At MARTA, as the largest public transit operator in the southern United States, we have been privileged to serve this community for almost four decades. As we all look toward a bigger and brighter future, we stand committed to working in good faith with our member jurisdictions, regional partners and the state of Georgia to create the transit “transformation” that will be required to effectively serve our growing region.
By any standard, duplication of transit services and assets, lack of coordinated fares, services and customer communications, continued balkanization and competing federal funding priorities is not smart. Perhaps, the one silver lining in these tough economic times is the challenge of maximizing limited resources to best serve the public interest. When it comes to improving transportation and transit, we must figure out “How We Can; and not Why We Can’t.”