No one rides transit, so why should we build more?
Our transit system is one that is limited in its reach, but also one which is actively working to change that. With the passing of the MARTA expansion tax in November 2016 in the City of Atlanta, the agency has already started rolling out new bus services and planning is well underway for Heavy Rail, Light Rail, Bus Rapid Transit, and Streetcar expansions within the city. With both Fulton and DeKalb looking to have similar expansion efforts, as well as already underway work in Clayton, MARTA will be growing in scope and reach for Decades to come, and with that, the usefulness of transit as a whole.
Despite its current limits, MARTA is already the 9th largest transit agency in the nation, with the 8th largest rider/mile (2014) value in the country, serving over 430,000 riders a day. This ridership is only certain to grow as more companies and developers build near existing transit lines, and the metro in general grows, coupled with the network effect of expansion.
That is, when transit grows, it reaches new potential riders, while also adding new destinations for those already within the service area.