Over half the total funding, $3.2 billion, is going to a mode of transportation that less than 5 percent of commuters choose to use — mass transit.
I'm having fun reading through all of the misguided anti-transit editorials being slung around these days. This thought of the week is from Steve Brown a Fayette County Commissioner. He's trying to make the case that spending money on transit is a waste because only 5% of the metro area uses transit and that it is subsidized. However, what he doesn't address is that virtually everyone in the metro area benefits from the transit system. It takes over 400,000 trips off the roads each day. That's 146,000,000 trips a year that would most likely be made by car on our roads. So, the next time you hear someone say MARTA or transit is worthless, think about adding all of those cars to the roads... where does that get us? STUCK IN TRAFFIC.
I'd also like to point out that MARTA ridership would be much, much higher if for commuters could "choose" to ride. That's the objective with the TIA2012. Give Atlanta more choices.