Kent D. Johnson, email@example.com
November 28, 2012 DECATUR Patrons board buses in the Marta bus loop in downtown Dercatur Wednesday, November 28, 2012. MARTA: Love it or hate it, more and more people need it. The number of workers who depend on MARTA to get to their jobs - nearly 100,000 people - has tripled in the past five years, according to a just-released University of Georgia study. Other findings by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government study include: �RTA's spending - its 2011 capital and operating budget was $617 million - supported between 20,000 and 37,000 jobs in Georgia between 2007 and 2011. The fluctuations were caused by differences in annual capital expenditures. �arly 150,000 workers in the Atlanta area, including car owners, use MARTA for their daily commute. � the 18 fastest growing industry sectors, 14 employ workers who rely heavily on MARTA. �bs supported by MARTA's capital budget provide $500 million to $1 billion in personal income each year. �e economic activity of the nearly 100,000 MARTA-dependent workers support another 80,000 additional jobs. "If MARTA didn't exist, those 100,000 jobs and the 80,000 they support would likely go away," said Wes Clarke, one of the UGA researchers who prepared the study on MARTA's economic role. "It shows the magnitude of the impact of being able to get people to jobs by way of a transit system." KENT D. JOHNSON / KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM
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