Wendell Cox, public policy expert, former member of the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission who has also worked on transportation projects in the Atlanta area, says transit won’t solve Atlanta’s traffic problems. “Transit accounts for barely 1 percent of metropolitan travel. Yet the roundtable plan would commit more than 30 times that on transit. Nearly
On May 23rd, The Georgia Public Policy Foundation, in conjunction with Baruch Feingenbaum, adjunct scholar and transportation policy analyst from Reason Foundation, hosted a breakfast to provide their report on TIA and T-SPLOST. View the event video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKkUC7qfVto&feature=plcp View the Powerpoint presentation here: http://www.georgiapolicy.org/pub/transportation/TSPLOSTPPT.ppt Click here to download GPPF’s report: http://gppf.org/default.asp?pt=newsdescr&RI=1883
MARTA chief, Beverly Scott, on the TIA: “Most notably, three developments need to occur. A transit governance structure with regional control must past the legislature this session. The MARTA Act needs to be revised to allow for flexibility on how the agency spends its sales tax revenue — removing the restriction that 50 percent be
From AJC, April 3, 2012 “MARTA Service Cuts Loom” “MARTA’s Gen Manager Beverly Scott] and other officials said the current financial projection left open the possibility that some projects might not be feasible even if voters approved a regional sales [tax] this July that has $600 million for MARTA for maintenance and upgrades for the
From AJC, September 26, 2011 “We do not have an answer of how it’s going to be funded,” Scott said, adding that if the regional transportation plan is rejected, the agency’s maintenance costs would spike to $2.9 billion, as the proposed plan includes $600 million specifically for taking care of an aging MARTA system. Read
Debunking the Myths: Part 2 – Emissions The myth: Building rail transit will reduce emissions. This is the thought that drives environmentalists everywhere. Their lobby has become so powerful that rail transit is virtually the only kind of transportation project that the Federal government will approve. The problem is that the thought is false.
Debunking the Myths: Part 1 – Congestion The myth: building rail transit will take cars off the road and relieve congestion. This is the oft-quoted rationale for building rail transit. It sounds good. Anyone who is stuck in the logjam of GA400, I-75 or I-85 hears this myth with great anticipation. Getting everyone else