The chain-reaction collisions on the I-75 corridor

I have rolled up and down I-75 for most of my adult life. From Kennesaw to Atlanta and back, 60 miles each day. I’ve lost tires to shrapnel tossed by big rigs, spun 360s on patches of ice, and navigated past the occasional Friday night drunk.

But what frightens the hard-core commuter more than anything else is the sudden tableau of red brake lights, smoking tires, and the raised rear-end of a car chassis rushing toward him. One panicked stop leads to another and another and another.

Airbags explode, and everything grinds to a halt.

A slow-motion version of that chain reaction, as disturbing as any that ever shut down my northwest passage, is unfolding in the state Capitol.

Last month, Gov. Nathan Deal abruptly cancelled a $1 billion, public-private venture to install reversible toll lanes alongside I-75 and I-575 – the first major overhaul to promise relief for myself and an estimated 199,999 other daily commuters.

In exchange for the private funding, under terms negotiated before Deal took office, the state would have had to agree to limit the construction of new roads in the corridor for 60 to 70 years. In his State of the State address earlier this month, Deal said he was loath to sign away “Georgia’s sovereignty” over such an important traffic corridor.

But the governor promised, in that same speech, that he was looking for another way to finance the project.

That hasn’t been enough for some. One month after the governor tapped the brakes on that I-75 project, Tim Lee, chairman of the Cobb County Commission, tapped the brakes on another.

In a Capitol press conference, flanked by two state senators representing Cobb, Lee last week proposed that the sidelined reversible lane project be added to the list of improvements that would be paid for by a 10-year, penny sales tax – if metro Atlanta voters approve the levy on July 31.

In exchange, Lee – and Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews — recommended that Project No. 35 on a list of 157 be sacrificed. Project No. 35 is a rapid bus transit line that would operate between Atlanta and Acworth – and contains the first promise, however faint, of a rail line outside Fulton and DeKalb counties.

Lee and Mathews were on the roundtable of metro Atlanta political leaders who hammered out the list. Their proposal to “sacrifice” the first expansion of commuter rail in metro Atlanta this century is a measure of how hot the topic remains in Cobb. It is no secret that Lee is up for re-election – his future and that of the sales tax for transportation will be settled on the same day.

There are serious problems with Lee’s idea. First, changing the list would require an act of the Legislature. The same bill needed to “fine tune” Cobb’s list of projects might rapidly expand to include adjustments in other corners of the state – a can of worms if ever there was one.

Also keep in mind that tea partyers oppose the sales tax, and have friends in the Capitol. And many a piece of legislation has been helped to death.

If, by some chance, Lee’s argument prevails, then we have another problem. Voters would be asked to levy a penny sales tax on themselves, for a road that would then require a toll each time it was used.

“If Georgia builds it, it’s still the taxpayer’s money. It’s just a matter of which pocket it comes out of,” Lee said in an interview Friday. But that is not an argument that backers of the sales tax want to be making this summer.

Then there’s the matter of transparency: The list of projects was the result of an extraordinary – and largely – open series of negotiations among elected officials representing 10 counties in metro Atlanta. Deals cut in the Capitol are likely to be much less open to public inspection.

“Our concern would be what the voters’ reaction would be to a changed project list after they’ve participated in the process over such a long period of time,” said Bert Brantley, spokesman for the metro Atlanta referendum campaign.

So we come back to the $1 billion for those reversible lanes up I-75 and I-575. If the governor were to point to a likely funding source, that would make this whole fracas moot, wouldn’t it? Why, yes, said Lee on Friday.

Last week, state Rep. Jay Roberts, R-Ocilla, introduced HB 806, a bill that would free up $1.1 billion in unused motor fuel tax revenue languishing in the hallways of the state Department of Transportation – cash assigned to other projects and thus out of reach.

A portion of that cash is likely to find its way into Cobb County. Other sources will be tapped as well, said Brian Robinson, a more than slightly ticked-off spokesman for Deal. “The governor took the major step of heralding this project in the State of the State address, signaling its priority status. When this … project was shelved, the governor said we’d still get it done and he meant it,” Robinson wrote in an e-mail Friday.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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94 comments Add your comment

GA Motorist

January 28th, 2012
9:30 am

Optional toll lanes are widely hated and will fail. The sales tax is wrong-headed and will fail. If our state leaders had any brains and courage whatsoever they would just raise the state fuel tax to a level comparable with other states, then we would have the money to build the freeways required to move the traffic generated by years of unplanned growth. Alas, we should be resigned to spending the rest of our working lives mired in highway gridlock and mindless political bickering.

