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MARTA to use Clayton grant money elsewhere

JONESBORO — Half a million dollars in federal dollars earmarked for public transportation improvements in Clayton County will be used elsewhere in metro Atlanta.

The Clayton County Board of Commissioners unanimously gave the Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority permission to spend $574,163 to make transit improvements to its system. The money comes from a 2009 Federal Transit Authority grant MARTA applied for on Clayton County’s behalf. The money must be spent before the grant expires Sept. 30, according to county documents.

MARTA’s service is primarily limited to Fulton and DeKalb counties. However, it does have one stop on the Clayton-Fulton county line at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

MARTA also previously operated the county’s C-Tran bus service from 2007 until the county had it shut down in March 2010. The grant money had been intended to pay for C-Tran’s operations.

“Clayton County has discussed the funding usage with the MARTA and the FTA and has requested, as much as practically possible, the funding be applied to locations and/or initiatives that are most beneficial to Clayton County citizens who utilize the MARTA system,” county transportation Director Jeff Metarko wrote in a legislative request form.

County officials announced last month they are preparing to do a feasibility study to look into public transit’s return to Clayton County. Whether that would be an expansion of MARTA into the county, or the creation of a stand-alone system remains to be seen.

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OscarKnight 8 months, 1 week ago

.....Quote : (("Half a million dollars in federal dollars earmarked for public transportation improvements in Clayton County will be used elsewhere in metro Atlanta"))

......Now; Clayton County can't be blamed for this wasteful spending !!!

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Michael 8 months, 1 week ago

Oscar, why can't Clayton County be blamed? The funds could have been returned to the feds where it could have been put to good use for projects like studying the effect of alcohol on Taiwanese prostitutes. Just sayin'

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OscarKnight 8 months, 1 week ago

...Micheal; These funds would be used for public transportation projects funded for MARTA ( Mass Atlanta Rapid Transportation Authority ). MARTA has it's own financial problems, with keeping up the costs of they transportation costs. Once this county allows MARTA arrive in our county, we too will be footing the bills to something that this county cannot afford. It was tried with our C-Tran, but no profit was being made......We don't want to make the same mistake.to happen twice Thankfully, C-Train was a quick fix, however, MARTA will be a more long lasting burden. If this happens; Clayton County has no one to blame, except themselves. The funds will not be returned to the feds :

Quote : (( " Half a million dollars in federal dollars earmarked for public transportation improvements in Clayton County will be used elsewhere in metro Atlanta" ))

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OscarKnight 8 months, 1 week ago

.....Before anyone begins to tell us how good Public Transportation would do for this county; Think Again. Clayton County exhibited more economic growth, without having MARTA or Mass Transit Public Transportation. Don't use our failure of not having Public Transportation an excuse...Believe me; With or without it....Clayton County will not improve. Those that disagrees, is speculating on a future that will never happen.

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Robert 8 months, 1 week ago

It's good to give the money to MARTA to be used for MARTA. Let them keep the money and the buses in Atlanta. Good riddance to both.

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OscarKnight 8 months, 1 week ago

....The Clayton County Peanut Gallery is been pushing for this, since the takeover. If they wanted buses & rail sevice, they should have remained in Atlanta or Fulton County.

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OscarKnight 8 months, 1 week ago

....Undiscovered Talent might be found on the MARTA Trains : Free Styling

....Maybe The Clayton County Peanut Gallery can provide a back up chorus for SOULJA GIRL :

...REMIX :

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OscarKnight 8 months, 1 week ago

.....The above Video has the opinion that Clayton County has a need for Mass Transit, however, the traffic shown in the Video has opened roads with no congestion.

.....Clayton County has easy access to 1-75, The 285 perimeter loop, and 1-85. It takes me about 25 minutes from my house to arrive at Piedmont Hospital. If traveling by bus, it would take more than 25 minutes to walk to the bus stop.

.....Of course; MARTA will have sales pitches, just like any other Snake Oil Salesmen that rides their wagon into a town. If Clayton County was to accept MARTA, this county would become another donor county for Atlanta.

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MD 8 months, 1 week ago

This county has a lot more urgent problems right now, than worrying about how to transport people who will never learn to transport themselves, if they are given everything.

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OscarKnight 8 months, 1 week ago

...Read More About State Rep. Keisha Waites :

...Quote : (( "Hill’s supporters have packed the courtroom every day this week and included elected officials such as state Reps. Keisha Waites and Darryl Jordan." ))

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