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TSPLOST Failed, So What Happens Now?

The people spoke when it came to TSPLOST and the answer was a resounding no. Point taken, but what now? The traffic congestion is still there, but the money to solve it isn't.

When all the votes were tallied, taxpayers left little doubt how they felt about any more taxes — even if it was to relieve Georgia's major traffic problems. But saying "no" is one thing, deciding what to do about it going forward is another.

Patch columnist Jeff Allen gave his suggestions in his latest column ." However, solving Atlanta's traffic problems definitely requires someone to bring their A game to the table. The problem is in the current economy people are already financially strapped and asking them for more money, no matter what you call it, isn't going to work — at least right now.

So what are the options? In the absence of TSPLOST funding, how do you suggest your elected officials solve the transportation problems? What is your Plan B?

Jim S August 02, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Plan B is as simple, in my mind, as doing the right thing. 1. I would gladly drop a dime to return driver's education to the high school curriculum of the public school system. Learning how to turn the key is not learning how to drive. 2. I favor firm, consistent law enforcement for those found guilty of being inattentive drivers. By this, I mean strict laws against texting, strict laws against hand held devices of any kind, and fines that put teeth into the laws. 3. A DUI related death should bring 1st degree murder charges. The driver knew they were drinking, and knew that impaired driving could lead to someone's death. Therefore, the decision to drive was premeditated. 4. The legislature should adopt and enforce 'slower traffic keep right' and 'no driving in the passing(leftmost, non HOV/HOT) lane. The problems on our highways have very logical solutions.
Susan August 02, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Having lived in the burbs of Wash. DC I know adding more lanes doesn't work-12 lanes in and 12 out into Washington. They finally built a train line and got buses to the trains. They under estimated the parking at the train depots-so plan for double the population. Hey - with GAS going up again, and the population getting older we have to get some bus services. Even if it's only up and down Hwy78 and 20 to basic business districts-Loganville, Snellville, Grayson. I just hope they don't go back to increasing the gas tax and tolls for every project that should already be on the long term maintenance plan.

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