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Here's a list of all 21 members of the Atlanta Regional Transportation Roundtable- the Mayor of Atlanta and a mayor elected from each county by the other mayors, and the chairman of the county commission.

We encourage you to provide them with your opinions on the types of projects you support or oppose, such as highway, bus & rail (like MARTA), bike & pedestrian paths, and aviation.  A complete list of projects is available at the RTR's web site (check out their interactive map- very nicely done).

 

 
Jurisdiction
Member (click to send email)
  Atlanta Kasim Reed
  Cherokee County Buzz Ahrens
  Cherokee – Holly Springs Tim Downing
  Clayton County Eldrin Bell
  Clayton – Lake City Willie Oswalt
  Cobb County Tim Lee
  Cobb – Kennesaw Mark Mathews
  DeKalb County Burrell Ellis (CEO)
  DeKalb – Decatur Bill Floyd
  Douglas County Tom Worthan
  Douglas – Douglasville Mickey Thompson
  Fayette County Herb Frady
  Fayette – Fayetteville Ken Steele
  Fulton County John Eaves
  Fulton – Union City Ralph Moore
  Gwinnett County Charlotte Nash
  Henry County BJ Mathis
  Henry – Locust Grove Lorene Lindsey
  Rockdale County Richard Oden
  Rockdale – Conyers Randy Mills

 

Here're a couple of messages; the first was sent as one email addressed to all members:

 

Commissioners and Mayors,

I and like-minded groups are very concerned about the inclusion of the transit projects on the Unconstrained List that the Executive Board will consider by Aug 15 and that the full RTR will approve by Oct 15th.

Across the USAA and within the Atlanta Special District, government-operated transit has been an economic disaster; witness MARTA's 2010 Annual Report showing a $508m operating loss last year, another $503m in 2009, and similarly devastating losses in prior years.

Can you, in good conscience, realistically even consider an effort to "double down" on the types of economically unsupportable projects that impose such economic burdens on taxpayers?

In Fayette County, we clearly recognize that the approval of transit projects would generate ever more unsustainable O&M costs that would result in re-distribution of all citizens' earnings to transit's few benefactors.

Our groups recognize the need for transportation investments throughout the special district, and support economically viable highway, bike, path, aviation, and fare-supported transit projects.

We are completely unwilling, however, to support additional taxes for projects that are very expensive to construct, operate, & maintain in order to serve a very limited number of people.

Thank you for your public service and efforts to improve GA,

Bob Ross

 
     
 

This message was individually addressed to each official:

Mayor Reed,

I am an involved citizen of Fayette County who takes his summer, 2012 TIA 1c sales tax vote seriously. To that end I have read the Act, reviewed project lists, and attended RTR meetings and related public forums.

For the reasons below, I respectfully request that transit projects whose 30-year fare recoveries do not meet or exceed their construction, operations, and maintenance costs be deleted from the Constrained Draft Investment List and the Final Investment List.

After examining the very high construction, operations, and maintenance costs of transit projects vs their benefits to rso very few relative numbers of riders, I can only conclude that there is no business case whatsoever for taxpayer-funded bus and rail transit in our 10-county Special District.

Since these systems do very little to reduce auto use, they also have a negligible effect on:
- Mitigating highway traffic congestion
- Improving air quality (GA EPD records show downward pollution trends since '99, even in the face of considerable metro population growth, an increased number of car & truck registrations, and flat MARTA rail ridership during the same period)
- Reducing gasoline use (GA has trended down since 2005, even in the face of an increased number of car & truck registrations during the same period)

Taxpayer-funded transit clearly fails to meet the criteria for serving the general welfare, but does benefit select interests:
- Riders would benefit through fares that are heavily subsidized by government-enforced re-distribution of money from citizens' home budgets to transit
- Rail & bus equipment manufacturers would benefit significantly, as would architectural & design firms and banks handling the large sums collected and paid out during construction & operation
- Businesses that rely on subsidized transit to carry employees to work can pocket the increased wages they'd otherwise pay to employees so they could afford the fare costs necessary to sustain transit.
- Union employees in construction and transit operations & maintenance benefit from concessions achieved through federally-required collective bargaining
- Elected officials who receive campaign finance and voter support from the above groups

Concurrent with eliminating transit projects whose fares do not cover their expenses, I urge you to promote programs that assist current transit riders and that are not/are much less dependent on taxpayer subsidies:
- Encourage employers to pay wages that cover transit costs, rather than passing that differential to taxpayers
- Campaign to promote social & family values that esteem education and economically viable skills, so citizens could afford their transportation costs.
- Emulate programs at companies such as Microsoft and Schering-Plough, who operate their own bus & van lines - Incentivize development of work centers throughout the metro area (which has experienced all our growth over the past decade) instead of charging taxpayers ever increasing transit dollars to move relatively few people along capacity corridors to a few centralized work centers

Thank you for tackling the challenging work ahead,

Bob Ross

 

 

 

 


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