Cobb transit Project CO-035 for the July 31 TSPLOST referendum defines two possible outcomes, a bus and a train. But it does not say which will be built. CO-035 leaves the selection of train or bus to some unnamed power who will decide after an Alternatives Analysis by hired consultants. That Alternatives Analysis will not be finished until after the election. And then who decides? MARTA? GDOT? GRTA? We don’t know. CO-035 doesn’t say.
The MDJ has quoted officials saying bus rapid transit will be built from Acworth to Arts Center if TSPLOST passes — but where is “bus” guaranteed? Certainly not in the project description we get to vote on this July 31.
Recent statements use the word “could”: “What we could do is still build the bus rapid transit project, but it could be built in a manner where in the future, as funding was available … that project could then be converted or upgraded to a light rail project.” Three “coulds” … and we still don’t know if we are voting for a train or a bus.
CO-035 spends two-thirds of Cobb’s total TSPLOST tax dollars. And it will require additional undefined operating and maintenance taxes after it is built.
We must know who will make this $700 million dollar investment decision! And we must see a definite project description in writing. Vote “NO” on July 31. Plan B will be a lot clearer when it comes back in two years.