Me

January 28th, 2012
9:38 am

Excellent headline, Jim.

nelsonh

January 28th, 2012
10:04 am

Now, under socialism money earned by the populace would go towards building a nice new I-75. Instead of a citizen accumulating money[like millions or billions] that capital goes to make a brand-spanking new highway.
How much better can it get? Instead of the super wealthy lording it over the plethora of peons out there in the country, they will contribute their zillions to public works. Every time Tiger hits the ball, he will say “if I win Juniper will hAVE A NICE NEW SEWER SYSTEM.
Need I go on? This “The Vallhala” that we have been looking for.

Centrist

January 28th, 2012
10:28 am

I remember when local, state, and federal governments used our tax dollars (gas, income, sales, property, ad valorum) to pay for infrastructure. Now, somehow, it has been pushed to SPLOST or private toll roads. Infrastructure has always lagged in the metro area – taxes are collected, but not used for their original intended purpose.

Commissioner Lee is in big trouble. He fully supported the outrageously expensive and projected little used rail line boondoggle. The T-SPLOST was dead on arrival with voters with that in it, so a scramble ditched it at the last minute – but not before former Cobb Commission Chairman Burns announced he would run against Lee. Now we have more scrambling in an attempt to save Lee’s job.

The HOT lanes in Gwinnett are a disaster, but unless the feds release it back to an HOV or reversible lanes – the cost for the HOT lane conversion has to be paid back. There is also the saving face issue where blame would be assigned if it was admitted the HOT lane project was poorly conceived. There are even still some government types that would like to impose those woefully underused HOT lanes in Cobb.

Maybe telecommuting will take hold out of necessity since so many man-hours are lost sitting in traffic. I bet Mr. Jim Galloway does a lot of that – as he should.

GDRLA

January 28th, 2012
10:47 am

The whole transportation mess seems ripe for copying actions from another state. In Florida much of the process is underwritten by TOLL roads, mostly paid for by toll revenue receipts against bonds issued for the initial construction. This seems to fit the conservative item of privatizing government in that those who use the road pay for it & those who don’t pay nothing! I visit aging parents & other relatives in the Orlando area & have a Fla SUNPASS on my vehicles – works great, saves time, & when I don’t use it I don’t pay!

Georgia always seems to complicate the whole process & cannot seem to find their A** with both hands, a map, a flashlight, & help. Oh well, as my grandfather said, nothing is ever safe when the legislature sits, especially life, liberty, & property.

RD

January 28th, 2012
11:19 am

The DOT is cluless lacking professionals. The state of GA should hire the most competent set of professionals in the US to help with the fiasco that is the state highway department. Why in the world would the state even consider such boondoogles such as HOT lanes unless this process is lining the pockets of both legislators and the companies involved.The ONLY reason is $$$$. No other reason, except for the millions of JOBS that will arise…yeah, right.

td

January 28th, 2012
11:33 am

GDRLA

January 28th, 2012
10:47 am

I have always said Georgia needs to put up some toll booths on 75, 95, 85 and 20 right at the borders of the state and let all these out of state travelers help pay for the maintenance and upgrades to the roads they are using.

td

January 28th, 2012
11:38 am

OSAMA made DUBYA his bi@tch

January 28th, 2012
11:27 am
td

more insane ramblings from our resident Kristian KKonservative…

Just as I expected, you have no solutions. I tell my employees to not come to me and whine about problems unless you also come with solutions.

cartoon

January 28th, 2012
12:01 pm

By definition there is no such thing as a solution to any problem, because the problem itself is an illusion of the demogogued and the dunce-capped.

moron. (and idiot).

bwa

td

January 28th, 2012
12:09 pm

OSAMA made DUBYA his bi@tch

January 28th, 2012
11:59 am
td

u have no employees …youre just a broke frustrated angry guy who thinks the world owes u a living..u blame all your problems on somebody else …like JOE THE PLUMBER an ignorant white boy who blames his problems on blacks,illegal aliens, liberals,gays etc

You are a perfect example of the intellectual level of the typical liberal/progressive/socialist. You do not have the capability to have a reasoned constructive conversation but rather just come with name calling. Lord we need a basic intelligence test before we allow people to vote.

