5/8: Georgia transportation projects

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

It’s a busy time for transportation projects in Georgia, leading up to a historic July 31 vote on a 1-cent sales tax in regions around the state. The latest venture trying to get off the ground, after decades of talk, is a passenger terminal for downtown Atlanta that would link various mobility options.

I talked with Georgia officials about those plans. Below that, a local transportation blogger writes that the T-SPLOST vote is doomed and how the project list can be improved next time.

Tell us what you think.

16 comments Add your comment

Out by the Pond

May 8th, 2012
10:29 pm

If we add 3 million more people to the the metro area our problem will not be traffic it will be water. If we can not get intelligent planning, let the area choke on it’s traffic and stop this unplanned growth

Jillian

May 8th, 2012
10:24 pm

Probably because it’s good.

tsabulis

May 8th, 2012
4:02 pm

Julian, you make some good points, but new rail lines from Lindbergh station to CDC/Emory University, a major jobs center, and out to the galleria is hardly rail to “the middle of nowhere.”

Just In

May 8th, 2012
3:42 pm

Vote No! My main concern in all of this is the common sense level of decision making. Do the hot lanes really work? Only according to the propaganda. This latest genius of turning the emergency lanes into usable lanes will only result in more emergencies. The times don’t matter. Try getting traffic to move in a fluid manner to the left or the right to allow emergency vehicles through when a lot of drivers will not even slow down or yield to them in any circumstance. What happens to the motorist who becomes a sitting duck between the alotted hours because they had an emergency?

If they could come up with a comprehensive mass transit proposal that will eventually link the neighborhoods to major exchange areas; link cities to towns and unincorporated areas with a VISION for progress throughout the state I would be more than happy to contribute. I would be happy if they could figure out a way to do complete repairs on the roads we have without a 6-month period of constant phone calls and a new set of tires.

And God forbid any politician is this state insists on a contract where deadlines for completion be at least close to the projected date and that the contractors be responsile for any excess when their bid explodes and becomes 3 to 5 times the orginal cost of the job. Who can’t deliver a fantastic bid if you’re multiplying that number by at least 3-10 in your head. Common Sense aka stop acting like we’re stupid.

Until DOT figures out the meaning of “cost effective”, “common sense” , and they learn to respect the needs of the people who pay the taxes, they should not expect any further tax support.

buzzn

May 8th, 2012
10:38 am

Just curious, Mr. Henson has blogged exactly once in the past year on his North x Northwest blog. Once. Why did he get an AJC article?

Julian

May 8th, 2012
9:59 am

This is a very complex problem, in my opinion, two very distinct issues are at hand.
1) Raising taxes to fund the project
2) Do we think the current plan actually will make traffic better?

Atlanta and the metro area’s zoning/planning groups must be the absolute worst for the past 20 years. The supposed fixes with the proposed transportation projects will not make much of a difference in traffic. The plans are outdated before they even get started. Some zoning/planning groups keep building stadiums, venues, shopping away from transit areas. How smart is that?

I don’t want to get political, but for all of you that holler smaller government, yet are ok with MARTA being controlled by the state vs. the local area that is serves, go figure.

If the projected population is to grow by 3 million people over the next 8 to 12yrs, do you really think adding a lane or 75/85 or 20 or 285 is going to help the commute times, let’s be serious, of course not.
Does Atlanta want to turn in to a city that is going forward or backwards? Other cities are trying to make a mark and be known for some type of major industry. Case in point, Research Triangle, NC, not a large city, but a job haven, Washington DC, home of the government contracts, New York City, home to financial markets. I am speaking of industry, not just a city with a couple of fortune 500 companies headquarters.

Bite the bullet, smartly build transit that has benefit, value, and meaning. Not just some rail line that puts you in the middle of nowhere, but a rail line that major businesses/jobs can locate themselves near, and we can use get to shopping or music venues.