Get Cobb transit off the ground. Any ground-based transit system (bus, bus rapid transit, etc.) will hinder functions along U.S. 41 and the other roads in the “Connect Cobb” plan.
Cars on crossroads have to stop for transit vehicles at intersections, ruining synchronized traffic signal timing.
If transit runs in the middle of the road, cars have to do a “U” turn at the next corner, and return the other way to get to a store. U turns are slow, and the return trip to the store increases congestion in the returning lane.
A dedicated transit lane on the side of the highway blocks every private and commercial driveway it passes.
Ground-level transit slows the functions of a road, no matter where you put it.
An overhead system jumps across roads. It runs behind homes and businesses rather than in front yards. It can jump I-285. It flies across bike paths and sidewalks. It will really help relieve traffic congestion.
An overhead system condemns much less land. With a small base for the columns, the rest of the land under the elevated guideway continues to be useful. Land acquisition costs go down.
Cobb CCT and DOT know about equipment that will do the job. Disney World has had an elevated system for years.
I question transit cost effectiveness, but a system on the ground surely will make things worse. Cobb needs to get transit off the ground.
(Editor’s note: Mr. Hovey is a member of the Cobb Planning Commission.)