2/12: State as transit co-conductor

By the AJC Editorial Board

You’d think the opponents of overreaching, department-of-central-planning-type government who control the Georgia General Assembly would be overjoyed at the chance to cede control of mass transit in the Atlanta region. Especially given the state pays precious little of the cost anyway.

Think again. The final report of the latest task force studying transit governance reaches the same old, tired, Big Brotherish conclusion that the elected leaders and planning professionals of the nation’s ninth-largest metropolis really can’t be trusted to oversee a public transportation system that’s heavily funded by locally raised tax dollars. Nope, the state warrants final say in these matters.

If that conclusion sounds strange, and unacceptable in its current form, it should. For it’s no way to run a railroad or bus line.

There’s a better way, one that will minimize the heavy hand of government intrusiveness while maximizing the chances that this metro’s taxpayers will get the most efficient transportation services possible for each dollar spent.

Read the rest of what the AJC Editorial Board has to say, and another view by State Sen. Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga,  chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee.

Then tell us what you think.

7 comments Add your comment

Try Setzler's fix

February 12th, 2012
6:04 pm

Rep Ed Setzler’s bill to redo the plan, fix the Constitutional issues, and recast the project list will be better than seeing TSPLOST/TIA voted down.

A simple TSPLOST/TIA defeat means a two year redo under the current mixed up rules. Ed’s plan gives us a chance to reset the whole process, including this unnecessary regional government idea.

Angus

February 12th, 2012
9:32 am

Ceding this control to the region would potentially make the region more powerful than the state. Our self-serving, money-grubbing state “leaders” will fight this to the bitter end. The two biggest pots of money are education and transportation – they are currently working on both fronts to reduce local control.

Kudos to Andre Jackson and the AJC for getting this one right.

RayQuan

February 12th, 2012
3:47 am

“…the elected leaders and planning professionals of the nation’s ninth-largest metropolis really can’t be trusted to oversee a public transportation system…”

When the City of Atlanta’s transportaion solutions include a $94 million trolley to haul a handful of tourists to the King Memorial it’s not hard to understand why they feel that way.

Andy Callaway

February 12th, 2012
2:23 am

zeke, that’s where your wrong. now surrounding counties also can have a say in how it’s spent

zeke

February 12th, 2012
12:20 am

What is needed is a NO vote on this boondoggle! Atlanta, Fulton and Dekalb have shown over the last 40 or so years that they cannot be trusted to use taxpayer money honestly or efficiently!

ScottNATL

February 11th, 2012
2:29 pm

How stupid does Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga think we are? Hows about a board that is representative of the people who pay for it proportional to population. Why on earth should Fayette Co with 106,000 people have the same voice as the core counties that have over 3 million. This will not be tolerated by the Atlanta region

ScottNATL

February 11th, 2012
2:19 pm

This is one of the most outrageous acts the legislature has thrown at the Atlanta region, who I might add have been paying for transit for some 40 years. To have most of the board appointed by the governor is about as stupid as it gets…we see how well thats gone at the DOT. What were these legislators thinking…about who would cough up the cash, thats what