It’s a universally accepted truth around here that if you are a government entity, and you want to protect your budget in an era of cuts, you make the most painful public cut of services possible to ensure that the public demands your funding is restored.
Don’t believe me? Ask the Board Of Regents about their great plan to cut 4-H.
Marta now takes up the mantle by saying “No More Braves Shuttle“.
While I don’t have statistics to prove my point (like I ever do?), I think it’s a safe assumption that MARTA sees it’s greatest spikes in ridership, and thus additional revenue, around sporting events.
But, these riders are mixed in with a heavy group of suburbanites who, according to common knowledge, don’t pay taxes to support Marta (because, you know, these folks never shop in Fulton or DeKalb counties).
It is true that Marta receives no state funding. I’m pretty sure some of our local experts on the subject will be quick to point out they are the only large metro transit agency in such a position.
So, Peach Pundit community, I posit this questsion: Is Marta right to take away the services not relied on as much by their core county residents relative to use by non-supportive suburbanites? Or is this a ploy to make folks in Cherokee County demand the state to fund their Braves shuttle? Neither? Both?