MARTA officials, who looked like they were at a wake after they heard the news, said drastic cuts to bus and train service were on the way. Veteran lobbyists called the move “irresponsible.”
This bothers me so much. How does forcing drastic service cuts help MARTA? This isn't tough love. There is no lesson here for MARTA to learn - the only real criticism I've heard was pay raises that happened more than a year ago. Someone made the point - how is MARTA supposed to hire quality management to improve operations without paying them more? If the legislature wants MARTA to improve its management practices, they need to let them try and improve things.
This bill wasn't even asking for state money! Fuck, man. This is how a transit system goes into a death spiral - they cut services to the point that the system ceases to operate. I'm not sure what more MARTA could have done to impress on the Legislature how dire the situation is. I suspect this bill failing is typical Jill Chambers bullshit.