The final list spends 51.5 percent of its money on mass transit, with bus projects and rail expansion including the Atlanta Beltline and a line to the Emory University and Clifton Corridor area. It’s 47.3 percent roads, from surface street improvements to major highway projects such as a rebuild of I-285 and Ga. 400. The rest goes to airports, bicycle and pedestrian projects, and a project that is a crossover road/transit project.
The officials who make up the “roundtable” that chose the list noted that some did not believe that the entire region could come together to agree on anything. “Guess what, we proved them wrong,” said Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews, one of the roundtable’s 21 members.
Tea Party Patriots released the following statement received via the Tip Line:
ATLANTA, GA – Tea Party leaders Julianne Thompson and Debbie Dooley released a statement today regarding the proposed T-SPLOST list release today.
“Now that the final project list has been released we are more determined than ever to make sure this T-SPLOST is DOA. For instance, the idea of targeting $95 million in taxpayers money to a light rail study in Gwinnett that no one will ever use is fiscal irresponsibility at it’s worst.
We all agree there is a traffic problem in metro-Atlanta, and we support infrastructure improvements like bridges, road improvements, lane widening, traffic lights, etc. But let’s be frank, this is not an infrastructure improvement plan. The project list is not targeted to benefit the majority of citizens in the areas they need relief the most. This is a mass transit tax targeted at financial Titanic MARTA. We are in the process of forming a PAC to help candidates and issues. We will educate citizens, fight this, and turn-out the votes when it comes up on the ballot.”
The entire project Metro Atlanta list can be downloaded from the Atlanta Regional Roundtable’s website.