Power Breakfast: Metro transportation list due, more jobs, volatile stocks, Delta, Apple, Google

Forget the stock market for a second. We have a transportation problem to take care of.

A group of local elected officials from throughout the Atlanta region is on a mission Thursday to do something historic — agree with one another on how to remedy congestion, AJC writer Ariel Hart reports.

Five mayors and county commissioners are scheduled Thursday to approve a draft list of transportation projects for the 10 Atlanta region counties, totaling $6.14 billion, to be considered in a referendum, Hart writes. Given their history so far, there’s no guarantee that they will.

If they can’t, they’ve blown their self-imposed deadline, and have only till midnight Monday to make it happen, as outlined by state law, Hart reports.

“This is a very difficult process, probably one of the most difficult things I’ve had to do in my political career,” said Tom Worthan, chairman of the Douglas County Commission, and a member of the group. However, he said, he was hopeful the list would pass as scheduled, though negotiations were still hundreds of millions of dollars apart, Hart writes.

In the referendum next year, metro Atlanta voters will decide whether to fund the project list being drawn up now with a 1 percent sales tax, to run 10 years.

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8 comments Add your comment

MARTA Rida

August 11th, 2011
8:15 am

More Transit!

RapidEvictor

August 11th, 2011
8:17 am

Dekalb is demanding that the transpo deal include a rail line from the Indian Creek station to Wesley Chapel for some reason. It will not mean more Marta riders. Check out the number of riders making their way to the Indian Creek station, it’s sparse, and it isn’t because no one can get to Wesley Chapel from there. As a Dekalb resident who lives in between the two points, I think this is an absurd waste of money. Drive down Wesley Chapel, there’s nothing there that demands a direct line. They already have buses that bus people over to the station.

SugarfreeSailor

August 11th, 2011
8:17 am

Ditto what MARTA said!

Typical Democrat

August 11th, 2011
9:36 am

Obama is doing a wonderful job.

The unemployment rate and the stock market collapse is all the fault of Republicans.

Rat infested MARTA

August 11th, 2011
12:16 pm

“This is a very difficult process…” He makes it sound, like the money is coming out of his pocket. Poor politicians – they have such hard decisions to make, like balancing the books, etc. BTW – almost every year there is a new “committee” elected, for the transportation issues, and hundreds of thousands of taxpayers $$ are being spent, and wasted, because never has been anything achieved…Government in action..

Tatalaquisha

August 11th, 2011
1:51 pm

Redirect that $47 MILLION the U.S. Dept. of Transportation agreed to send to Atlanta for a trolley to nowhere and use it for an actual transportation project.

bus line

August 11th, 2011
5:08 pm

They need more bus line down in clayton county. I’m tired of waiting an hour for a bus to get to work. Sometime it don’t show up. Quit wasting money on other stuff and get more buses down here.

S

August 12th, 2011
3:05 am

Forget about more roads. The Atlanta area has so many roads now the DOT doesn’t have time to fix them all now. Run rail from the North, South, East and West..that is the only way to go and make sure you have enough land for parking so people can drive and Park and catch a train to all points. Nothing else is going to work in the Atlanta area..and that is the truth..might as well bite the bullet NOW!