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The TSPLOST – Passage will obstruct progress

The TSPLOST – Passage will obstruct progress By Ron Sifen  The TSPLOST was supposed to be about reducing  traffic congestion. The Atlanta Regional Commission has conceded that the  TSPLOST projects list will do little to reduce regional commute times. The ARC  says they are defining “alleviating traffic congestion” as meaning increasing  the number of people

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Religious Icon in Portland – Transit Oriented Development (TOD)

Heads up – this is long – 30 minutes. John Charles, Portland, OR environmental council member and now think tank president, offers warnings on light rail to Vancouver.  He concludes by saying, “I’m not inherently opposed to trains.  Actually I used to commute from NJ to in NYC on the commuter trains. I enjoyed it;

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Some Information about the T-SPLOST

Posted by Jake Walker, no relation Monday, July 23rd For those of you not aware, on July 31st, Georgia voters will face a referendum on a one cent sales tax known as the T-SPLOST. The website dedicating to promoting the T-SPLOST gives a little background information on what the tax is: On July 31, 2012,

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Transports of Delight

American infatuation with the dream of high-speed rail doesn’t match its needs. Why can’t America build high-speed passenger rail systems? If the Chinese can do it, we can do it, as President Barack Obama reportedly declared to his economic advisory team. But should we? China can do it. China has built more than 1,000 miles

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Too many troubles for TSPLOST

Too many troubles for TSPLOST July 18, 2012 12:29 AM | DEAR EDITOR: The TSPLOST has serious troubles, and unanswered management questions. For instance: * It’s not clear who will govern the new transit. The Legislature couldn’t agree. Oversight officials are proposed to be political appointments, not elected. Even the role of the new Fulton cities

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Video: Express Bus vs Light Rail

You’re being asked to approve BILLIONS of dollars in new taxes to build a few scattered light rail lines. Are you getting good value for your money?

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Video: TSPLOST Atlanta v Other Cities

TSPLOST supporters will tell you that Dallas and Denver will steal business from Atlanta because of our traffic problems. TSPLOST supporters will also tell you that Dallas and Denver have a competitive advantage over Atlanta because they have light rail systems. There are also things they won’t tell you. Outrageous cost overuns and staggeringly high

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Is U.S. Transportation Infrastructure Falling Down?

Is U.S. Transportation Infrastructure Falling Down? By Randal O’Toole  In  August 2007, the Interstate-35W bridge across the Mississippi River in  Minneapolis suddenly collapsed, killing 13 people. The event led many to decry  the state of the nation’s infrastructure, and stress the need for more federal  funding to maintain and repair that infrastructure. “One-third of the

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TSPLOST hurt, not helped, by consultant’s ‘race’ talk

TSPLOST hurt, not helped, by consultant’s ‘race’ talk By Ron Sifen TSPLOST supporters have brought in a Washington, D.C. developer, Chris  Leinberger, who is also a consultant on urbanism and smart growth, to race-bait  the TSPLOST. Leinberger told the Cumberland Area Community Improvement  District board last week that “MARTA really stands for ‘Moving African Americans

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Traffic Congestion, Time, Money & Productivity

Traffic Congestion, Time, Money & Productivity By Wendell Cox Transit: Inherently Less Productive and Expensive: One common claim is that transit will provide alternative mobility. However, transit trips tend to be twice as long as car trips and no transit vision has ever been put forward that would replicate the efficiency of the automobile. There

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