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