Monday, February 1, 2010

C-Tran's fate is focus of Wednesday public hearing

Posted By on Mon, Feb 1, 2010 at 4:06 PM

If you're a Clayton County resident who relies on public transit, you'll want to try to find a way to the Gold Dome on Wednesday.

State Sen. Emanuel Jones, D-Decatur, and members of the Georgia Black Legislative Caucus will hold a public hearing to discuss what funding options are available to keep C-Tran, the county's bus system, on the roads.

Last October, the cash-strapped Clayton County Commission ended the transit system's contract with MARTA. A Hail Mary attempt in December to tap federal stimulus dollars and extend bus service was unsuccessful. If lawmakers can't find a funding source to pay for the bus' operations, service will end on March 31 — and thousands of straphangers who made more than 2 million trips of C-Tran last year will have to find a new way to get around town and into Atlanta.

Clayton Chairman Eldrin Bell, who was the lone October vote against ending the MARTA contract, said that possible funding sources include a one-cent sales tax, red light camera tickets and leasing out the Lovejoy jail.

The public, along with Clayton County universities, labor groups and business leaders, are invited to the hearing, which starts at 3:30 p.m. in room 216 of the Gold Dome.

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