People are obstacles to progress

Too often race underlies the inherently political choice of where to build a highway. Race also plays a part in transit service. Only 6.3 percent of whites in the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) service area are car-less compared to 26.5 percent of African-Americans. Some white residents quip that the MARTA really means “Moving African Americans Rapidly Through Atlanta.” At the Martin Luther King museum we witnessed Atlanta’s long and rich civil rights history. “Urban transit systems in most American cities,” Martin Luther King once said, “have become a genuine civil rights issue.”

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