The good news is you informed, unintelligent opinion is not going to matter in Georgia when you cast your vote next November because your vote will not be counted in the Presidential contest. I will have some comfort in knowing this fact.

Frederick Douglass

January 28th, 2012
12:20 pm

td @ 11:38

Wait, wait just one minute. I need to wrap my head around what I just read. You have employees? I was under the impression that all of the large scale plantations went under when the south lost the Civil War.

td

January 28th, 2012
12:34 pm

Frederick Douglass

January 28th, 2012
12:20 pm
td @ 11:38

Wait, wait just one minute. I need to wrap my head around what I just read. You have employees? I was under the impression that all of the large scale plantations went under when the south lost the Civil War.

Yes, they have to be employees now since the civil war. Matter of fact I would not want slaves now under this form of Federal government. I would have to buy them health care, they could only work 8 hours a day, I would have to supply Federal approved housing, and I am sure the Feds would not allow beatings any longer for not working hard or back talking.

I would much rather hire contractors, not pay any health care, unemployment insurance, or paid holidays, sick leave or vacation. I do not have to worry about overtime, housing or retirement. The best part is if they do not get the job done or want to have an attitude then I just tell them that I no longer need their services and there are 6 others willing and excited about taking their job.

Frederick Douglass

January 28th, 2012
12:53 pm

td @ 12:34

So in essence you operate a sweatshop? Way to go “Jobs Creator”, Mitt Romney would be proud of your, ahem…..work ethic.

Centrist

January 28th, 2012
12:57 pm

Massive thread creep here. I liked it better when we blogged about the minority Democrat and AJC (redundant) proposed changes to ILLEGAL immigration and the Hope scholarship that won’t get considered.

jd

January 28th, 2012
1:03 pm

Lessee — spend tax money to build a rail line where I pay money to sit and read while traffic runs slow — or spend tax money to build a toll lane where I pay money to drive slow…

The logic of Georgia leaders will return us to the stone age quicker than you think

findog

January 28th, 2012
1:04 pm

Back to the matter at hand:
It pains me to say that Centrist is right

The Georgia fuel tax has not changed since the Nixon administration
If not for fear of Grover the republicans running this state would change it
Maybe when T-SPLOST fails they will have a referendum to update the fuel tax during a small primary election in 2017; if they start now [note: it takes our fine legislative leaders at least four years to do anything]

PS: hang in there td

td

January 28th, 2012
1:09 pm

Frederick Douglass

January 28th, 2012
12:53 pm
td @ 12:34

So in essence you operate a sweatshop? Way to go “Jobs Creator”, Mitt Romney would be proud of your, ahem…..work ethic

If you want to call paying people between $35 to $75 per hour a sweatshop then I guess I do.

Centrist

January 28th, 2012
1:13 pm

findog posted “The Georgia fuel tax has not changed since the Nixon administration”

That’s the only tax (income, sales, property, ad valorum) that hasn’t kept up or increased with inflation. Sales tax rates have steadily increased, and SPLOST taxes have since been added. Where (other than bigger government, bureaucracies, and graft) have we got more bang for the buck?

Ol' Timer

January 28th, 2012
1:13 pm

@td — You need to do better that ad hominem arguments. They’re very weak. And, if you’d throw your support behind the President’s healthcare initiative, you’d be able to get your Tourette meds.

findog

January 28th, 2012
1:19 pm

Sorry Centrist, old zig-zag Zell cut taxes on food in the 90’s
Mileage rates have been cut all over the state as property values rose
You are however correct that poor management of Georgia’s purse strings has squandered many opportunities to drag this state into the 1980’s

Centrist

January 28th, 2012
1:48 pm

In 1929, Georgia became the second state in the union to pass sales tax legislation. In 1989, the state tax rate increased from 3 percent to 4 percent. Counties may impose an additional sales tax of up to 3 percent. Atlanta is up to 8% now with MARTA, SPLOST, and water municipal option tax additions. They have also added hotel and airport taxes. So, for those ITP – how has those added sales taxes and bigger government improved your standard of living, and your children’s education?

professional skeptic

January 28th, 2012
1:50 pm

td

HA! You said employees at first, then you foolishly let loose with the dirty little secret you’ve been hiding about not providing benefits or paying UI tax required by law. Now you back track and try to call them contractors. Sounds like a grand mid classification fraud scheme you’ve got going on, there. The Feds have your ip address and will be along when you least expect it, seize your records, and haul you off to court. Can’t wait to read about it in the papers.

