I-75 plan is better: The reversible HOT lane plan for I-75/575 is all new lanes and all new interchanges. The I-85 mess took away existing lanes. The I-75/575 design adds real capacity, and unburdens existing interchanges. The reversible feature increases the added capacity effect. The design takes practically no added land beyond the existing right of way. The addition to I-75/575 capacity is a good thing, well designed. Lindsey Tippins’ idea on TV 23 to put triple lanes from 285 to the split and double both ways beyond that deserves consideration.
NotSoPC: With leaders like Lee and Mathews who needs enemies, I suspect our neighboring and competitive counties are ecstatic. They have, with the inexplicable assistance of our Chamber of Commerce and the Cumberland CID, put Cobb County in the precarious position of funding a $1BILLION light rail project for the City of Atlanta and MARTA. Way to go guys!!
Last GA Democrat: With the moves that the state has been making lately to attempt to make the very unpopular I-85 HOT (high occupancy toll) Lanes more palatable to Northeast Metro, like lowering off-peak tolls to one-cent per mile, it looks the state is trying to do either one of two things: Make HOT Lanes more acceptable to the public at large or slowly and steadily back away from the HOT lane strategy altogether, a strategy that was set-in-motion in the second term of Gov. Sonny Perdue’s Administration. (Gov. Deal admittedly is not all that crazy about using HOT Lanes as a way to relieve congestion and is even less crazy about the 50, 60, 70-year contracts can arise out of public-private partnerships which is why he cancelled the I-75/575 NW HOT lane project.) There is also talk of the state using the TSPLOST funds currently marked for the Midtown-to-Cumberland light rail to instead build the I-75/575 HOT lanes as a publicly funded project in which increased commuter bus service would be operated in the HOT lanes. It’s a situation that is fairly fluid right now as to just how exactly Cobb’s revenues from the T-SPLOST would be used to relieve traffic.
Anonymous: I hold out hope that if the Republicans in the Cobb delegation can come to broad agreement, and sell it to others in the region, that some sort of legislation amending the TIA is still possible.
(This comes down to the political reality under the Gold Dome: a majority of legislators voted for the TIA that now provides oodles of local projects for their districts. Cobb has little or no clout since it can be outvoted by the other nine counties in the TSPLOST region.)