Chamber undecided on transit options
February 06, 2014 12:00 AM | 463 views | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

The front page article in Sunday’s Marietta Daily Journal on “Alternate Routes” was an excellent summary of some of the non-traditional transportation options being considered for Cobb County’s future transit needs. I do want to make clear, however, that I have not yet made my mind up — nor has the Cobb Chamber taken a position — to support a motorized or bus rapid transit option.

As the article correctly notes, I said in a prior MDJ interview that such a system may provide “value,” especially when compared to the significant cost of heavy or light rail.

Last year, following a community tour of Cleveland’s rapid transit system, it was clear that non-rail rapid transit is an economical and flexible option.

Nonetheless, we have more homework to do before making a decision as to whether to support such a proposal. We look forward to learning more about the cost, feasibility, funding and other considerations that will affect the Chamber’s ultimate position.

Non-rail transit remains a promising option — but one of many transportation improvement projects — that should be considered if our County’s political leaders decide to propose an extension of the current SPLOST.

The members of the Cobb Chamber and others with whom we partner can be assured that there is no preconceived position regarding any aspect of a possible SPLOST extension.

The only certainties at this time are that our County’s Chamber will be an active participant with the goal of insuring that any SPLOST proposal contains practical, effective and cost-efficient solutions.

Ben Mathis

Chairman

Cobb Chamber of Commerce
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