Continued push for BRT will hurt SPLOST, Deal
August 20, 2014 09:47 PM | 1538 views | 2 2 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print

According to Tuesday’s Around Town column, state DOT engineers are proceeding with preliminary work on a possible Bus Rapid Transit system down the Cobb Parkway corridor, even though the controversial proposal has been pulled off the upcoming Nov. 4 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax ballot by Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee.

“We have some scoping under way on Highway 41 (Cobb Parkway), to understand what opportunities there are to make improvements along 41 and so they don’t preclude a future BRT, in terms of building bypasses and that kind of thing,” state DOT Commissioner Keith Golden told the MDJ editorial board last week.

Commissioner Golden obviously knows little of what he speaks when discussing transit for Cobb County. A few brief facts:

For many good reasons, the taxpayers of Cobb do not want a fixed guideway transit system, regardless of cost and regardless of who pushes for it.

The driving patterns of most Cobb residents are unpredictably varied. There aren’t any major point-to-point routes with sufficiently high vehicle volume that would warrant a fixed guideway type of system.

Cobb does need to expand its transit services, especially improving local coverage which will entail numerous forms of vehicles operating over a large geography.

Demand for transit service should guide our planners in their effort to design flexible and cost-effective transit systems. The aspirations of low-information bureaucrats need to be taken lightly.

Cobb’s DOT knows how to improve traffic flow without a fixed-guideway transit system. There are many approaches, mostly intersection improvements and traffic management techniques that will solve most of our problems.

The CDOT folks know how to do this. They also know how to expand and improve our existing CCT services. We don’t need Golden’s interference.

Finally, Commissioner Golden needs to realize that his meddling with the BRT issue in Cobb is very annoying to many Cobb voters and will not help Gov. Nathan Deal’s re-election.

Further, use of taxpayer money for more study of the matter will infuriate the folks who already oppose the proposed SPLOST and will only incite them to campaign harder against it.

David Welden

West Cobb

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August 21, 2014
The Cobb Bus System has changed Cobb and not for the better.

The last road improvement in East Cobb of Significance was the work on Johnson Ferry Road.

Hwy 41 would be a lot better without those moving roadblocks, known as Cobb Transit.

West Cobb still needs some help. Some day, this East Cobber will make sense of all those "Due West" Roads... very confusing.

The Extension of Barrett Pkwy to West Cobb has been great for this confused ECer

The Braves will be one more minus to the Cobb that I chose in the 70s.

If voting against the SPLOST is the only way to stop this questionable progress... so be it.

August 21, 2014
Someone should point out to Mr. Weldon that the route he is discussing is a State Highway. So to say that State DOT Commissioner is meddling in an issue on a route they control is laughable, like the rest of the points he makes in this editorial filled with fantasy.
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