professional skeptic

January 28th, 2012
1:53 pm

That’s misclassification fraud… Not “mid classification” — a nonsensical product of Apple’s overly aggressive auto-correct feature.

professional skeptic

January 28th, 2012
1:57 pm

Whaddya do every day, td… run down to the Home Depot ever’day and cram a bunch of EEE-LEEEGALS in the back of your broken down pickup? Employment of illegals… More fraud!

td

January 28th, 2012
2:06 pm

professional skeptic

January 28th, 2012
1:50 pm

I see you have gone and changed names again Billy. There is one thing for sure Billy, you can change names all you want but you can not change your intelligence. LOL

double

January 28th, 2012
2:38 pm

@11;15 td(student of Newt) is a poor dumb redneck,then he goes to having a business and employees.Centrist would know how to spell advalorem tax.I know he/she is a racist phoney,that begrudges any help the poor receive.Newt taught him well in deception.

double

January 28th, 2012
2:48 pm

No new taxes….add more taxes……more taxes,more for pugs to steal…..ya’ll need make up your minds about taxes,quit being so wishy washy.

Frederick Douglass

January 28th, 2012
2:49 pm

td @ 1:09

I hope those (wink, wink) employees work harder than the boss does, because he spends 20 of the 24 hour day making a nuisance of himself on Jim Galloway’s blog.

td

January 28th, 2012
3:39 pm

Frederick Douglass

January 28th, 2012
2:49 pm

Brother, it is called multi tasking and being good at putting together a excellent management staff. When your main task is to monitor and tweak networks during the day and you have multiple monitors it is not difficult to watch a blog and drive you libs crazy.

Centrist

January 28th, 2012
3:56 pm

@ double – You should at least check before you make a fool out yourself concerning how Georgia spells “ad valorem” tax. Read it on their website – http://motor.etax.dor.ga.gov/motor/registration/reglatecost.asp

Sitting Bull

January 28th, 2012
4:02 pm

Carolyn

January 28th, 2012
4:04 pm

When you disagree, why don’t you try to convince the other person with reasons instead of just venting to feel better and make the other person angry? I, personally, think too much money has been spent on roads that just provide income to major contractors, very little to the workers, and lines the pockets of the oil companies with expensive hauling of materials (and pollute the air with mercury emissions from making concrete). I’d like to see our education system improved. The minds of our young people are our most important asset – not a fancy new way to access I-75.

Alejandrisha

January 28th, 2012
4:08 pm

The only lasting solution is more lanes and more pavement. These harebrained schemes like reversible toll lanes do nothing about the real problem, which is too many vehicles crowded onto too little roadway. Look at the metro Atlanta population estimates for ten years hence and ask yourself where we’ll put all those new cars and trucks? Oh, wait…teleworking, car pooling and MARTA will save us. LOL.

DawgDad

January 28th, 2012
4:26 pm

“$1 billion, public-private venture to install reversible toll lanes alongside I-75 and I-575 – the first major overhaul to promise relief for myself and an estimated 199,999 other daily commuters”

This DOES NOT promise relief. It promises some measure of public financing will be used to benefit narrow private interests (contractors and toll payers), worse congestion for the masses unable or unwilling to pay tolls, and loss of sovereignty in solving problems down the road. I see NOTHING positive in this proposal.

We ALREADY pay taxes to fund transportation and build roads. The State does NOT need more taxpayer money, it needs to buckle down, prioritize what revenues it has, and eliminate the boondoggles, subsidies, and corruption. All we get are crazier schemes and whining for more money. Show me some economic growth, property value escalation, and responsible government and you won’t need to beg for tax increases or paint double white lines on the toll-free public lanes.

Charlie H

January 28th, 2012
4:34 pm

The state is prepared to give $415 Million and counting for a new stadium downtown, paid for by Hotel/Motel taxes, plus waive sales taxes on construction materials. Why are we still “looking” for revenue sources for transportation from existing funds while ignoring a half billion dollar giveaway that will only benefit one individual?

I support the T-SPLOST, but it’s hard to accept the argument that it is so critical when State and Local leaders continue to refuse to discuss such a large amount of state funding being given away when there are so many other priority needs in the region.

