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1 Imperatives How to best … Reduce traffic congestion? Move non-drivers? Attract new jobs? 7 Note to reader: these slides follow the six pages of narrative titled “TF Testimony”

2 Three Concerns -60-year old business model under- performs -Massive annual losses divert scarce tax dollars from other needs -More government vs. home rule 8

3 "We have a business model that is failing. You can't continue to run red ink and not make changes.” US Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, Dec,

4 A Tale of Two Cities Making It Work: More Transit, or Increased Regional Density Must Condemn 57% of 1990 built-up area for Residential use thru 2040 to achieve pop. density HaveNeed Rail Miles482,113 Stations382,800 For 60% of ‘02 pop. to be within.4 mi. of a station 10 Provide More Transit

5 3% Train + 2% Bus = 5% transit 3% Train + 2% Bus = 5% transit 11

6 Operating Expenses = 5 x Revenue MARTA 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, p. 5 Non-Operating revenue includes Fulton & DeKalb sales tax, use of capital funds, and federal grants (382,942) (348,297) 12

7 MARTA Boardings MARTA Boardings Unlinked Ref:MARTA 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, p 71 U.S. Census data 10-County Population + 20% + 10% % - 20% Train, -6% Bus, -17%

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9 Funding Sources 1 MARTA Annual Report, June 20, 2010, page 5 Gen’l Sales & Use taxes and Grants HIGHWAY 1 15% Diverted from Highway Use Fuel & Vehicle Taxes 1 53% Tolls5% Investment Income5% General Fund16% Bond Proceeds 11% Other 6% Property Taxes5% Non User Operating Revenue 81% Non-User 1 19% User 1 95%+ User 15

10 Air Quality Days of Non-Attainment Data Source: Cobb, Fulton, 13% 2000 – 2010 Population Growth Gwinnett, 37% Cherokee, 51% Car & Truck Registrations Poor Air Quality 16

11 Project Costs 52% Transit 52% Transit 48% Highway 48% Highway 1/2% Bike/Avn Source: RTR, Oct 15, 2011 Final Constrained List, 55% MARTA heavy rail 17% MARTA maint 21% Streetcar 6% Bus 55% MARTA heavy rail 17% MARTA maint 21% Streetcar 6% Bus Total Cost What’s the Ultimate Cost? What’s the Ultimate Cost? 17

12 TIA-AT-004/007 Atlanta Beltline and Atlanta Streetcar TIA-AT-004/007 Atlanta Beltline and Atlanta Streetcar Project Cost = $601,892,477 = $106,530 per rider Riders (11,300 boardings 1 / 2)5,650 1 ARC Project Fact Sheet, Approved Oct 15, MARTA 2010 Comprehensive Annual Report, p. 5 Operating & Maintenance 2010 Operating Loss 2 = $508,000,000 = $ 2,540 per rider 2010 Riders 3 200,000 x 5,650 riders = Annual taxpayer cost for riders $14,351,000 3 MARTA 2010 Comprehensive Annual Report Economic Impact of MARTA, Carl Vinson Inst. of Government, GSU, p. 5 18

13 $ 426,120 Project cost for four $106,530 ea. - $ 55,000Chauffeur, 9 years’ experience - $ 320,000Rolls Royce Phantom = $ 51,120 x 1,412 cars = $72.2m Savings to Taxpayers! A Carpooling Alternative Bonus: Employs 1,412 people (30% of MARTA’s 2010 workforce) 19

14 Transportation Authorities “The Act gives GRTA the power to build and operate, or force local governments to operate, public transportation systems. Further, it gives GRTA the power to cut off transportation funds to developments of regional impact of which it does not approve.” 20

15 Recommendations Principles Explain the law’s purpose Directly linked to GA Constitution Representation thru general elections “Gen’l Welfare” benefits apply to all Transparent 21

16 Recommendations Strategic Develop the Atlanta solution Repeal para 13(c), ‘91 Fed Transit Act Explain: - Why current gov’t cannot do what a new Transit Authority will do - What offices a new Transit Authority will eliminate Move transit costs to beneficiaries 22

17 Recommendations Operational Level Limit expenditures to projects on the Unconstrained Investment List Provide for publicly elected Transit Authority officers Develop & present best practices for telecommuter management 23

18 Recommendations Operational Level Require that measures of effectiveness, their factors, and values be published in the annual report, to include: Goals for traffic mitigation and accomplishments, by project Number of new passengers forecast & realized Cost per passenger-mile for rail and bus transit Fare box recovery ratio for train and bus transit Taxpayer subsidy cost per passenger Quantified comparison of taxpayer subsidies to benefits 24

19 Recommendations Exclusions Provide counties that operate transit wholly within their counties the option to exclude themselves from a regional transit authority Specifically exclude authority to: Exercise eminent domain Require jurisdictions to accept/operate transit they do not approve Override local jurisdictions’ land use planning and zoning authority, or invoke penalties on them for their planning & zoning decisions 25

20 Recommendations Administration Provide: –Governor’s executive order that establishes the TF –Meeting dates, times, locations, and agendas –Current draft of the transit authority act under development –Contact info for Transit Governance TF members –Meeting minutes; record by-name votes on questions that are not unanimous –Provision to sign up on-line for updates from the TF –Public comment at every meeting Solicit public involvement and testimony by taxpayer groups; solicit an equal period of their testimony as is provided by MARTA, GRTA, ACCG, GTA, etc. 26


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