Representative Pat Gardner put four years of experience on the House Transportation Committee and appointment to the Metro Region Transit Governance Committee to work in protecting MARTA, its riders, and its workers.
When MARTA faced the likelihood of drastic cutbacks when money was short, Pat Gardner worked to release three years' of funding normally reserved for new lines and equipment. These extra operating funds would have kept MARTA running, kept fares from sky-rocketing, and saved workers from mass lay-offs.
Pat Gardner voted to protect MARTA when others wanted to make it a political football. That's the bottom line: protecting MARTA. Keeping MARTA afloat matters more than politics.
"I'm proud that I voted with MARTA to keep fares down and workers on the job. My priority was to protect the riders and to protect the employees," says Pat.