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Transportation: What's Next?

What do you think Plan B should be now that the transportation sales tax has failed? Could a different list of projects get public support?

 

Do people just hate taxes, or did the proposed road and transit project list for the Metro Atlanta area just turn people off?

As most people know by now, a proposed sales tax, known as the TSPLOST, suffered a pounding from voters across North Georgia and Metro Atlanta on Tuesday.

The tax failed in the 10-county Atlanta Regional District by 63%-38%.

In DeKalb County, seen as one of the key communities needed for the measure to pass, it lost by a slim 51%-49%. In Fulton County, another key area, it lost by the same slim margin.

Similar measures did pass in three other regions of Georgia: the Central Savannah River Area District, the River Valley District (Columbus and surrounding counties) and the Heart of Georgia Altamaha District (an area that includes Dublin in Southeast Georgia).

On Wednesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Gov. Nathan Deal said he would not support putting another TSPLOST on the ballot, although state law would allow it in another two years. The announcement had to be a disappointment to supporters of the effort.

What do you think? Is there a regional fix to Metro Atlanta's snarled traffic? Are too many people in an anti-tax mood to support a solution? Or was the project list just wrong? 

Let us know what you think in the comments area below.

Navin R Johnson August 02, 2012 at 08:02 PM
This talk about "drive less"... with severely lacking public transportation options in Atlanta, that's impractical for most people. These days, people's jobs change faster than they can sell a home and relocate. Moving closer to your workplace just isn't practical or affordable for many. To the question at hand... I think T-SPOLST was killed -- not because it wasn't well designed. Sure, you can poke holes all over it. But we all know most voters probably didn't look at the plans. T-SPLOST was likely viewed by most simply as a tax. A tax with a horrible name. ** T-SPLOST ** Who would vote FOR something called T-SPLOST when all they think about it is, it's a tax on transportation. (I bet simply calling it the 'Traffic and Transportation Improvement Program' would have given it a lot more votes!) With the economy in recovery, a tax is the last thing many people want right now. I voted in favor of it. I'll gladly sacrifice a bottle of wine each month for all the improvements (assuming they'd actually take form) over the next 5-10 years.
Amy Bitcover August 02, 2012 at 10:10 PM
It's the job of our governor and legislature to fund road and transit improvements, not our job to figure out how to raise taxes by adding a penny to retail. Why isn't the gas tax examined? Why is the answer when this is asked "Raising the gas tax is a non-starter". The media has also dropped the ball. These politicians are useless.
Hank Quinn August 03, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Like! Like! I loved: "I really do want to see transportation improve to meet at least the early 1900s in Paris and New York" I see the completion of the Beltline (if it ever happens) to be the secret to condensing our population growth and creating a wholesome hub for commerce. Like the Circle Line in London.
Hank Quinn August 03, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Agree Eric. You and Jim should get together and take this to the next level, what ever that is.
Hank Quinn August 03, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Take a ride on the Long Island Railroad or the SEPTA lines out of Philadelphia. No loss of property values there, nice, nice, nice! It a regional perception.

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