The information for this article comes from handouts that the MAVEN organization hands out at meetings. The Cobb DOT did not cooperate in this article (more about them in future articles).
The proponents point out a variety of reasons that the July 31 sales tax referendum should be approved by voters in the 10 county area. They point out that this is a regional approach to the traffic problem and it is better addressed that way.
The project encompass existing and new traffic concerns and projects. For instance, MARTA buses and trains will be expanded within the counties they now serve. The popular GRTA buses will continue from Powder Springs into downtown Atlanta.
There will be a new Light Rail Project operating from Cumberland Mall to the Downtown Art Center. They are discussing extending this into Acworth. Other projects include improved bike paths, traffic light improvements throughout the region, there will be road widening in select areas, and interchange improvements have not been overlooked.
Local Governments are to receive monies to spend on improvements such as buses, sidewalks, bike paths and other traffic connected issues. For instance, Powder Springs is to receive $288,985 per year for improvements, enhancements or new items such as buses. This assumes that Cobb County approves the referendum.
The proponents point out many more reasons to approve this massive project. They say that 90% of Metro Atlanta seniors will, by 2015, have no access to transit. They point out that the gas tax, the primary source of transportation funding, is steadily declining as vehicles improve gas mileage. Therefore, there will be no new monies for new transit projects and just enough to maintain existing roads and transit systems.
The 1% sales tax will stay in effect for ten years. It can be extended if voters approve an extension. The proponents expect that they will receive an infusion of federal monies to get the system moving.
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