Sonny Perdue will weigh in on extension of Ga. 400 toll

Something’s cooking on the brouhaha over whether or not to extend tolls for Ga. 400 beyond next year’s expiration date.

Gov. Sonny Perdue has scheduled a 10:30 a.m. Friday presser. Which means some news is about to be made.

My personal guess had been that Perdue would back Nathan Deal, the Republican nominee to replace him, who has made ending the toll on Ga. 400 a part of his campaign platform.

But I’ve also been told that Gena Evans, executive director of the State Road and Tollway Authority, has been meeting with state lawmakers — and asking them not to attack the governor should he back an extension of the Ga. 400 toll.

It’s not like we’ve got a lot of transportation dollars out there.

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52 comments Add your comment

rod bodiford

September 23rd, 2010
5:50 pm

I thought that I saw Gena Evans flying on her broom over the State Capitol yesterday. I will vote for Barnes because he will fire her sorry butt, and also the whole bum crowd of Perdue staffers that Perdue has been placing in $100K do-nothing jobs throughout state government. Vote for Barnes and end the disaster that the Republicans have put us in.

Bob

September 23rd, 2010
5:52 pm

This takes the cake! Not only are they considering reneging on the promise to not extend the toll on the 400, they are thinking of doubling the toll fee. GET this, the excuse to doubling the fee is that it would encourage users to buy cruise cards, hence reducing the number of cashiers at the toll booths. If you stop charging tolls you can get rid of all the cashiers! And, the pollution and damage caused by all those gunning engines at the booths.

No Dog in this Hunt

September 23rd, 2010
6:11 pm

If the Republicans want to loss metro Atlanta, just extend the tolls. Its simple. How would they feel if we put a toll on 75 or 85. Metro has paid its share of the gasoline taxes, and they build the roads in Perry. Well, Perry can’t get you elected.

khc

September 23rd, 2010
6:22 pm

weigh in that’s funny

hl

September 23rd, 2010
6:38 pm

Perdue was first elected because of the uproar over the flag. We got to vote on a new flag but not the old one. Talk about bait and switch. Now he wants to extend the toll tax. Why am I not surprised. Maybe he should go overseas and try to attract more companies to GA. Isn’t that where he was last September during the flooding?

Retired Soldier

September 23rd, 2010
7:20 pm

hi-

Barnes lost for many more important reasons than the flag. That’s why Dems will be a minority party for a long time. They refuse to learn the lessons from their defeat.

hl

September 23rd, 2010
7:59 pm

Retired Soldier, Did you get to vote on the old flag? I missed that part.

whiterabbit

September 23rd, 2010
8:07 pm

They should have a $5 toll on the 400, 75 and 85 and spend the revenue on building trains and a proper infrastructure like “real” cities otherwise we are all going to be posioned by fumes.

We have the largest airport in the world but no decent train link even to our city center let alone to Macon or Augusta what a joke.

Roy Barnes

September 23rd, 2010
8:09 pm

When I was Governor, I limited state agency head salaries to $100k; go to the state auditors site and see the salaries for your self and see the raises to those agency heads over the past 2 years while no one else was getting raises.

Michael D

September 23rd, 2010
8:26 pm

Back the extension on the Georgia Toll? We were told 20 years ago that the toll booths would come down after the bonds were paid. Please keep your word and take the tolls down. I am sure there are a lot of good projects and uses for the money but thats not what was put forth 20 years ago. If you want to raise money for those things then lets pay for them with money that the voters have chosen to spend and not by people and politicians who change the rules at the end of the game. This is a prime example of why the general public holds politicians in such low regard. I am not against projects to improve the 400 just the assertion that its ok to ignore promises made. If we cannot trust those in power to do what they said they would do then what faith should we have in the words that say now? Take down the tolls and keep your word its that simple. Any other verdict would be unjust and a lie.

