“Motorists aren’t doing their part.”
MTA is facing service cuts again for the upcoming year, just like most major and minor transit agencies, due to shortfalls in tax projections. Bad economy and all that nonsense.
Is this news? Nope.
Why do I feel the need to tell you about it? Because of the list of taxes that fell short.
In May 2009, New York passed legislature creating new taxes to bail out MTA, including a major payroll tax, a 50-cent taxi fee, surcharges on driver’s licenses, and increased car-rental and garage fees. Holy f*ing mother of mystery, I nearly passed out when I first heard about that. In Georgia, all of our gas taxes go to roads, you can park in downtown Atlanta for $5 a day, and there is no state support for transit. And while people down here complain about the quality of MARTA compared to MTA, they have no idea what goes into the largest, most extensive transit system in the nation.
Can’t we get a little bit of that kind of support? Just a smidgen, Georgia?
As one MTA board member put it, “The riders have done their part with service cuts and fare hikes, but motorists aren’t doing their part.”
Can we make Georgia motorists do their part? Heck, I’ll settle for a fourth of their part at this point.