Monday, December 8, 2008

An idea whose time has come

The AJC reports that transit ridership is up, not just around the country but in Atlanta, too. For me, the key item in the report is the increasing use of transit from areas that are not in the city of Atlanta:
MARTA ridership for the third quarter was 12.4 percent higher than in the same period in 2007, according to APTA spokeswoman Virginia Miller. Gwinnett County Transit drew 11.3 percent more riders, and in the Savannah area Chatham Area Transit Authority saw a 3.7 percent rise. Partial data for Hall Area Transit in Gainesville showed a 71.5 percent increase
Haven't we reached a point where we need state level funding? MARTA of course, is the largest transit system in the country without state funding, but the increased ridership across the board makes a stronger case for state-level funding. It isn't just MARTA that could use the support now. I'm sure a 71.5% increase in ridership is going to be hard for Hall Area Transit to manage. Set up a state funding mechanism, and fund all these local transit systems.

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