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Tagged With: Ron Sifen

Cobb could save billion on buses by dodging BRT

By Ron Sifen Does Cobb County need to figure out how to spend $1 billion? Or should Cobb opt for a $2 million alternative, and save taxpayers the other $998 million?  When government spends money, taxpayers need to ask some questions.

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With TSPLOST in rearview mirror, it’s time for ‘Plan B’

By Ron Sifen The Georgia Public Policy Foundation has produced an outstanding “Plan B” transportation plan. It was developed by transportation professionals to cost-effectively address our real transportation needs. One of the major reasons why the TSPLOST failed is because many voters understood that the projects list squandered most of the money on projects that … Continue reading »

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Surprise: Penalty is ZERO for TSPLOST failure

By Ron Sifen Most people agree that one of the reasons that the TSPLOST failed was because government lost the trust of voters. TSPLOST supporters want to believe that all of the distrust is only because of the Ga. 400 toll debacle. They refuse to admit that voters figured out that most of the money … Continue reading »

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Cobb plan for $3 million study in wake of TSPLOST loss is just plain wrong

By Ron Sifen Voters in Cobb County and the entire Atlanta region have spoken and delivered the following clear message.  It is not the job of government to invent boondoggles on which to spend our money, and then increase our taxes to pay for boondoggles. Many groups did a great job of putting together factual … Continue reading »

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The T-SPLOST – Passage will obstruct progress

By Ron Sifen The TSPLOST was supposed to be about reducing traffic congestion. The Atlanta Regional Commission has conceded that the TSPLOST projects list will do little to reduce regional commute times. The ARC says they are defining “alleviating traffic congestion” as meaning increasing the number of people who can reach a point in the … Continue reading »

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TSPLOST hurt, not helped, by consultant’s ‘race’ talk

By Ron Sifen TSPLOST supporters have brought in a Washington, D.C. developer, Chris Leinberger, who is also a consultant on urbanism and smart growth, to race-bait the TSPLOST. Leinberger told the Cumberland Area Community Improvement District board last week that “MARTA really stands for ‘Moving African Americans Rapidly Through Atlanta.’ You’ve racialized it. The white … Continue reading »

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Express buses cheaper, more effective than rail or BRT, but DOT study only gives them lip service

By Ron Sifen Last week, Cobb DOT presented its interim report on the Connect Cobb – Northwest Transit Corridor Alternatives Analysis. I have been talking about huge cost differentials for different kinds of transit for a long time. This report confirms how extreme these differentials are. (Please note that Cobb presented national averages, and not … Continue reading »

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TSPLOST-related transit study seems aimed at avoiding inconvenient results

By Ron Sifen If the TSPLOST is approved, and after the projects are built, will you have a shorter commute time? The ARC recently admitted that the answer is NO. Instead, the ARC says that “alleviating traffic congestion” is defined as increasing the number of people who can hypothetically reach a given point within 45 … Continue reading »

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TSPLOST vote offers the path of proven failure

By Ron Sifen In the last few days, several pro-TSPLOST advocates have challenged me regarding my opposition to the Cobb light rail project. One emphatically defended the Cobb light rail project. Another emphatically denied that the Cobb light rail project is on the TSPLOST projects list. Hmmm. Let’s take a closer look at this “phantom” … Continue reading »

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