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Roundup of TSPLOST Articles

The New York Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Atlanta magazine weigh in on the referendum.

Here's what some publications are saying about the July 31 regional transportation referendum, known as TSPLOST (for transportation special purpose local option sales tax).

The New York Times: For Transit Relief, Congested Atlanta Considers a Penny Tax.

“Everybody’s in agreement that we have to do something about it, but are they just going to put a Band-Aid over it again or will it really be a solution and a serious change in infrastructure?” asked Ayla Crippen, 34, who works in sales for an online marketing company and relies on her car.

She has two young children and battles a daily 45-minute commute between her job in Sandy Springs and her home in Decatur. The few times she has tried to use public transportation to commute it was a scheduling nightmare and an uncomfortable experience, she said.

Still, she is willing to consider a penny increase in the sales tax if it might actually do some good.

“Everyone suffers from the traffic here,” she said. “Everyone. This can’t go on.”

AJC: Transportation vote: Game-changer or economic boondoggle?

Business leaders argue that the referendum is a game-changer on the same scale of the airport, and that a rejection could send Atlanta tumbling from a national heavyweight to just another regional also-ran.

On the opposing side, critics of the plan warn that Atlanta is on the cusp of an epic, taxpayer-funded boondoggle.

The reality, according to analysts who assess cities’ competitiveness, is more nuanced. In general, they say that failing to pass the referendum won’t burnish Atlanta’s national cred, but neither will it be a doomsday scenario.

“It won’t make or break Atlanta. But it will put a dent in its armor. It will costs jobs. How many? I’m not sure,” said Dennis Donovan, a site relocation consultant based in New Jersey.

Atlanta Magazine: Day of Reckoning: TSPLOST

The road leading up to the July 31 transportation tax referendum, commonly known as the TSPLOST, has been about as harmonious as a Friday afternoon ride on the Downtown Connector. Recent polls show an electorate bitterly divided over the proposed ten-year, 1 percent sales tax—even though its backers swear the measure is our last chance to keep Atlanta traffic from being a perpetual punch line.

At stake in the ten-county Atlanta region is a $6.14 billion list of 157 roadway and transit projects staggering in its specificity and transformative potential.

Ms. July 17, 2012 at 01:24 PM
I hope you don't mind if I add one. Public ‘in the dark’ on T-SPLOST $1B http://www.ajc.com/news/transportation-referendum/public-in-the-dark-1459227.html Ralph- Do you know if any "real" estimates (not from special interest groups but maybe a University) has been able to show estimated costs per person, or household based on spending over the course of the SPLOST? I think people would be able to make a better decision, if they saw how this actually affected them.
Ralph Ellis July 17, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Dear Ms., I don't know of any estimates from disinterested parties. Let me look around and please feel free to do the same. And thanks for adding the link. The more the merrier. RE
Joe_Harris July 17, 2012 at 08:01 PM
The passage of this referendum will definitely improve my quality of life. Reducing congestion and increasing mobility options around the city are options that a city as big as Atlanta deserves.
bulldogger July 20, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Joe_Harris, I hate to tell you buddy, but you ain't gonna see many results (if in fact, any) if this referendum passes.....this is nothing more than the GADOT trying to save their empire. Joe, WAKE UP......YOU'RE DREAMIN' AGAIN.

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