MARTA signs deals with Clayton County, defers vote on paratransit

By David Pendered

A sense of the possible evidently floated over MARTA’s board of directors meeting Thursday.

Significantly, the board voted to defer a vote on privatizing the paratransit system – a vote that will enable MARTA’s staff to consider a cost-cutting proposal from the transit union.

The board also cast a vote that, at this point, was largely symbolic: To enter into a number of agreements to provide transit service in Clayton County that area related to the vote by Clayton County voters to approve a sales tax to join the transit system.

The vote on the Clayton County transit issue came, no doubt, as a welcoming embrace for the advocates who had worked so diligently to provide the MARTA transit opportunity to Clayton County.

MARTA board member Jim Durrett presented a resolution that creates a 14th amendment to the MARTA contract with existing partners that include Fulton and DeKalb counties, and the city of Atlanta.

An array of “whereas” statements will enable MARTA to provide service to Clayton County. The document addresses a variety of engineering concerns.

The decision to defer a vote on privatizing the paratransit services has been in the works for more than a month.

The union presented an array of alternatives and MARTA’s board agreed to consider them.

Details of both proposals will be reported shortly on saportareport.com

 

David Pendered, Managing Editor, is an Atlanta journalist with more than 30 years experience reporting on the region’s urban affairs, from Atlanta City Hall to the state Capitol. Since 2008, he has written for print and digital publications, and advised on media and governmental affairs. Previously, he spent more than 26 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and won awards for his coverage of schools and urban development. David graduated from North Carolina State University and was a Western Knight Center Fellow. David was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in North Carolina and is married to a fifth-generation Atlantan.

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  1. writes_of_weigh says:

    One wonders if Norfolk Southern’s Canadian owners(would be), Canadian Pacific, and it’s chairman, E. H. Harrison, 
    might
    be slightly more receptive to a Clayton County, indeed middle Georgia,
    expansion of rail passenger-centric services over the existing route
    structure of NS(C P does permit Rocky Mountaineer Excursion/Tour trains
    over portions of it’s Canadian network) or if their vision might include
    the same sort of Virginia “tunnel vision” NS and Wick Moorman and his
    ilk have visited upon the Peach State taxed payers, a place where NS
    still hopes for taxpayer largess to cover upgrading it’s Savannah and
    Brunswick ports connected routes via Macon to Atlanta?   –
    See more at:
    http://saportareport.com/blog/2014/11/martas-dramatic-win-in-clayton-to-impact-atlanta-region-on-micro-macro-level/#sthash.pxcgiKF2.dpufReport

    Reply

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