Woman Fights to Dump Double Fares for Paratransit Passengers

ATLANTA -- Harriet Bradley, caregiver for 92-year-old Mildred Mallory says enough is enough on paying double fares when traveling Gwinnett Paratransit, then switching to MARTA Mobility.

She says it an outrage that Mallory and others like her have to pay a full fare on one carrier then are forced to pay another full fare on a second carrier. Regular passengers traveling both systems pay only one fare for a fraction of the cost.

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Flawed transit governance proposal unfair to MARTA counties and Atlanta region

How disappointing.

After months and months of study, the Transit Governance Task Force has come up with recommendations that are unacceptable — especially for residents in Fulton and DeKalb counties who have been investing in MARTA for the past four decades.

One of the most insulting elements of the proposed legislation could be described as blackmail.

To free MARTA from the state-imposed restriction that 50 percent of its revenues be spent on capital and 50 percent be spent on operations, MARTA basically would have to turn over most of its authorities to the newly-created Transit Governance Council. For the record, no other transit agency in the nation is saddled with such an unworkable rule.

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ARC’s Plan 2040 passes; but two key members vote ‘No’ because of too little transit

The board of the Atlanta Regional Commission voted today to pass its Plan 2040 — a 30-year blueprint accommodating future growth in a sustainable way.

But two board members — Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and C.J. Bland, a citizen member representing DeKalb County — voted against the plan because it included only minimal amount of transit. The plan calls for an investment of $61 billion in the region’s transportation network over the next 30 years.

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Divisions come to fore in regional transportation effort

Racial divisions came to the surface Wednesday as mayors and county commissioners met to build unity for a transportation initiative.

The panel of officials is trying to choose a transportation project list this summer to submit to voters in the 10-county Atlanta region next year. Voters would weigh a 1 percent sales tax to fund the projects.

After four white men newly hired as consultants introduced the strategy for the referendum’s communications campaign, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said he was “stunned” that there was no woman or nonwhite person among them.

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Open LetterPartnership for Southern Equity (PSE) is a regional network of diverse organizations committed to promoting balanced growth and shared prosperity throughout the metropolitan Atlanta region. Our collective understanding of the role transportation can play in encouraging regional sustainability and economic competitiveness has compelled us to organize the “Just Transportation Circle,” a regional coalition of over twenty (20) organizations committed to promoting transportation equity. Read PSE's April 20th letter to the Regional Roundtable Executive Committe:

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