Recent Storms and Major Development Could Revive Discussion of State Money for MARTA, Other Transit

Feb 17, 2014

Rep. Mike Jacobs (R-Brookhaven), chair of the MARTA Oversight Committee
Credit Georgia General Assembly

  In the last couple of weeks, metro Atlanta has seen two snowstorms.  While traffic was gridlocked for more than a day in some places during the first storm, MARTA's trains ran relatively well.  MARTA did see a service suspension for hours during the second storm emergency.  But then came word of plans for a giant new mixed-use development in Dunwoody, with State Farm as the principal tenant.  A key element of the plan was its link to the Dunwoody MARTA station.  All of this raises the question of whether Georgia officials might take another look at state funding for MARTA, which gets no direct state money right now.  WABE's Denis O'Hayer spoke with Rep. Mike Jacobs, a Brookhaven Republican who chairs the MARTA Oversight Committee.