EAST COBB — An Atlanta Regional Commission staffer’s presentation on the July 31 regional transportation referendum didn’t make many believers out of an audience of about 30 on Wednesday evening at the East Cobb Library.
The event was held by the East Cobb Civic Association.
Jane Hayse, transportation planning division chief for the Atlanta Regional Commission, gave a presentation on the proposed 10-year tax for transportation projects that would raise the sales tax rate by 1 percent before opening up the floor to questions.
Bobbi Shams of east Cobb asked Hayse who she anticipates using a light rail line in Cobb County.
Hayse said the county is in the process of determining “who is the market, using transit, particularly along Highway 41 going all the way up Kennesaw State. There’s a lot of students between Kennesaw State and Southern Poly that are possible candidates, a lot of redevelopment going on in those areas.”
Shams also asked Hayse if she believed a Cobb-financed rail line was really meant to serve Fulton County residents.
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“Are we creating pockets and islands of folks who will become increasingly dependent on others for transportation?” said Hooker. “As our population becomes more diverse, the dominant groups will be younger, less educated and poorer. Are we creating a permanent underclass, increasing social friction?” Doug Hooker
Doug Hooker, president of the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), gave a speech on regionalism at Tuesday’s GreyStone Power luncheon.
Hooker spoke mostly about the concept of governing and making decisions as a region rather than a state or county. Specific focus was given to the July 31 vote on a one-cent regional sales tax for transportation projects, known as the T-SPLOST.
“Regardless of the outcome of the T-SPLOST vote, we should not overlook the significance of the moment,” said the Georgia Tech and Emory University graduate. “The very act of having a regional vote is extremely significant.”