T-SPLOST fails – What next?

Who has a Plan B?

The proposed transportation sales tax met an ugly end Tuesday as voters in ten counties overwhelmingly rejected the plan to raise billions for a controversial set list of traffic and transit improvements. So what should we try next? Raise the gas tax? Toll more roads? Let us know your feelings about the vote and, especially, what ideas Gov. Deal and other leaders should consider for unsnarling gridlock and making our lives a little easier. We’ll include a sample of comments in Thursday’s newspaper along with a special transportation package addressing the aftermath of the T-SPLOST.

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Aaron

August 2nd, 2012
12:38 am

Wow. Other people think like I do!

I will pay the tax. I will vote for the tax. But this needs to go towards congestion. This needs to go towards rail expansion not pet projects. We need to become more like DC, NYC, Portland and other major metros with real mass transit.

ELW

August 1st, 2012
11:28 pm

Strategically aligned Rail Systems is the answer for transporting citizens thru-out a large metro area like the Atlanta Metro geography. Atlanta Metro is much smaller than New York metro inclusive of the suburbs and Westchester County; and corridors like San Francisco/Oakland, San Jose..The issue is the continued sense of associating crime with Rail which translates to keeping people of coloe out of our neighborhoods…Until those attitudes change the real benefits of transit as the gentleman expressed earlier. Having lived in the New York Metro area and the DC/MD Metro area; rail works..PLEASE folks, for the sake of moving this city forward , get rid of your fears of people of color..We are Americans, as well..and good rail transportation is good for all.

ARFF

August 1st, 2012
6:22 pm

I voted against TSPLOST because there was way too much money devoted to roads and not enough to mass transit. I just don’t believe that the 1950’s attitudes of so many in our state continue to have will grow our state in this 21st century. It’s crazy to think that a thriving metropolitan city can grow and prosper without mass transit. With gas prices continuing go up you would think this area would welcome and expansion of MARTA.

Elvisisdead

August 1st, 2012
5:24 pm

The person called “Elvis” is a complete dummy. The Northlake and Cumberland areas have been ruined by high density housing that resulted from the expanded public transportation of the 70’s.

Elvisisdead

August 1st, 2012
5:23 pm

The person called “Elvis” is a completet dummy. The Northlake and Cumberland areas have been ruined by high density housing that resulted from the expanded public transportation.

Elvis

August 1st, 2012
4:41 pm

In the 70’s, folks in Cobb and DeKalb didn’t want MARTA. The fear was an influx of “undesirables”. The belief was Lenox and the Buckhead area would fall into decay.

No MARTA station at Northlake! No MARTA station at Cumberland.

Compare Lenox to Northlake and Cumberland today. Compare DeKalb of the 70’s to that of today. And lets declare such fear-based theories debunked.

EXPAND MARTA RAIL. Send it everywhere. It’ll never be self sustaining, public transport rarely is. But public transit is what Atlanta needs. It may not line the pockets of developers and contractors, which is what T-SPLOST was (a stimulus plan), but it’s what Atlanta needs to further the stated end goal of the T-SPLOST advocates.

While you are at it, tunnel under downtown.

GAME CHANGERS, not a patchwork of pork projects. The voters have called the politicians and developers out, so now let’s get serious.

Elvis

August 1st, 2012
4:35 pm

Expand MARTA. Significantly. Go all in. Come on Atlanta, T-SPLOST was essentially a stimulus plan in disguise.

ALLAN

August 1st, 2012
3:06 pm

The GDOT without much effort and expense could sort out the problems of Atlanta traffic by synchronising traffic lights, as well as not letting them stay green for 3-4 minutes at a time. Often You sit at a light with no cross traffic for 2 minutes. This is totally unacceptable. Basically every major city in the world has traffic jams at peak hour so this is unavoidable. The GDOT should pay a visit to overseas countries to see how to manage traffic, as they are seriously lacking.

Ethics Reform First

August 1st, 2012
2:37 pm

When I learned that the contractors were paying for all of the “Untie Atlanta” ads it all came together…T-SPLOST is to line the pockets of a few at the expense of the taxpayer. Enough is enough!

First things first. We are *BADLY* in need of ethics reform in Georgia. I trust our representatives…to take my hard-earned money and hand it to their cronies, family, and political benefactors.

I’m sure all of these projects would go to the “lowest bidder”, and then those lowest bidders would claim that they are out of money halfway through the project and require another mega cash injection.

HOT lanes on 85 that no one wanted, the 400 toll broken promise…T-SPLOST would just be another item in the “why I don’t trust our politicians to look out for the people they are supposed to work for” list.

Not to mention this plan didn’t really “solve” anything! We need a streetcar on Peachtree Road? REALLY??? Nothing but pork and pet projects….