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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Road Scholar

August 1st, 2012
10:52 am

Vast: Just how long do you want to wait for your driver’s license renewal?

Maddog: ” No poking in left lanes… always move to rightmost available lane. ”

You covered this in No 1. The state law is that slower traffic shall stay to the right!


August 1st, 2012
10:51 am

great news!!! it just goes to show how we distrust our govt officials at all levels….if you want to fix traffic build more tolls, let the folks who use it , pay for it!!!

Rex B

August 1st, 2012
10:47 am

I am glad the people decided against giving the government more money. There is hope after all.


August 1st, 2012
10:45 am

People were not convinced the 159 projects would improve traffic and improve the infamous bottlenecks in greater Metro-Atlanta. That is what the public really wanted (not an airport control tower, or touristy trolley cars). Plus a few badly needed rail lines.

The way this went down, it turned into a development project wish list selected by mayors and commissioners, when it should have been designed by traffic engineers (many, many independent professional traffic and rail transit experts given that billions of dollars were at stake).

not insane

August 1st, 2012
10:42 am

So when did I become part of the tea party? You have to be kidding me, this fringe element is taking credit for my common sense and logical thinking. My decision on the tspolst had nothing to do with the tea party or any other party. My money…my decisison and shame on any political party which tries to garner support through misinformation and claiming false victories. Different political party…same crap…see what “we” did.but what did you really do and what if anything do you plan to do. Complaining takes very little effort..but solutions take hard work…who is willing to do the hard work?

Class of '98

August 1st, 2012
10:41 am

It is worth repeating… the still-working tolls on Ga 400 is proof that government will look the public dead in the eye and lie about their intentions.

Road Scholar

August 1st, 2012
10:40 am

Messenger:”First, the fundamental issue behind the T-SPLOST failure is trust. ”

So why was every incumbent voted into office or into a runoff?


August 1st, 2012
10:37 am

Liar,Liar, pants on fire. Did you think I would forget Ga. 400.Good luck on that everytime I threw 50cents in the baskett. I am sure our polticians will find a way to sneak taxes on something to pay for their pet projects.


August 1st, 2012
10:33 am

What next? Remove the GA 400 Toll, reduce spending, cut taxes! Cut the fat in the government. Every other business cut the fat over the past few years, it is time for the government to do the same. Let’s all move forward and learn how to controll spending. Maybe keep the budget the same, but no bonuses unless your department comes under budget. The amount you are under can be divided as a bonus. Then, cut the budget again with the same rules. See how well people can run the government if there is money in the game for them.

Again, what is next. TAX CUTS! FEDERAL, STATE and LOCAL. Stop spending and let the people save.


August 1st, 2012
10:21 am

I can’t believe that the Tea Party is taking credit for this — and the AJC would not even challenge the assumption. People don’t want to pay a tax — it isn’t surprising.