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.

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Ward

May 12th, 2012
12:34 pm

This is a sucker tax that will never go away, just like the GA 400 tollbooths. Politicians see taxes as pork and pork is power. I have no faith that the money won’t be squandered and pocketed by the wrong people. Funny how politicians can find funding for that useless streetcar to the King Center, but can’t find the money for basic transportation needs. It’s a sucker tax, and they’ll be back asking for an additional ‘penny’ in 10 years.

sircharles

May 12th, 2012
11:31 am

Making more money from all of Georgia’s drivers or anyone else is a reason why the toll road is not closed. It is paid for but officials want to continue to raise money on your using it! In other words, you are really being made to do something that you should not. GA-400 toll road is paid for and you should have use of it freely! Rail might be good, but it don’t bring people to Atlanta as it should because it has to be a place where you get on or and off. Plus, officials want you to continue to drive your car where you pay for parking, get booted, pay for tickets etc. I would just not use those things that has been paid for over and over again and not get something back! You all do the math and see if you can’t make some adjustments to keep your money rather keep giving it away!

Is this the way to go

May 12th, 2012
10:40 am

“LARP-Allocated Local Project Funding ($1.1 billion, 15 percent) – Fifteen percent is
allocated for projects to be determined by local jurisdictions. Although the projects
themselves need not be determined before the vote, the TIA does specify that the Local
Assistance Road Program (LARP) formula is to be used to allocate these funds. The LARP
formula is based primarily on the amount of roadway mileage within the jurisdiction,
resulting in an allocation that strongly favors the outermost counties at the expense of the
core jurisdictions, despite the fact that the bulk of the tax would be raised in the core
counties. While we will not know the exact breakdown of these funds by mode prior to the
vote, our expectation is that the bulk will be devoted to road projects.”

A billion dollars for “we don’t know yet”.

Road Scholar

May 12th, 2012
8:23 am

“They need to look for ways to reduce construction costs.”

Do you not think, or know, that GDOT does that all the time? Any project , esp over $10M, is analyzed for cost effectiveness. They hire independent engineers to do Value Engineering studies.

If the tax does not pass, it is in the law to not have another transportation vote for 2 years. We have already lost too much time waiting for the lame legislature to do anything regarding transportation.

“…, then they need to create regional elected boards to do that for us with 100% accountability and responsibility… and the ability to manage 100% of the tax money raised in the region.”

Do you realize the list was put together by elected officials? The committee was made up of selected mayors, county commissioners, and state reps. GDOT and ARC (OUR REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PLANNING GROUP MANDATED BY LAW) evaluated numerous projects based on cost, benefit, Air quality, congestion relief, and from that and answering the committee’s questions, the list of projects were pared to meet the possible revenue estimates. That is what is what is presented. The list addresses most high congestion locations, is balanced for roads and transit, and will reduce congestion based on today’s traffic.If we do not pass it who is willing to stay home and thus reduce congestion? Who is willing to increase the cost of moving freight…you know food, clothes, goods,…and thus the prices you pay for services?

FMX: I believe 55 % of the tax goes to transit.

ByteMe

May 12th, 2012
7:15 am

I want the legislature to take responsibility for the infrastructure of this state. If they’re unable or unwilling, then they need to create regional elected boards to do that for us with 100% accountability and responsibility… and the ability to manage 100% of the tax money raised in the region.

My vote remains “No”. A half a loaf with a threat of no loaf is more expensive than no loaf and just as unsatisfying.

Can't afford it

May 12th, 2012
5:53 am

I am voting no on the transportation tax. It does not make sense to me. DOT projects are way too expensive. They need to look for ways to reduce construction costs.

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middleground

May 11th, 2012
10:51 pm

The more roads you build the more traffic you create. Incentivize changes in behavior instead of taxing us! Tax credits for living close to work, tax credits for riding the bus, tax credits for flex schedules, tax credits for telecommuniting, etc.
If we started this TSPLOST project list tommorrow, it will still be a long long time before the projects are finished. Think McGinnis Ferry, over 10 years of messed up road while construction continued.

Thomas

May 11th, 2012
9:21 pm

Dump the stupid touristy streetcars and I might look at it seriously. Those empty pay per mile “Lexus Lanes” are flops, it is time to rethink what really works for our local needs.

FMX

May 11th, 2012
8:03 pm

We need more rail instead of more roads. We need to expand MARTA!!!