11/22: T-SPLOST project list

Moderated by Tom Sabulis
Some say metro Atlanta’s transportation roundtable didn’t do the region any favors with the project list it devised for next year’s special purpose local option sales tax:

One national expert says these fixes won’t do enough to reduce commute times.

But two respected community leaders insist the T-SPLOST is a necessity and that voters should approve it for our collective future.

What do you think?

25 comments Add your comment

Russ

November 24th, 2011
8:04 am

REad Mr. Christman’s article in AJC and agree completely that transit is a critical issue for the Atlanta region and the TSPlLOST provides an important part of a solution for the region. Further the split to provide $3.2B for the transit part of the tax revenue is in line with my view of the needs. However I disagree with him strongly once we look into the details of the project list. More than $3B appears to do very little in actual impact on developing a regional transit system. The Clifton corridor is a good project but hardly transformational. The two small Beltline project have no place on this project list. They do nothing for regional transit and do not even complete 20% of the Beltline. The partially funded Gallaria line barely gets into Cobb County and will have minimal impact on regional transit in its current form. Basically we will spend over $3B and get a nice connection to Emory and a couple of bus lines; not exactly what I would expect for that sum of money. Better in my view to go all in and create something with impact. For example a light rail line from Arts Center to Town Center OR a light rail line from Doraville to Grinnett Center OR dedicated busway from NOrth Springs to Cumming. As it stands now, it seems like the TSPOST will do little for the region other than keep some planners busy and help inner city Atlanta with some make work projects.

Jack

November 22nd, 2011
2:45 pm

“…old and don’t have anyplace to go in the first place.” I still have a few places to go. But I won’t go on Marta and I won’t help pay bus fare for the OWS crowd.

Mountain Man

November 22nd, 2011
2:22 pm

We don’t need e-splost and we don’t need T-splost, what Atlanta needs is P-splost. Prison splost. A tax to help fund more prisons to keep criminals in jail for longer than a month.

See article about burglary suspect who left his car running and wallet in the seat. He was out on parole for burglary when he committed thsi one. Heaven knows how many he has committed over his life.

Mike

November 22nd, 2011
1:42 pm

I’d like to add transportation infrastructure is a basic function of government. We pay taxes so we can have schools, roads, trains, police, etc which keeps us from being a third world country. When do infrastructure spending becoming so political and why are people here so stupid?

Mike

November 22nd, 2011
1:40 pm

“There aren’t enough transit riders to vote for this enormous subsidy to transit. It won’t pass. I wish it would, but use common sense.”

Not true… MARTA rail averages 200,000 people per day and is in the top 10 for ridership in the country. Our system but not be big enough, but it is decent. If it were expanded, it would carry even more people, but for some reason people here are so anti-everything they won’t let it expand and the state provides no funding for MARTA. It is the only transit system in the country that gets no dedicated state funding… Georgia is pathetic.