They also want to make sure south-side residents get their fair share of transit improvements. That was a recurring theme during last year's debate about how to spend $2.7 billion for a voter-approved transit expansion in Atlanta.
Former state Rep. Virgil Fludd, MARTA’s assistant general manager for external affairs, also addressed the rally, suggesting the agency cares about the same issues.
“We want to use transit as a way of uplifting communities and uplifting neighborhoods,” Fludd said.
The community groups welcomed that message, but they also challenged the agency. Deborah Scott, executive director of the group Georgia STAND-UP, said transit is a civil right that has been denied some residents for too long.
“We have rights we haven’t been able to cash in on,” Scott said.