By Michael Mumper
The Atlanta Journal Constitution did a wonderful job of compiling “for” and “against” educated opinions on the TSPLOST, and even went so bold as to organizationally endorse the TSPLOST. Read their arguments, and others, here.
Here’s ATL Crossroads’ summary of the pro’s and con’s of TSPLOST, and in the end why I’m voting “yes”.
“Yes” arguments summarized
- Status quo is unacceptable: our traffic commutes are among the nation’s worst and Georgia’s current transportation investment level of 49th among states shows no commitment for improvement. People and businesses outside our state see this and – knowing our population is projected to grow considerably higher – won’t bring their dollar or their job-creating business here. They’ll go elsewhere.
- It has been forecasted that TSPLOST will create and support 200,000 job-years between now and 2040.
- Environmental benefits of fewer cars, less smog and more bike/walk path will be achieved.
- Atlanta and Georgia have built their history being bold and innovative, and the citizens believe in that approach.