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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Perdue: No special session for MARTA

click to enlarge Governor Perdue takes questions from reporters after speaking on the floor of the House Friday night.
  • Governor Perdue takes questions from reporters after speaking on the floor of the House Friday night.

From the AJC's Gold Dome Live:

Gov. Sonny Perdue told reporters that his staff met with MARTA officials Tuesday morning in hopes of coming up with a solution to the transit system’s funding problems.

However, it doesn’t sound like he will go along with MARTA’s call for a special session to pass legislation to help the system.

The governor mentioned several times that MARTA made no effort to get him involved in passing legislation that would have freed up funding for the system. The bill failed.

“It’s always unfortunate when people who depend on MARTA have their service cut, and I hope they (MARTA) can find a way …. to make it through the end of the year,” the governor said.

In the meantime, Citizens for Progressive Transit, a local grassroots group, is asking its members and other mobility-minded residents to contact Perdue's office.

(Photo by Joeff Davis)

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