Rafe Hollister

September 23rd, 2010
8:45 pm

Tolls are taxes, they never go away once inacted, so what’s new. I think my telephone bill still contains a tax levied to support the Spanish American War.

But this is obviously unfair. I have never once paid the toll on GA 400, don’t live near there, so I have no ax to grind. Here is the unfairness, why should the people who live there and have to use 400 be stuck paying for road improvement projects elsewhere in Atlanta. It makes no sense, the people in other regions of the metro get away untaxed. This has to be unconstitutional, under the equal protection clause of the US Constitution.

Road Scholar

September 23rd, 2010
8:56 pm

Do you want improvements in the SR 400 corridor? If yes, do you want to accelerate them by using the toll revenue?

It’s that simple.

I guess you never changed your mind based on new data, and obvious need?

findog

September 23rd, 2010
9:03 pm

no rafe, but it includes a charge for touch tone service

Fed up

September 23rd, 2010
9:22 pm

Sonny is a crook and a liar. All Republicans in Georgia can forget my vote, including Deal. They might not miss my one vote but at least I kept my priciples. This is sickening.

Ralph

September 23rd, 2010
9:26 pm

Lets make all the (former) freeways in Georgia toll roads with booths every 5 miles and charge a simple/single dollar a mile. Workers could then be encouraged to stay home and hug trees, (except they might die without the CO2 from cars).

No Dog in this Hunt

September 23rd, 2010
9:26 pm

Read Gina Evans’ statements. The money from the toll is already being diverted to other studies and projects on 75 and 85 because the roads are ‘inter connected.’ So, the plan is to tax the people that use 400 inside the perimeter to pay for the creation of other toll lanes (HOT lanes) on 75 and 85. The real point is to keep SRTA in business. Without these HOT lanes and the 400 tolls, SRTA would cease to exist, and Gina would be out of a job.

With her logic, she could also extend spending 400 toll money to upgrades on 75 and 85 anywhere in the state. Think metro Atlanta paying for upgrades to roads in Gainsville and Perry. If they extend the tolls, vote them out and get someone that will do the right thing.

?????

September 23rd, 2010
9:29 pm

Let’s not take Gena’s cash cow away. Sure, we already paid for the road. We probably have already paid enough in to build the 400/285 interchange. But what is more important is keeping the revenue stream for that idiot called Gena to spend dreaming up all her other flawed ideas. Why don’t we add $5.00 to EVERY Georgian’s State Income Tax and that way we spread the revenue stream. Or better yet take some of the extra money we already accrued and move toll to the Ronald Reagan Parkway in Gwinnett and let them pay some tolls for a while. Why do the people who use only this 6.2 mile stretch have to pay for all the projects the other 40 miles North??? Why is 400 improvements done with Toll money but all other Highways with Public money????

Cum Bah Yah

September 23rd, 2010
9:39 pm

Georgia has 3 current toll roads in the state. SR 400, the bridge going to Jekyl Island and now the Gwinnett County toll lane (for a lane already previously paid for with our tax dollars).
With that said, why does Gena Abraham make $135,000 a year as “Director” of the Toll Road Authority? 3 toll roads? Come on. This doesn’t pass the stink test.

Cutty

September 23rd, 2010
9:41 pm

You republicans have been had, hoodwinked, bamboozled, run amok. If you think Sonny and his crew were bad, wait til you get a dose of Deal and his boys!!

Roy may not be the most humble person in the world, but when he was guv’nah, people had jobs, the interstates didn’t have 10 foot weeds growing in the median, there was progress. Yeah he’s a lawyer (same as Deal), but you can’t knock him for making his own money instead of no-bid state contracts. How can you be for small government and receive a significant portion of your income from state government. If you’re a true conservative, you’d vote for Mounds, otherwise you’re just blinded by party loyalty, no matter how much you get screwed.

Cutty

September 23rd, 2010
9:42 pm

Cum Bah Yah, not toll roads…. toll BOOTHS!

Come on....

