Atlanta rush hour traffic is among the worst in the nation. Driving ten miles down the road often takes between thirty minutes and an hour. Our state legislators seem to think that the answer to our traffic woes is to add another lane onto highways every few years, despite decades of experience showing that this does not work as a long-term solution.
The best way to reduce traffic is to reduce the number of cars on the road, and the best way to do that is to expand mass transit. MARTA needs to transition from an Atlanta-centric transit system to a true regional transit system, connecting Cobb, Cherokee, Bartow, Gwinnet, DeKalb, Fulton, Forsyth, Douglas, Paulding, Henry, Clayton, Fayette, and Coweta counties, and so many more. In many areas this can be done by using the existing rail lines – the ones that built the metro Atlanta area back in the 1800s – as passenger and commuter rail lines.
Studies have shown recently that metro Atlanta counties are more ready than ever to expand mass transit, even here in Cobb County. Furthermore, the Cobb County Commission recently approved a resolution asking the state legislature not to grant CSX continued exclusivity on the rail lines in Cobb, specifically stating that they wanted to keep all options available for passenger and commuter rail.
The people are ready. The County is ready. And I am ready to take the fight for regional transit to the Gold Dome and push for a genuine, sustainable, long-term solution to metro Atlanta traffic.