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04 August 2010

In Clayton County, Private Citizens Step Up After Government Fails Them

Five months ago, the Clayton County Board of Commissioners failed their constituents when they allowed the local transit system to go under, leaving many without a way to work or school.

Since the last day Clayton County Transit, or C-TRAN, operated, private individuals have stepped up and filled the void left by the government. First, Southside Transportation began running two 15-passenger vans for those who needed a ride to nearby locations. Now a new company has emerged in the south metro county that's picking up even more of the slack left by the government.

QuickTransit, a local service catering specifically to Clayton residents, began operating on Monday. With a fleet of five buses and six paratransit vans, the service is picking up two of C-TRAN’s busiest routes — the 503 (Riverdale/Mt. Zion Parkway), and the 504 (Riverdale/Ga. Highway 85/Flint River).

“Clayton County is really suffering because there is no transportation,” [QuickTransit owner Tywanna] Albro said. “Businesses are closing, people are losing their jobs, or they are paying lots of money on taxis. We actually took a leap of faith and invested our own money into the service. We bought buses from Virginia and we bought buses from California. We are growing, and we are currently looking for more drivers.”

Hall, Joel (2010-8-3). Quick Transit offers hope to bus riders. Clayton News Daily. Retrieved on 2010-8-4.

So what's happening in Clayton County is that government failed the people. Private individuals, in response, are acting on their own to succeed where the government failed. As a result, these private individuals are keeping people on the job and creating new jobs. It's economic stimulus without a single, large, bloated spending bill going through Congress.

If these two private services --Southside Transportation and QuickTransit-- are successful, then one starts to wonder what the purpose of all this government we've got.

If private individuals and private enterprise can do it better, then maybe our elected officials should take a serious look at gradually making some government services private. And . . .

. . . Once government has fewer services to fulfill, we can start talking about reducing the overall size of government.

Just saying.