September 23rd, 2010
9:42 pm

GENA AND SONNY SITTIN IN A TREE
trying to figure out how to make people pay for something that should now be FREE !!!!

Michael D

September 23rd, 2010
9:56 pm

The fact is that Ga 400 corrider should be maintained and improved but done in an honest way. There is no excuse for keeping these toll booths up. Present a plan and what you want to do and lets have a vote or pass a new tax to pay for things, not break a promise made 20 years ago. Its really amazing there even is a debate. They should have come down with little fanfair and politicians telling everyone that we made a promise and we delivered. If Republicans want to maintain any kind of claim to being the party of smaller government then there is no way they can let these toll booths stay up or say there is any difference in the parties.

khc

September 23rd, 2010
10:11 pm

things are really going to get crowded on 400 if they don’t do something about transportation. all you repubs enjoy the traffic jams courtesy of the do nothing party (other than leadership enriching themselves)

TruthBe

September 23rd, 2010
10:16 pm

People stop being so dumb. They NEVER remove toll roads anymore. They are just like tax increases, or new taxes for this or that. They always stay on the books. People wake the F@#K up. The government (state, county, or federal) ALWAYS LIE to us all the time about taxes and other money issues. Gwinett just say NO to your toll road.

TruthBe

September 23rd, 2010
10:17 pm

khc go F@#k yourselve you stupid liberal democrat loser.

Danny Mac

September 23rd, 2010
10:41 pm

So….Gena Evans is still around messing with Transportation after the DOT Board dismissed her bitchy butt??? Well, BM (a little Gena sex talk!)!!!

Yeah, looks like Sonny has a few more screwings to put on us Georgians before he leaves. I hope everyone understands….Nathan Deal will continue to carry the Sonny torch. What a legacy…school cuts, no transportation improvement, water issues plenty….

Nathan, along with the Rebublicans in the General Assembly will keep right on decimating this state.

Time for change. Votes Monds if you must and throw away your vote – at best, send the race to a runoff and probably giving the Governor’s Office to Deal OR votes Barnes and at least make sure the House gets swept clean. You can also replace him in four years if things do not improve.

khc

September 23rd, 2010
10:59 pm

truth be…..talk pretty tuff u pooosy, do something about

Jim Shorts

September 23rd, 2010
11:33 pm

Sonny and Nathan…..masters of the lie!

Larry

September 23rd, 2010
11:38 pm

Gena Evans has rubbed as many DOT employees the wrong way as she has male co-workers the right way! Gena Evans…..now that’s funny right there!

STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES

September 24th, 2010
12:23 am

Let me get this straight? You guys are fussing about $.50? Really? $.50? Not $8 or $16, but $.50? This is stupid, I live off of Northridge and work downtown and I can at least find that much in my jeans when I wash clothes. And the last time I checked, this road is not a road that you REALLY have to travel is it? Isn’t there another road you guys can go if you don’t want to travel on 400? I think they call it 285. Oh I am sorry, that will take too much time out of your busy lives to go that way? Hmmmmm, lets see well, I see only one other option, travel 400 get you a cruise card and shut up OR wake up a little earlier go 285 and don’t pay a dime. Wow! .50 really?

Road Kill

September 24th, 2010
1:28 am

Why would Governor Barnes thwart an investigation into a pedophile who ran a cult in Putnam County? http://bibbrepublicanparty.com/

WE have lost our way

September 24th, 2010
5:16 am

Gena Evans,I would really like to know how she got her job. I know she is the fair hair child of Sonny. Some where in her back ground there is politics or money in her past or family. You can not keep holding onto a high paying state job with her background without some strong politics or favors!

MD

September 24th, 2010
6:47 am

It was a democrat that built the toll road did you expect the toll to end.

