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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Maddog

August 1st, 2012
9:36 am

1.Enforce the existing traffic laws. Send the speeding and aggressive drivers to jail … before they have the accidents that tie-up traffic!

2.Adopt traffic patterns similar to those in Germany: No passing on right hand side. No poking in left lanes… always move to rightmost available lane. Trucks in restricted lanes and restricted speed. (A bit of orderliness would go a long way in promoting smooth and safer traffic flow.)

3.Make the drivers testing more restrictive. It would be nice to have our drivers really understant the highway rules for safe and orderly driving.

Sheri

August 1st, 2012
9:35 am

I believe they should get rid of the Peach pass lane on 85! I rarely see a car on it. What a huge waste of money. If you opened that lane it would really help traffic problems on 85. The government doesn’t need more money. They need to use it wisely and not waste it on projects that do not work!

ATLien

August 1st, 2012
9:33 am

I would recommend coming up with a proposal for two or three projects and fully funding those projects. One of those projects needs to include a real rail system in this city, instead of the pathetic excuse for mass transit that we have today.

One of the biggest problems with the TSPLOST proposal was that they had too many initiatives. None of the initiatives were fully funded by the proposed tax, so at the end of the day we would have a 10 year tax and no completed projects.

Also, there is no accountability over the DOT. Once you give them money and they implement a project, there is nothing the citizens of this state can do to reverse their decisions. Case in point, the HOT lanes installed on I-85. The HOT lanes are one of the worst ideas I’ve ever seen, we are paying tolls for roads that were already bought and paid for. The lanes cause MORE traffic, and the A-Holes at DOT are calling it a huge success. Good job guys!

Dave Cunningham

August 1st, 2012
9:32 am

The People of Georgia have spoken, y’all! We LIKE traffic jams! And we’re collectively dumber than a pile of rocks. Mighty proud of that too. See ya on 285 at rush hour, Go DAWGS!

Manny

August 1st, 2012
9:30 am

I live in Cobb and without Rail, the plan will not be fixed. I helped vote it down because the projects wouldn’t really help congestion and that your really need rapid transit in order to alleviate congestion.

See, I would have liked to see rapid transit come to Gwinnett and Cobb, as well as Clayton. Then, I would like to see a regional rapid transit plan and solutions to implement it. That’s what large, sprawling cities have helped alleviate congestion in other metro areas much bigger than ours.

Russell

August 1st, 2012
9:28 am

Now I do not pretend to know how to solve the problem. What I do know is that I have lived in Atlanta since 1964 and I can remember when the downtown connector was three lanes (both sides) when there was no I-285, when I-20 went no farther then Columbia Dr. and when 400 was two lanes. You are asking yourself by now what does this all mean. Well the next statement is not meant to offend anyone however it is the plain hard fact…..There has been essentially uncontrolled growth since the mid ’70s in Cobb, Gwinett, Cherokee, Forsyth etc..People have made the conscious decision to live in these outlying areas and drive into donwtown Atlanta or from Cobb to Gwinett and so on. If you do not like the long commute then move closer to you place of employment. Actions have consequences and the consequence of your decison is your long (time and distance) commute.

EJ

August 1st, 2012
9:17 am

This was Plan B.

Let’s go back to Plan A.

GDOT do their job, the state does their job, and the counties and cities do their jobs.

Cut through the regulations that do not even allow simple extensions of turn lanes.

Demand Fiscal Responsibility in all of the projects going forward.

In other words, expect the people that are being paid already for Plan A to do their jobs. And if they cannot, fire them.

Because if they are not part of the solution by now, THEY ARE THE PROBLEM.

ATL NE

August 1st, 2012
9:15 am

Fix the problem. Marta to Gwinnett and Outer Belt connecting 85 to 75. I’ll vote for that one.

Citizen Dan

August 1st, 2012
9:15 am

Here’s an idea – how about budgeting for the needed improvements with the money we already give to the state? How long ago was GA 400 paid for? How long have they been collecting tolls on it? Seems to me like if the state really wanted to, they could find a way to budget for it. And the next time they propose a new tax, they shouldn’t lie to Georgians about what it’s going to be for. They campaigned for TSPLOST saying “untie the traffic knot in Atlanta,” as if to say that somehow the projects that were planned were going to alleviate traffic, which we all know they wouldn’t do. I understand the need to invest in infrastructure – just don’t lie to me about what the purpose of the money is.

Vast Right Wing Conspiracy

August 1st, 2012
9:10 am

Plan B – across the board 50% cut in all levels of government staffing – use the savings on road projects only.