RockyRoad

January 28th, 2012
5:16 pm

Toll roads are nothing but an added tax on motorists. Tolls increase the the cost of the roads with the added expense of toll booths and operators , people to “manage” operations, ect.,ect., ect.. If polititions would spend the current road use taxes on the roads instead of every other “pet” project, there would be plenty of money to expand and maintain our roads. The money is there, it’s just being mis- handled to buy votes.

majii

January 28th, 2012
6:00 pm

IMHO, what is needed is a change in the way Georgians view transportation. We need to open our minds to other solutions besides building more highways for transportation. Sure, we all love our cars, but I would certainly utilize a viable rail system if it were safe, reliable, and punctual.

*COMMUTER RAIL WILL SAVE COMMUTERS MONEY.
AAA estimates the average cost of operating an automobile at 52.2 cents per mile, putting the true cost of driving round trip between Atlanta and Lawrenceville $33.41. For riders with a monthly pass, the projected cost of a rail round trip between Atlanta and Lawrenceville would be $10.80 cents. Rail commuters also avoid sudden spikes in gasoline prices.

**COMMUTER RAIL WILL SAVE COMMUTERS TIME.
The rush-hour drive between Jonesboro and Atlanta currently averages 43 minutes. The train time would be 36 minutes, which is seven minutes faster. By 2030, the rush-hour drive time between Jonesboro and Atlanta is expected to increase to 60 minutes. The train time will still be 36 minutes, which is 24 minutes faster. The more congested Atlanta, the faster rail will be by comparison.

***COMMUTER RAIL WILL REDUCE TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS, IMPROVE AIR QUALITY, REDUCE GEORGIA’S CONTRIBUTION TO GLOBAL WARMING AND DECREASE GEORGIA’S DEPENDENCE ON IMPORTED OIL FROM UNSTABLE AND UNFRIENDLY NATIONS.
According to the Georgia Clean Air Campaign, Atlanta had 43 smog alert days in 2006, and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recently ranked Atlanta as the nation’s asthma capital. Car and truck emissions have long been recognized as a major source of pollution. The Georgia Rail Passenger Program estimates that a full commuter rail network will take 21,000 cars off the road during each morning and afternoon, cutting pollution and accident costs by $160 million per year. The Oak Ridge National Laboratory estimates that commuter train travel is 22% more energy efficient than auto travel. http://www.garprail.org/documents/garp_ga_reasons.htm

Centrist

January 28th, 2012
6:09 pm

Commuter rail is an expensive boondoggle. It is underused, and cost per mile for right of way, construction, maintenance and operation is way out of proportion to roads. Administration is rife with graft and bureaucracy. It sounds good, but is not practical or economical.

Bob

January 28th, 2012
6:22 pm

Jim, shame on you. You’re proposing a treatment for the symptom, while neglecting the root causes…cell phones, tecting, applying make-up, eating/drinking breakfast, crazy lane changing, etc. Even 20 lanes wouldn’t work when you have bad and distracted drivers. How about putting 50 State Troopers on I-75 for a month a see what happens.

Now the truth............

January 28th, 2012
6:38 pm

*COMMUTER RAIL WILL bring noting but crime.. we don’t want any type of brothers in our hood. Bring in gambling to solve all probs

tman

January 28th, 2012
7:22 pm

The population increases and there is no commutter rail. it only makes sense you can’t build enough highways to get people in and out of the city. The commuter bus service has to increase. Yo can’t build highways and get yourself out of this congestion and when the economy comes back it will only get worse as more people are employed and move here.

Roadrunner

January 28th, 2012
8:14 pm

NO MORE TOLL ROADS!!! It would be different if the tolls went away when the cost of construction was paid for, but the tolls never go away! (Look no further than GA400) This is just one more way for government to separate us from our hard earned dollars. Stop with your social engineering and income redistribution and spend the taxes you’re already getting on what they should already be being spent on, infrastructure, education, fire & police. Everything else is just state government getting involved where it doesn’t belong.

There is a sickness in GA

January 28th, 2012
8:19 pm

There is another solution if you don’t like the traffic. Just move; isn’t that what all you Republicans like to say when anyone complains about the way Ga is run? Well…same goes for you.

