Metra Transit System officials will join other operators at the state capital today to meet with lawmakers in their search for more operating funds.
When the General Assembly convenes at 10 a.m., Metra Transit director Saundra Hunter will join others to note that 170 of 180 House districts and all 56 Senate districts contain some form of transit service.
“Our transit agencies are looking forward to sharing with the governor and General Assembly how much public transit in our state matters to every Georgian,” said Butch McDuffie, president of the Georgia Transit Association.
In Columbus, Metra Transit transports about 3,200 residents daily to work, shopping, doctors offices and other trips. Statewide, 750,000 use the transit system daily.
“Because of transit, millions of gallons of fuel are saved, traffic congestion and air pollution is reduced and jobs are created and sustained,” McDuffie said.
Transit systems need more funding for operations, maintenance and capital programs in every city, he said.