TSPLOST Project List Finalized
Voters will decide next year whether to approve 1 percent sales tax to fund listed road projects.
Earlier today, the Atlanta Regional Transportation Roundtable unanimously approved a $6.14 billion list of transportation investments to be funded by a 10-year, 1 percent sales tax, commonly known as the TSPLOST.
“Members of the Roundtable acted today to put forward a set of 157 key transportation projects to voters next year that can combat congestion, create and support jobs and enhance the quality of life for residents around the 10-county Atlanta region,” said Roundatble Chairman and Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson in a released statement. “This final list of investments will move us forward and make sure the Atlanta region remains competitive well.”
The final list contains projects from the 10-county metro Atlanta region. Roughly half the projects on the list are mass transit projects (see pdf).
Dacula area projects include a bridge upgrade at Dacula Road and Highway 29 and well as the Sugarloaf Parkway extension from Highway 316 to Highway 20 in Buford. Both projects are currently slated for construction between 2016 and 2019.
Several other projects of interest to Dacula area commuters also made the final list. A $33 million interchange at I-85 and Highway 324 made the list, as did a $40 million allocation for Gwinnett’s Express bus service. The list also included a grade separation project at Highway 316 and Harbins Road and a grade separation at Highway 316 and Highway 29.
“Today’s vote marks a major milestone for the metropolitan Atlanta region,” said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed in a press release. “The Roundtable’s action today shows that we as elected officials can work in a collaborative fashion to move our region and state forward to meet the demands of the 21st century. These investments will create jobs, enhance our position as the economic engine of the Southeast and reduce traffic congestion.”
Though presented as a choice for voters, there are penalties if the public fails to approve next year’s TSPLOST referendum. H.B. 277, the Transportation Investment Act, contains penalties for regions that fail to adopt the TSPLOST. If a region adopts the TSPLOST, local governments will only be required to pay 10 percent in matching funds for projects receiving funding from the Georgia Department of Transportation. If the region holds a referendum, but fails to pass the TSPLOST, local governments will be required to post 30 percent in matching funds.
The TSPLOST referendum is currently scheduled as part of the July 31, 2012 primary.
Are the projects on the final list enough to convince you to vote in favor of the TSPLOST? Tell us in the comments.