Public Hearings: Race wars, white supremacy and the Bible
Monday and Tuesday of this week gave us another round of budget public hearings. If you haven’t ever been to one, you should try it sometime. They give me a headache, mainly because no one out there seems to have any clue of how transit works, and particularly how it is, or in Atlanta’s case, isn’t funded. To me, this is a failure on transit advocates and MARTA’s fault on not educating people. We can’t expect them to know if we never teach them, and when questions were asked that would have opened up that discussion, the issue was skirted.
Like the dude who asked why a city as small as Atlanta needed funds when places like Pittsburgh and New York don’t. Okay A: don’t compare us to New York. Don’t compare anything to New York. They move more people a day than the entire nation’s worth of transit systems combined. (that may be a tad bit of a stretch, but work with me here).
B: they need funding, too. Every transit system in the nation is hurting, everything is hurting in this economy.
C: BECAUSE MARTA DON’T GET NO STATE FUNDING!!!!
Are you mad about potential fare increases? Call your state reps. Do service cuts have you seething? Call your city council members. Do you want to see better transit in our region? Write a letter to your legislators.
Forty some people made comments at the hearing Monday in Fulton. Some were well thought out. Some were outright stupid:
People are dying on MARTA mobility.
Race race race and MLK Jr.
Bathrooms! Holy crap I gotta take a crap how can you only have 9 open? And then you put in soda machines that are gonna have to make me pee more? Ahh!
Amos 5:24 Let judgement rain down. I guess on the MARTA folks for raising fares when the eldery on fixed incomes can’t afford it.
Future generations can’t afford it.
(Does this mean everyone between the ages on 5 and 60 can afford it?)
O, nope, the hardworking people can not afford the increase, either.
All the good paying jobs are outside of the MARTA service area. Like in Austell. What is out in Austell, besides McMansions?
No transit system can survive on fare revenue alone.
Why does MARTA partner with the white surpremist organizations in Cobb and Gwinnett that kept MARTA out?
And blah blah blah. O, and Rep. Vincent Fort spoke out against the TIA, but his opinion doesn’t really count, Mr. Anti-MARTA-friend-of-Jill-Chambers. But kudos to him for showing up. I did hear people asking where Mayor Kasim Reed was.
In other news, Cobb County is looking to increase fares and reduce service for the second year in a row as well. Why aren’t they all up in arms as well?