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03 March 2010

Hope Continues To Fade For Mass Transit In Clayton County

28 days from now, Clayton County will be without a bus system resulting in patrons having to find another way to work or school. Adding insult to injury, the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) announced Tuesday that a plan to add three Xpress buses in Clayton was shot down by the Federal Transit Administration.

The Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) announced Tuesday that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has shot down a proposal to add three new Xpress bus routes in Clayton County, following the March 31 demise of the county’s C-TRAN bus service.

The news of the FTA’s decision filtered into the Clayton County Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday. During the meeting, the board voted 4-0 — with Commissioner Michael Edmondson not present — to approach U.S. Rep. David Scott (D-Ga.) to ask him to use his influence to intervene in the FTA’s decision to deny CMAQ funding for the new Xpress routes.

Hall, Joel (2010-3-3). Plan to add Clayton Xpress routes denied. Clayton News-Daily. Retrieved on 2010-3-3.

Sadly, David Scott can't do much to stave off the end of mass transit in Clayton County.

The local county commission has made it clear that they have no intention to keep the bus system running. The legislative delegation continue to miss the obvious solution --authorizing MARTA in Clayton County-- and instead keep waiting on the state to pass a transportation plan.

Without the support of the local elected officials, what can a Member of Congress do?