Letter to the Editor: Petition for More State Funding for MARTA

Community Organizer Kwabena "Cubby" Nkromo shares petition for more MARTA fare funding from the state of Georgia.


Dear Cascade Patch:

On Feb. 1, residents from Atlanta will deliver a petition to Douglas R. Hooker, Executive Director of the Atlanta Regional Commission and Nathan Deal, Governor of Georgia signed by 3200 people.

The petition was created on the website www.SignOn.org and states, "Transportation is central to metro Atlanta's growth and success. As the federally-designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the 18-county Atlanta region, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) develops regional plans and policies to enhance mobility. Among other issues, an aggressive and principled stance in support of adequate state funding of Atlanta public transportation that meets national standards could make a difference for the many people that depend on an affordable MARTA for a decent quality of life."

Atlanta is the only city of its size with no significant state funding for public transportation. Without sufficient funding, MARTA is forced to charge fares that are unaffordable for working people that need public transportation most. We are calling on the Executive Director of the Atlanta Regional Commission Douglas Hooker to aggressively advocate for and find resources to increase funding for MARTA in order to reduce fare expenses for poor and working people in metropolitan Atlanta.

To read the petition go to: http://signon.org/sign/arc-director-hooker-governor

Kwabena "Cubby" Nkromo, Organizer
Grassroots Action Team, South-West
964 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., Suite 10
Historic West End - Atlanta, GA 30310
404.604.8781 / future.metro.atl@gmail.com


SOGTP February 07, 2012 at 11:45 AM
I have a better idea. Privatize MARTA. If there is a for profit motive they would charge what is needed to make a profit, right size the stations, and expand if the market will bear the cost. That way MARTA would be off the back of the taxpayers.
Kwabena "Cubby" Nkromo February 07, 2012 at 03:32 PM
2/2/2012 Public transportation supporters had the opportunity yesterday afternoon to sit around the table with ARC’s new Executive Director, Douglas Hooker to discuss grassroots efforts for better transit in Atlanta. Director Hooker agreed to meet after a petition released through SignOn.org garnered several thousand responses. The meeting was exploratory in nature, and focused on ways that those who care about MARTA and other modes of transit can make their voices heard at a this critical time in the Atlanta region’s history. Community organizer Kwabena “Cubby” Nkromo with a citizen’s advocacy group called Grassroots Action Team, South-West led the meeting attended by several ARC staff members, Ryland McClendon of MARTA, Ashley Robbins of Citizens for Progressive Transit, and a host of other volunteers and activists.
Dominique Huff February 08, 2012 at 10:57 PM
We require on transit system not a bunch of them. We have MARTA, CCT (Cobb Community Transit), GCT (Gwinnett County Transit) and GRTA Xpress Buses. I know that originally MARTA was supposed to include Clayton and Gwinnett but they voted it down. Thus, leaving Fulton and Dekalb. The state loves telling MARTA what to do but they refuse to offer any funds on the table. If MARTA is a Fulton and Dekalb issue (as some state legislators say), let Fulton and Dekalb handle it without state interference. Its time for Clayton to stop beating around the bush and get on MARTA and pay up.


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