Georgia Sierra Club: Voters Should Say ‘No’ to TSPLOST
The Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club, an environmental nonprofit organization, is encouraging Georgians to vote against the proposed 1 percent transportation sales tax or TSPLOST during the July 31 referendum.
“This project list is primarily a business-as-usual sprawl- inducing road program,” said Georgia chapter director Colleen Kiernan according to a Sierra Club press release. “We support Plan B -- a fix-it-first road strategy and a project list that emphasizes transit expansion and improvement.”
Though the TSPLOST project list does include transit projects, the Sierra Club argues TSPLOST is “first and foremost a road building initiative.”
The Sierra Club maintains the transit projects included in the initiative are “vaguely defined and underfunded.”
“We hope Atlanta can follow the example of Seattle, defeat the current proposal and get right to work on Plan B,” stated Kiernan. “Other funding options that should be considered include restructuring the gas tax, charging more for parking, and an expanded regional transit agency. If our leaders fully embrace transit as the centerpiece of a transformative vision for the region’s future, Atlanta can take its place among other forward-looking metropolitan areas that have positioned themselves for enduring success in the 21st century.”
For more information, visit the Georgia Sierra Club website.
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