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18 March 2010

Assistant MARTA GM Suggests Expanding Into Clayton County

In thirteen days, Clayton County Transit (C-TRAN) will be no more.

Yet there is still hope that March 31st will not mark the end of public transit in the south metro Atlanta county.

MARTA Assistant General Manager Ryland McClendon proposed a solution to ClayCo's mass transit woes that I've been advocating in favor of for the last few months -- bring MARTA to Clayton County.

While MARTA cannot use any of its money for C-TRAN, in one scenario MARTA could be part of a solution: if it went into Clayton County.

"We would say to them the consideration of putting it to the voters as to whether or not they would be willing to pay a one cent sales tax that would allow MARTA to operate in Clayton County is a solution that could be explored," McClendon said.

Watson, Jaye (2010-3-17). MARTA Penny Tax Could Bring Service to Clayton County. WXIA-TV. Retrieved on 2010-3-18.

All it takes is one Clayton County legislator to drop the bill authorizing a referendum on MARTA. I'm pretty sure the legislation would sail through the General Assembly and be approved by a wide margin by the voters.

What the heck are Clayton County's elected officials waiting for? Time is a luxury they don't have.