MARTA Riders Call For Special Session

ATLANTA (AP) - A dozen Atlanta Democratic legislators and hundreds of MARTA riders rallied in downtown Atlanta to call for a special session of the Georgia Legislature to solve the transit system's funding problems.

MARTA officials have called for a special session for legislation that would allow them to tap into their reserves. The system is considering cutting services as it grapples with a $24 million budget shortfall.

State Sen. Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta, demanded on Wednesday Perdue
call for a special session or issue an executive order to fix the problem. Others in the crowd chanted "it's our money."

The governor has said "we will do our best not to call a special session."

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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