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You Said It: MARTA Fare Hike

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This week we're asking MARTA riders outside the Decatur station: How do you feel about a possible MARTA rate increase? MARTA is considering a fare hike of 50 cents as soon as Oct. 2. That would mean a one way fare would be $2.50 under the proposal. Monthly passes would increase from $68 to $95. 

MARTA plans to hold public hearings on May 16 at 7 p.m., in the South Fulton Service Center at 5600 Stonewall Tell Rd., in College Park; and the Fulton County Government Center at 141 Pryor St., in Atlanta. On May 17, public hearings will be held at 7 p.m., at the , 1300 Commerce Drive in Decatur; and North Fulton Service Center, 7741 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs.

justin May 04, 2011 at 02:27 AM
Raise them fares! Maybe we will pay more attention to MARTA when they say support State Funding.
Lewinbrau May 05, 2011 at 02:50 PM
Penalize the people who use public transportation?...yeah, what a novel idea. How about penalizing the people who DON'T use it! Send the money from the GA-400 toll road to MARTA. With that money, MARTA covers operating expenses and can work on expanding to places like Alpharetta. When the expansion(s) are complete, this would reduce the number of drivers using the 400, AND ALL OTHER ROADS IN THIS CITY, and expand the reach of public transportation to those who need it...especially with fuel prices being at all time highs.
Cynthia L. Armistead May 11, 2011 at 03:43 PM
We moved to Decatur in 2005 specifically so we would be able to use MARTA and be a one-car family. Since then, the buses lines/schedules have been totally reworked 2 or 3 times, every time reducing services and becoming less and less convenient. The fares have increased as well. It's looking more and more like we're going to have to find a way to acquire at least one, and possibly two more vehicles. At this rate, we might as well move back to Gwinnett County, where we can get much more house and yard for the same amount of money and not deal with sirens at all hours of the day and night, and where my daughter was never once propositioned as if she was a prostitute! (Something that happened in the first few weeks of living here, a few blocks from our home, when she was just 15 - and it had NOTHING to do with her dress or behavior.) Not only that, in Gwinnett we would have access to a library worth of the name. There are many things we love about living in Decatur that we wouldn't have in Gwinnett, of course, but there are things we miss. And the absolutely insane management of MARTA is an ongoing problem - as is the joke that is Dekalb County's leadership.

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