Will Public Transit Return to Clayton County?

Thomas Wheatley over at Creative Loafing just reported that an effort is underway to put a binding referendum on the ballot by November for Clayton County to join MARTA.

Excerpts from the story:

“My primary goal and concern is to bring back public transit yesterday,” says state Rep. Roberta Abdul-Salaam, D-Riverdale, who’s working with Friends of Clayton Transit, a coalition of several groups, including residents, business owners, environmentalists, bus and rail advocates, civil rights groups and clergy, to bring back public transportation.

C-Tran, Clayton County’s local bus system, ceased operations in 2010 after commissioners voted against funding the service during a budget crunch, leaving thousands of straphangers — many of whom lacked access to a car — with few options.

This is the last opportunity to bring public transit back to the county without having to go back to the General Assembly. Let’s hope the Clayton County Commissioners are willing to put add this to the ballot on or before the November elections.

I’d also like to point out that while I am certainly critical of the Sierra Club’s stance on T-SPLOST, I do applaud their efforts in making this binding referendum a reality for the citizens of Clayton County.