George Turner: Yes
The T-SPLOST proposal is not ideal, and I am sure it will never be ideal when it comes to satisfying everyone. Three of the biggest missing pieces with MARTA over the last 40 years have been zero support from Gwinnett, Cobb and Clayton, who are some of the prime users of MARTA. This proposal can bring those players to the table and link not only the five original MARTA referendum counties, but it also targets five other key counties.
Although I live in southeast DeKalb, I have a need to access the entire metro area on a regular basis. We can debate the equity of the distribution of projects forever. Meanwhile, we should not miss out on job opportunities and regional growth. I don’t know if we can afford to wait on Plan B if this plan is bypassed.
I will be voting YES.
Bill E. Leavell: Yes
Because I’m counting on our elected officials to do their jobs and get the legislation needed to get the best job done as in rail to Stonecrest and other much needed help for MARTA! Our traffic on any given day in South DeKalb is ridiculous.
Akbar Imhotep: Yes
Yes, I’m voting for the penny sales tax and encouraging everyone who drives and/or uses public transit to support it as well. I drive and I often ride MARTA, so I would be served by improvements in either area.
Many of the challenges we face today could have been avoided had more people taken a look at the big picture 30-40 years ago. They did not. Let us not make the same mistake this year and 40 years from now, our descendants look back and wish we had done things differently today.
Bunnie Jackson-Ransom: Yes
I see the value in the project.
Byron Merritt: Yes
We rise or fall as a region. The package will provide for the engineering plans for the heavy rail to Stonecrest, moving us closer. The alternative seems to be a step backward.
Let’s cooperate and go forward.
Ernest Holsendolph: Yes
I will vote for the transportation referendum! I learned with public transportation, you never, not ever, get exactly what you want. You just have to keep nibbling. That actually is the history of public transportation.
And yes, the extension of rail from Indian Creek to Stonecrest is logical and necessary, so we must keep plugging away. But we will not get there by boycotting T-SPLOST!