Reed Renews Push For Small-Scale Transit Cooperation

Feb 6, 2014

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed
Credit Michell Eloy

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is again calling for small-scale regional cooperation for transit systems.  

Reed Thursday hit on a theme he first touched on in 2012 right after metro Atlanta rejected a penny sales tax for regional transportation improvements, known as the T-SPLOST: the 10-county transit plan was too large, and a smaller solution is needed.

“A smaller solution would mean two or more counties could pair, but it wouldn’t be the big 10-county solution unless we have a more favorable referendum date around the November timeline,” Reed said.

Reed said more light rail would have to be part of the solution for Atlanta. He said MARTA, Atlanta’s rapid rail and bus system, is currently seeking federal dollars to strengthen the system, though he didn’t give specifics.

A resolution currently awaiting a Senate vote would begin moving the region in a more cooperative direction, but on a smaller scale.

The resolution proposes a joint website between MARTA, the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, Cobb Community transit and Gwinnett County Transit.

The website would allow riders to plan and pay for trips among participating transit systems.