Issue

Issue: Restore Bus Routes and Bathrooms at MARTA

Did you know?

  • Georgia has 12 urban and 100 rural transit systems.  Out of those systems, MARTA is the only public transit system in the entire state restricted from using the T-SPLOST money.  MARTA can’t use any T-SPLOST (Georgia Transportation Investment Act) money for operation and maintenance.

  • T-SPLOST will increase your taxes on food and prescriptions.  Rockdale and DeKalb County already pay an increase tax on food of 1% starting January 2011 due to the passage of HB1221 in 2010 under HOST.  Should we pay another 1% tax increase (total of 2%) on our food in Rockdale and DeKalb County in less than two year?  T-SPLOST is a regressive tax that will overtax the middle class and the poor.
  • The state of Georgia must stop the manipulation of MARTA’s funding which affects our bus routes and rates by removing the 50/50 Restriction.  Since Georgia does not give MARTA any money for operation and maintenance, stop telling DeKalb and Fulton County how to spend the money!  If you don’t pay, you shouldn’t have a say!
  • Due to cuts in funding, MARTA stated they had no choice but to close 29 of its 38 public bath rooms across the system; yet, MARTA plan to place vending machines in all 38 rail stations.  Over 500,000 people ride the MARTA daily; yet, the state of Georgia provides no funding for the operation of MARTA.
  • DeKalb and Fulton have paid a 1% transportation tax for the operation of MARTA for over 30 years which went from 23 million dollars per month in 2002 to 31 million dollars per month in 2010.

What do Cobb, Clayton, and Gwinnett Counties pay toward MARTA in taxes for operation and maintenance?  Zero (Nothing)!

Every MARTA rider needs to know that MARTA is restricted from using TSPLOST funding for operations and maintenance.  We have the passage below:

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