From the Citizens for Progressive Transit March 2012 Newsletter:
The Citizens for Progressive Transit Board of Directors has voted to endorse the Atlanta TSPLOST initiative scheduled to go before voters later this year.
It wasn't an easy decision.
The initiative would establish a 1% sales tax to fund transportation projects across ten Atlanta-area counties, but ever since the project list was adopted last fall, transit advocates have been debating whether the glass is half full or half empty. Remember the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?
In Fulton, DeKalb and Clayton counties, the T-SPLOST initiative is kindly Dr. Jekyll. It would fund vital repairs to keep MARTA's 40-year-old rail system safe and reliable, build a MARTA rail line to Emory University, expand Atlanta streetcar service and restore Clayton County bus service.
In the rest of the Atlanta region, however, the initiative is the evil Mr. Hyde, funding sprawl-inducing road construction and doing very little to expand transit. Do the pros outweigh the cons?
In CfPT's opinion, they do.
Passage of the T-SPLOST initiative would be but a small step toward the World Class Transit system CfPT advocates. But after looking at the benefits and the drawbacks, CfPT has concluded that it would be a step in the right direction.
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