That’s not really a very constructive addition to this conversation though, so how about this idea. In the 90s Strasbourg, France built an interesting street car system. The system was fixed guide-way, but instead of running on rails the street cars ran on tires. It also eliminated the use of in-car operators in favor of an automated acceleration and breaking system. It is cheaper, so at least it addresses concerns about cost. As far as the underutiliztion argument goes, it’s just not credible. If given an option of sitting in traffic for an hour and half or sitting on a train for a half hour they, they will sit on the train as long as the price is right and the service is reliable.

Anyway, it’s one compromise idea.

Edward Ruffin

January 28th, 2012
9:42 pm

VOTE NO ON T-SPLOST. NO MORE TAXES! Use the taxes we are already paying, which is more than enough to do those things for which gov’t should be responsible. Trouble is gov’t is doing things they shouldn’t be doing, like buying an airport in Henry County.

Jules

January 28th, 2012
9:50 pm

Let’s take a different approach, we agree traffic is a problem in and around Atlanta. Rail, in any way, shape, or form is expensive. Five lanes added to every freeway in each different will not hardly decrease commute times, besides it would be very expensive to buy the necessary land/businesses in the right of way. HOT Lanes are trash and a form of double taxation, if you use them, giving the fact that we pay taxes for roads already. Which brings me back to rail……….

Problem #1 — Cost, well the way I see it, pay now or lose later. Pay for a more viable way for people to move from place to place OR lose time sitting in cars with gridlock, lose jobs, because other cities maybe able to entice companies with better infrastructure and transportation options.
And to that I add, Atlanta and the metro region can not progress by living on yesterday’s accomplishment, we need to be proactive to attractive business to the region. We need to have a go to industry, ie Silcon Valley, Research Triangle

Problem #2 — Crime, this argument kills me everytime, what I guess there is no crime in Gwinnett, Cobb, or Cherokee county, all the crime is in Atlanta, Fulton and Dekalb county. No one get killed or robbed in Cobb, Cherokee, or Gwinnett county, are you serious????? I guess all the police in in those counties just sit around and collect a check, because there is no crime or no crime like there would be with the train in those counties. Let’s cut goverment, starting with those cops. Let’s be serious, no one is going to ride a train to Duluth, Alpharetta, or Kennesaw and go to someones house, steal a flat screen tv and go jump back on the train and go home.

Just a thought

jaypat

January 28th, 2012
11:05 pm

I really don’t understand why some Republicans and their Austrian associates have this love affair with toll roads. It surely cannot be because there is a public clammor for toll roads. Most everyone I have ever talked to *despises* the idea of paying twice for the roads they drive on; first through taxes, then through tolls.

And reversible lanes? Oh, please. It only takes one idiot to screw up the entire thing. And we have more than our share of idiots on the roads today. No. Divided highways with a barrier between them is a much better idea.

Out by the Pond

January 28th, 2012
11:12 pm

First thing first-the required right of way for the reversible toll lanes will exceed 1 billion when all administrative coat are factored in.

Number 2. A sales tax is not the proper way to finance public improvements. As I have stated previously, a sales tax weighs heaviest on those least able to pay.

Number 3. In the past 20 years there has been such a drastic brain drain in State Government that there are very few truly competent employees left. When I left state government 13 years ago I could not find a college graduate who was functionally literate who would go to work for $20 K a year.

Need I go on?

new American President needed

January 28th, 2012
11:15 pm

Osama Obama one in the same hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha worst President scene JIMMY CARTER

Bryan -- MARTA supporter

January 28th, 2012
11:40 pm

When are folks going to understand you can’t build roads over and over to reduce traffic. That has been tried and doesn’t work. MARTA rail needs to be out there NOW! The core 5 counties should have rail. Until we look at other options besides roads, Atlanta AND THE METRO AREA will fall behind until cities like Dallas, Houston, and Charlotte take the crown and the leading city in the southeast. Let’s keep the crown and expand our transit system. Expand MARTA and help pay for it. Stop thinking MARTA is suppose to give you this great system with no money to do so. Then all you here is complaints about the system. Give me a break.

Albert

January 29th, 2012
12:07 am

I’ve done business with Mark Matthews and it scares me to think he has input into the transportation needs of metro Atlanta. I’m opposed to private funding for a public right of way. We should be developing a mass transit system like Washington DC’s. Instead of toll lanes, we need rail going up the center of I-75 from downtown to Acworth or underneath Cobb Parkway with a branch going up 120 towards Roswell.