Georgia Unfiltered

Search This Site

23 March 2010

Clayton County Legislator Wants A Nonbinding Referendum On MARTA

With Clayton County Transit (or C-TRAN) shutting down in a matter of days, all options should be explored to keep people riding what could be their only way of getting around.

At the state Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner Monday night, state Rep. Roberta Abdul-Salaam (D - Riverdale) told me about a bill she had drafted to allow Clayton County residents to vote on joining MARTA. The only problem is that the referendum is nonbinding.

House Bill 1446 presents the following question to Clayton County voters in the July 20th primary election:

"Should Clayton County become a full participant in MARTA (the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) and levy a sales tax in support of MARTA and Clayton County's public transportation needs?"

This referendum is a good thing, but let's put some teeth behind it. Let's make H.B. 1446 a binding referendum.

I believe that Clayton County voters will overwhelming approve joining MARTA. I believe that if folks know that the most they'll be inconvenienced without public transportation is the few months it takes to implement the results of the binding MARTA referendum, it will be more palatable to them because they'll know that hope is just over the horizon.

Let's make this vote binding and start creating a truly regional mass transit system.