The Atlanta Journal-Constitution published an op-ed by Foundation Vice President Benita M. Dodd
on Tuesday, October 30, that proposed MARTA’s deficit be reduced through managed competition
, including privatization and outsourcing at the transit agency.
Add jobs, cut losses
By Benita Dodd
The failure of MARTA, the backbone of Atlanta’s public transportation, will devastate the region’s workers and mobility. KPMG’s recent audit warns that on its current course, the transit authority is unsustainable: MARTA must cut $25 million a year. Managed competition, including privatization and outsourcing, is critical.
There are two reasons to embrace this approach. First, Harvard professor Stephen Goldsmith, as mayor of Indianapolis, identified government’s role in his “Yellow Pages” test: “If the phone book lists three companies…