5 things to know about Metro Atlanta transit expansion 1. Georgia lawmakers are discussing ways to boost public transit funding as Atlanta competes for Amazon's HQ2. 2. In Clayton County, MARTA has expanded bus service and is negotiating for right-of-way with an eye to adding rail. 3. By the end of 2018, there will be more than 50 new miles of express toll lanes in metro Atlanta. 4. The Cobb/Cherokee Northwest Corridor project will feature 30 miles of reversible lanes, with 39 new bridges. 5. Georgia spe
Last year an arbitration panel overturned the agency's decision to outsource paratransit service, saying it violated the terms of the drivers' labor contract. But last month a Fulton County judge overruled the arbitration panel.
Stanley Smalls, an ATU executive board member, said the union also is concerned about the safety of paratransit buses. He said MARTA’s fleet is aging, and exhaust fumes sometimes sicken passengers and drivers.
“We’ve got operators driving until they get dizzy,” Smalls said. “That’s not safe.”
Fisher said MARTA is “committed to providing safe, reliable transportation to its Mobility patrons —many of whom are among our most vulnerable riders, including senior citizens and people living with disabilities.”