5/13: Transportation referendum

By the AJC Editorial Board

There’s a still-foggy notion wafting around that a “Plan B” will somehow arise from somewhere if voters send the penny transportation sales tax down to defeat on July 31. That belief, in our view, is too freighted with risk to our economy and quality of life to warrant serious consideration as public debate continues over how best to begin detangling this region’s traffic mess.

Read the rest  of what the AJC Editorial Board has to say and commentaries by the director of the Georgia Chapter, Sierra Club and the campaign manager for Citizens for Transportation Mobility.

Then tell us what you think.

27 comments Add your comment

middleground

May 14th, 2012
3:02 pm

Ask yourself if you would trust the good old boys with billions of dollars? Do you really trust the folks that gave you toll roads to make good decisions on improving traffic? The folks who want economic development to make themselves rich off of real estate deals are hoping you are still trusting them to vote yes. They want you so desperate for relief that you will vote yes and then they can say “you don’t like what we have done, you voted for it”

ScottNATL

May 14th, 2012
1:27 pm

@steve

Ok, then they are stupid…I tried to give them the benefit of the doubt. They are undermining the best chance of getting ANY transit financing. Sometimes you have to compromise. Trust me, I would love for there to be 100% transit funding for this tax. I would LOVE to make people outside of Fulton and Dekalb pay us for the use of all the infrastructure that we have spent the last 40 years shouldering ourselves, but the simple truth is with the crooks we all so willingly re-elect at the state house…these things are not going to happen. This is NOT Seattle and facts never seem to matter to anyone these days. If you think that if this goes down that the state legislature is going to magically come up with a solution when they’ve basically punted for the last five years only to absolve themselves by making the voters (who are mostly ill informed) pass their own funding is fantasy. Unfortunately we cant rely on facts and the Sierra Club should know better. 11.43% of commuters use transit and pushing even 5% of that back onto roads would be catastrophic to traffic here…and if this fails and the 50/50 MARTA penalty persists, MARTA will once again face draconian cutbacks at a time when they should be massively increasing service. MARTA is one of the most efficiently run systems in the county…and the Sierra Club wants to kill it just to make a point. Unfortunately, that point is they are utterly detached from the reality that is Georgia

steviefig

May 14th, 2012
10:04 am

ScottNAtlanta, you are wrong. Staff in the GA Sierra Club office are either metro ATL natives or have lived in Georgia/Atlanta for more than a decade. Try again.

A Conservative Voice

May 14th, 2012
9:22 am

Folks, taxes never go away…….this so called 1%, 10 Year Tax is really a forever tax. Don’t be fooled by what all our sometimes less than honest politicians are telling us publicly. They only want this money to perpetuate their positions, somehow. Guaranteed, the majority of the tax collected would be used for administrative (Jobs Programs) expenses and would not go toward the actual infrastructure. Politicians LOOK OUT FOR THEMSELVES and “That’s a fact, Jack”. Don’t vote no……VOTE H*LL NO!!!!!!!!!

ga values

May 14th, 2012
7:12 am

Vote NO for waste & corruption. Look at the Corruption at the Airport & the Waste at Marta and you will know what a ripoff this new tax will be.

ScottNAtlanta

May 13th, 2012
10:50 pm

I’m willing to bet that the Sierra Club representative the penned that editorial hasn’t lived in the area too long (if she has…she has been sheltered from reality). I have seen transit systems all over the country (and world)…but of all of them Atlanta is different…very different. Atlanta is the only city I have seen that associates mass transit with poverty. Thats why no one outside of the perimeter wants anything to do with MARTA. They see it as welfare (not unlike the ‘welfare queen’ label from the 90s) and want nothing to do with it. There is no regional pride in the system, and you have a state that is antagonistic at best. The sierra club needs to shut up and sit down on this one or they face being labeled as the lunatics

Corey

May 13th, 2012
6:09 pm

Thomas

May 11th, 2012
9:21 pm

Dude, your comment is a prime example of how illinformed the general populus is in this region. THE ATLANTA STREETCAR PROJECT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH TSPLOST. THE STREETCR PROJECTS IS ALREADY UNDER CONSTRUCTION. THE BELTLINE IS ALSO ALREADY UNDER CONSTRUCTION. SOME OF THE PARKS HAVE ALREADY OPENED. The city of Atlanta has never waited for the state to get anything started. The fifth runway- can you imagine if the city of Atlanta waited for the state? The new international terminal-can you imagine the city of Atlanta waiting for the state to take the lead?