MARTA Employees have not had a pay raise in almost seven years, where is that money coming from?
Look at the ceiling and general condition of The Art Center Station, pay close attention to the ceiling ! OMG !
Look at the floor tiles of The Garnett Station, Unbelievable the condition! Millions upon millions of repairs needed right now at MARTA rail stations!!!
The State of Georgia has never contributed one dime to MARTA = Only State in the Country to not support it’s Public Transit! Thank you Bubba! And this bill is not the answer?
The additional taxes will force certian merchants to move out of the higher taxed counties, just as many stores did when DeKalb and Fulton voted in MARTA years ago.
The State of Georgia has always wanted to grab up a “busted n broke” MARTA !
The US DOT should punish the State of Georgia and take transportation funding right off the top of any Federal Monies for Georgia and give it to MARTA !
– JerryMyer Jackson Jr.
DeKalb County will loss over $560 million on TSPLOST which is over 45% of the money invested in the Transportation Investment Act.
Please update the information above with the following because the 10 counties will actually experience a loss in return on investment:
- Cherokee County with a negative loss of 4%.
- Clayton County with a negative loss of 18%.
- Cobb County with a negative loss of 75%.
- DeKalb County with a negative loss of 45%.
- Douglas County with a negative loss of 41%.
- Fayette County with a negative loss of 17%.
- Fulton County with a negative loss of 25%.
- Gwinnett County with a negative loss of 20.6%.
- Henry County with a negative loss of 6%.
- Rockdale County with a negative loss of 28%.
The TSPLOST will delivery a negative loss for the ten counties of District 3. The one winner is the City of Atlanta.
Remember, the TSPLOST problem will simply generate profits for the politically connected. Taxpayers & Voters deserve a viable solution.
– Viola Davis
I looked at the information provided by the ARC. In your math, you excluded the investments partially in DeKalb (totaling over $1.3 million dollars). It’s fair to say a large percentage of that will be in DeKalb as it includes the Clifton Corridor Rail and Network upgrades). You can’t make a definitive statement about the ROI for DeKalb unless you also factor those projects also.
Please view the TIA Return on Investment documentation provided by Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) at http://www.scribd.com/doc/92194885/Transportation-Investment-Act-Return-on-Investment-for-County-City.
View the money generated within the county and subtract the amount spent entirely within the county. Once again, DeKalb County taxpayers and voters are being asked to pay $10 to receive $5 despite our (DeKalb and Fulton) 30 year investment worth over 6 billion.
The Georgia General Assembly refused to get rid of the 50/50 restriction on MARTA. In other words, DeKalb and Fulton County can’t even control the money collected within their counties.
Do you honestly believe the politicians are going to invest additional money to extend MARTA into South DeKalb or care about our economic development?
We need an additional rally cry, “Get rid of 50/50 restriction on MARTA or vote “no” for TSPLOST.
It is written in the law (TSPLOST) that no money can be used for MARTA operation and maintenance. Remember, this was written only for MARTA.
If MARTA did not get the money through the “back door” called state of good repair, MARTA would not receive a dime!
The other bus systems throughout Georgia are allowed to use TSPLOST for operation and maintenance. Is this fair? When will we stop having to go through the “back door” and/or beg for our fair share of funding?
– Viola Davis
Because your calculations only factored projects that are 100% in DeKalb, it meant you used unsound logic in your original post. And with respect to the “Redistribution of Wealth” you mention, you also excluded the Federal tax dollars needed to help with this project also. Those dollars come from citizens around the country. MARTA could not have been built without the Federal funding.
Funny you mention the Cliff shuttle. As I understand, this was a service provided by Emory, not tax payers.
I focused on funding and projects entirely within DeKalb County. How does concentrating a majority of the funding within the City of Atlanta solve our traffic congestion problem? We must demand a viable solution and removal of the 50/50 Restriction on MARTA.
We must stop the “Redistribution of Wealth” done for years to DeKalb County. This was accomplished with words such as “partially” and “partner”; however, DeKalb County often ends up with the short end of the stick. This system of funding is used in health, environmental, transportation and education.
It takes over an hour to get down I20 East in high volume hours and MARTA continues to cut routes and increase fares. TSPLOST depends on the people who are due to receive little of nothing from the referendum to pass this law (South DeKalb).
The bus system that travels through the Clifton Corridor does not charge a bus fee. This bus system is called the Cliff shuttle. The bus system was “free” for riders when I rode the system. Did you know that?
– Viola Davis