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December 3, 2015

Speaker Ralston open to improving transit options for all Georgians

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston may be warming up to idea of expanding MARTA in the region.  During a breakfast meeting hosted by the public policy organization PolicyBest, the Speaker expressed a clear willingness to explore transit options with an eye toward boosting Georgia's economic vitality.

ralstonDavid“I want to be clear on something with regard to MARTA and transit in general. One of the things about enacting the best policies is the willingness to change your opinion when new data and new facts are presented. I don’t know if MARTA will expand, and if it does, I don’t know what it might look like.

“But what I do know is that major companies who seek out our state want reliable public transit options in metro Atlanta. If we expect to continue to attract global firms such as Mercedes Benz, we have to be willing to leave the past in the past and think more about the future…. Whether we’re talking about roads, bridges, public transit or our ports, we have to look beyond that which is politically expedient and seek out real solutions, those policies that will empower the continued economic growth of this state, or choose stagnation.”

— Georgia House Speaker David Ralston Dec. 2, 2015

AJC Columnist Jay Bookman also shared his take on the Speakers comments.