T-SPLOST and the nonexistent Plan B for transportation in Georgia

I really don’t see how we get through this political dysfunction until a much larger percentage of voters understands that there simply isn’t money to address the very real transportation needs that we face.

Higher matching fees kicking in for counties that rejected TSPLOST

The higher match forces local governments to be more deliberative and accountable. It enforces a basic conservative principle of local responsibility in the generally more conservative regions that rejected TSPLOST. And it continues a discounted rate in areas where citizens have shouldered higher sales tax rates.

Let’s hope public gets behind plan for safer bridges on road to Tybee

We need safer bridges on the road to Tybee — on US 80 from the Bull River all the way to the other side of Lazaretto Creek. The proposed plan addresses our critical needs.

What does T-SPLOST say about the future of governance?

“Kerry O’Hare, director of policy at Building America’s Future, is skeptical of Atlanta-area voters who raised questions about accountability. She says it would be difficult to imagine getting a more detailed list of projects than what was released by the regional districts.”

T-SPLOST failures prompt “credit negative” warning from Moody’s

“The defeat of the transportation sales tax vote in metro Atlanta and eight other regions of the state won’t result in an immediate downgrading of credit – but could result in one when the state or local governments go bond-shopping in the future.”

A few final thoughts on T-SPLOST

Do Savannah area voters who soundly rejected T-SPLOST realize just how little state money we’re likely to get in coming years for new road construction, modifications for safety and efficiency, transit, and various other categories of transportation spending?

AJC: Why 3 Georgia regions voted for T-SPLOST

Three Georgia regions voted in favor of the additional one percent sales tax for transportation infrastructure on Tuesday — the Central Savannah River Area District around Augusta, the River Valley District including Columbus, and the Heart of Georgia Altamaha District in south central Georgia.

What’s next after the Coastal Region defeats T-SPLOST?

Down here on the coast, we don’t have the transportation problems that Atlanta has, for sure, but we have some much-wanted projects that need a lot of funding. So what happens now?

T-SPLOST getting hammered in Atlanta region by almost 2 to 1

Coastal Georgia T-SPLOST vote as of 10:30 p.m.

T-SPLOST apparently headed for loss in Coastal Georgia

UPDATE: T-SPLOST was soundly defeated in the 10-county Coastal Region.

Predicting the T-SPLOST vote

I’ll go out on a limb and make a couple of predictions: T-SPLOST will get 55 percent of the vote here in Chatham County, but will get only 46 percent of the vote in our region.

AJC: Transportation in Atlanta vs. Portland

“he dominant reason, according to one narrative prevalent among city planners, is that young folks gravitate to high-energy, walkable, eclectic neighborhoods where they don’t need cars — and that projects like Portland’s streetcar help create those neighborhoods.”