Transit: Here We Go Again

We need an elected DOT board that will not be beholden to the developers and contractors...


After a lull of only 3 weeks, the forces of tax subsidy are at it again. In a single day we were treated to the following:

An article in the Roswell Neighbor describing an upcoming "public meeting" to discuss the Connect 400 Transit Initiative (http://neighbornewspapers.com/view/full_story/19848031/article-Forum-will-shed-light-on-north-Fulton-rail-study-?)

This will be held at the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce headquarters on Aug. 30 from 9:00 to 10:30 AM. I encourage everyone to attend and let them know what you think about extending MARTA. E-mail KRome@gnfcc.com to confirm attendance.

A second article by Tom Sabulis appeared on the AJC blog site (http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-forward/2012/08/20/downtown-terminal-on-track/) advising that "..plans for a billion-dollar multimodal passenger terminal downtown – connecting commuter rail, MARTA, light-rail, streetcars and buses" are proceeding. I would defy anyone to describe a problem in Atlanta for which this is a solution.

Given that two-thirds of the voters just clearly expressed their opinion of transit as a solution, why would any state agency use taxpayer dollars to support this real estate developers' boondoggle?

What part of NO don't they understand?

We need an elected DOT board that will not be beholden to the developers and contractors, and will focus on providing real transportation solutions that will meet the real demand that the states travelers and freight haulers need.

jim derrick August 28, 2012 at 11:27 AM
Let me make this simple for you... 1) 2/3 of the people did not reject mass transit as a solution. A very healthy percentage of the people voting "no" were against the proposal because there was not enough mass transit and many were opposed because of the large amount of funds being pushed towards the beltline. 2) A central point so everyone can connect with other means of transportation... yeah, bad idea. Shame every other major city in the country disagrees with you. 3) How in the world can you figure that elected officials aren't beholden now to developers and contractors, a.k.a. people with money. Money is the milk of politics. 4) Elected officials tend to make bad technocrats. Witness the poorly designed and implemented Abernathy corridor in Sandy Springs slammed down on the people of Sandy Springs by the Senator form Cobb County Johnny Issakson. Look, you won. We are staying in the 1960's. Go away.


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