MD

September 24th, 2010
6:48 am

troll in the booth

September 24th, 2010
6:55 am

1 dollar please.

troll in the booth

September 24th, 2010
6:59 am

Use p’tree Dunwoody road that will fix it for good and it is free.

findog

September 24th, 2010
7:04 am

MD, Sonny and Deal are just conservative democrats who had a come to Jesus moment in the early 90’s for political expediency

Lee

September 24th, 2010
7:08 am

Politicians breaking promises?????? Really, when has that ever happened? All they want to do is keep the current taxes, and add some more taxes by calling it Toll Lanes on I-85.

Renegade

September 24th, 2010
7:10 am

Dear “Stupid Is As Stupid Does”, it isn’t just 50 cents, it is 50 cents EVERY TIME. That adds up to more than 50 cents if you use the road more than once.

findog

September 24th, 2010
7:13 am

Lee, that was a democrat promise, we now live in the land of the good godly republicans, so it is the democrats that lied the republicans are just being fiscal growns ups

Nathan

September 24th, 2010
7:22 am

I will rid the state of Toll Road Authorities with its high paid employees for just two toll roads.

Mike

September 24th, 2010
7:52 am

It seems incredibly unfair to discriminate against the citizens of North Fulton and Forsyth and make them disproportionately fund transportation projects all over that state. If you’re going to start charging them for a road that’s already been paid for then you ought to start charging tolls on all the major roads throughout the state, starting with 316.

Almost seems like it would be an Equal Protection issue.

George

September 24th, 2010
8:01 am

I say keep the toll. south Georgia should not be expected to continue to rebuild roads in Atlanta area.

Jimmy62

September 24th, 2010
8:08 am

I simply want to see a promise made by politicians kept. For once. It shouldn’t be such a hard and difficult thing for them to do, but it obviously is. I understand things change, but for once I don’t care about the nuances. I want a simple promise kept, and will attack (verbally) any politician who supports breaking this promise.

findog

September 24th, 2010
8:47 am

Mike,
Gwinnett and DeKalb got their HOV lanes by reducing the inside shoulder to less than the minimum to safely store a sub-compact and having the other lanes shrunk from 12 to 11 feet. Now they are going to let the Lexus crowd in for the personal convenience of those who can afford it to the determent of carpoolers and hybrid owners for which they were intended. Don’t think that just poor Forsyth and North Fulton are the only metro area residents short changed by the governor, legislature, and DOT

DMB

September 24th, 2010
9:53 am

The toll will stay because politicians know people won’t say/do anything to oppose it. They can do what they want because we don’t hold them accountable for results and financial responsibility.

Instead, they see a opportunity to get over on us and they’ll take it. This is what happens when you don’t vote at every election. Voter apathy is the reason Georgia is a mess.

Bobby

September 24th, 2010
9:57 am

Same thing happened when the toll for the bridge to St. Simon’s was coming to an end. Toll authority wanted to keep it in place for “future improvements & maintenance”. Sonny said no and directed the toll bridge to come down, making him out to be a hero.

The same thing is happening again.

CORR

September 24th, 2010
10:18 am

Like I said yesterday and will keep saying… The state wants extra money… Then why not just build a shorter, cheaper route for the US 411 Connector in Bartow County. The current route, Route D-VE, is projected to cost the state $280+ million. Alternate Route G, would save the state $182 million, is 2.5 miles shorter and doesn’t have significant environmental impacts (like destroying a mountain, watersheds, historic mine, conservation easement, etc.) Get the extra money there. More here – http://www.coalitionfortherightroad.org

jac holz

September 24th, 2010
10:37 am

What happened to GA’s portion of the 80 billion dollar infrastructure stimulus that ‘oBOMBa’, Pelosi & Reid screwed us out of in 2009.
Also, ‘oBOMBa’ recently babbled about another 50 billion infrastructure dollars.
Sonny, a few billion of those dollars should be available to GA, unless this is just another bunch of oBOMBa BS.
NOW, AGAIN, WHY DOES THE GA 400 TOLL HAVE TO BE CONTINUED.

Base

September 24th, 2010
10:37 am

The Sonny plan is to toll every road improvement.