Originally Posted by bourbonbasted
To be fair they proposed that tax in conjunction with a lot of other, less honorable, policies. There were far-reaching effects of the bill. However, politics aside, MARTA is a complete abortion. It was created on a completely un-scalable platform for a city that more or less no longer exists. To make any impact we'd need a completely new solution and not just gild a turd. And even then, driving is a culture in Atlanta. OTP-ers wouldn't know what to make of a real, effective mass transportation solution.
Again, however, I'll keep the debate out of MC
I quite like the new CEO/GM. His attitude seems to be one that will, or at least should, work well with the powers that be in the state, and at the same time push whatever system we end up with forward.
MARTA is a mess on purpose. Atlanta Magazine actually had a few pretty good articles on MARTA and the state of transportation in the city and sprawl leading up to the vote that shed some light on the history of the system that a lot of people didn't know. I was surprised how many of my colleagues didn't know the circumstances the system was founded in.
EDIT: Yeah, they buggered the bill pretty bad, timing wise, and the policy could've been a lot better.