Calls for Atlanta to cut bus services for transit-dependent riders in order to build rail for higher-income groups

In Politics by Michael Rae

Some transit advocates are complaining that the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transportation Authority (MARTA) spends too much of its funding operating bus services. ‘Transit advocates upset with too much spending on transit’ might sound like an Onion headline but as reporter David Wickert detailed in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, some of the region’s transit advocates worry that MARTA is spending so much money on bus operations that the agency will not be able to build new rail on the BeltLine, an industrial corridor encircling Downtown and Midtown Atlanta. 

These types of arguments over whether to spend transit’s limited resources on operations or new