RedBoard: Remember folks, the fix is in. Somehow, some way, the good ol’ boys are going to get this slush fund to line their pockets unless we go region-wide and convince any and all this is a stupid tax for stupid projects that won’t do anything but enrich the “right” people. Really, a 10-year (minimum) tax to build a single rail line that won’t address Cobb traffic congestion...and won’t be available for use until 2026? For crying out loud, how ridiculous is that? Same goes for most of other counties’ project lists. This is ruling class stupidity at its finest.
By the way, you think BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) is a good idea? Take a look at the silly system Cleveland, Ohio, built. They used $168 million to build a 6.8-mile long single bus line, bought 21 fancy buses that seat 47 and allow another 50 or so to stand, then built 44 (yes, 44) stops along the route with fancy ticket machines. Guess what? The buses take about 40 minutes to travel the 6.8 miles! That’s a blistering average speed of 10.2 mph! (Or a little over 3 times the speed of WALKING!) And don’t forget the $10 million per year in operating costs that fares don’t cover.
BRT is a joke. Cumberland light rail is a joke. TIA is a joke. Stop this nonsense. Vote NO!
Anonymous: The proponents of the transit “solution” for Cobb County have been intentionally vague and misleading from the very beginning. As Mr. McKee indicated, this is using the infamous “Nancy Pelosi” strategy of “pass the referendum and then we will find out what is REALLY in it.”
We have been peppered with a constant and ever changing barrage misinformation, conjecture and half baked ideas about what the transit solution for Cobb County is going to be. Most metro area voters are likely going to buy into the one-sided propaganda and BS that MAVEN and others will be spreading around between now and July and will vote to approve the TIA.
Unfortunately, Cobb County may be caught up in this TIA/TSPLOST fiasco whether we like it or not. Just remember that we are not simply going to be obligated for a ten year tax increase. If the referendum passes the tax will be a permanent one. Rabid local supporters of the TIA (we know who they are by now) should be held accountable if a majority of Cobb County voters oppose this referendum, but it still passes Metro-wide.