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I Have No Trust Left

Call me skeptical if you wish, but I think the decision has been made to build more HOT lanes.

In today’s column, we pretend we are a fly on the wall down at GDOT when they are trying to figure another way to stick it to the taxpayers. With a recorder going, we hear one of the people say: “I know, we will tell them that by building another lane all the way to the ocean, congestion will be relieved on the Gwinnett Interstate.” Another says, “Oh, no, they would not believe that.” Someone else adds, “I know, let us tell them we will be able to make $100 million by adding a user fee to the lane we build.” Someone asked rather shyly, “Will we really make that much money?” “Of course not, silly,” is the reply, “but the people will believe anything we tell them.” Someone else speaks up with these great words of wisdom, “I know, let us do a lottery prize with the Georgia Lottery where a person gets a life time free ride in the HOT lane on a scratch off ticket.” Laughter fills the room!

I believe you get my point in this little make-believe meeting. Call me skeptical if you wish, but I think the decision has already been made to build more HOT lanes (Highway robbery lanes) and they want us to believe that following a public hearing the decision will be made because people will beg for congestion relief. I agree, the congestion needs be addressed but in a sensible way. Taxpayers (road users) are going to pay for the added lanes to be built. After the lanes are built, they want to add another tax and try to make us believe it will pay for the lane that has already been paid for.

Do you want the toll lanes extended to Hamilton Mill or perhaps beyond? Let us know in the comments.

The . The . That meeting is to be held in the community room of the Braselton Municipal building at 4982 Highway 53, Braselton. You can tell they really want a large crowd of taxpayers to attend the meetings as they are set to begin at 4 p.m. when the majority of the people will still be at work and worried about how they are going to negotiate the rush hour traffic to get home by 7 p.m. when the public hearing will have ended. 

As the meetings have been announced, let us try to make both meetings and see how many people actually show up to speak their mind on this issue. Try to get off from work early one of those days in order to attend the meeting and let the people from GDOT (who promise they are going to listen to the taxpayers opinions on the issue of HOT lanes) know where you stand on the issue.

From where I stand, when GDOT changed HOV to HOT and charged a fee, any trust I had for that agency was gone. 

Follow Ray Newman on Twitter @RayNewmanSr

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Cynthia Montgomery February 26, 2013 at 08:25 PM
I suggest we all wear BLACK as in BLACK ROADS and ASPHALT. The first time they rammed this through, people did not pay attention, this time people will pay attention. I suggest we all put a dollar bill on our back window with the words NO MORE TOLL LANES written across it. We must stand up and make them back down. Please Mr Ray give us the names of those in charge of these decisions and the companies that profited from the current toll roads so we can flood their phone calls and offices with mail and calls to let them know, We might have been asleep last time but we will not allow it this time. It is also time for a citizens slow down in the RICH DITCH lanes. If you have a PEACH PASS and want to earn some good will from your fellow drivers get in the RICH DITCH lanes and drive 50 miles per hour from now until the vote. MAKE is waste of money to turn our already paid for roads into just another tax and pay idea for us citizens. We need a core group to meet and set up a backlash group to STOP them this time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Any takers, I hear Amy LaFeys is a great place to change the world!!!
Fredia Christopher February 26, 2013 at 09:12 PM
They already have their minds made up, we have no more say-so than we had when they forced the current lane on us. It's not helped the commuters..other than provide us with a good laugh when we see it'd cost $6 to drive in the lane for the next 2 miles. And, those who do pay the toll fees for their Peach Pass is paying to use a road we've already paid for. It's all about money, not the tax payer or commuter.
Jimmy Orr February 26, 2013 at 09:44 PM
You betcha, Brother Ray. It's a done deal. Tell you what, since us Baptists are not suppose to bet, if I'm right you treat me to a steak at Longhorn. If I'm wrong, I'll treat you to a steak at Longhorn. I plan on attending the public hearing in Braselton on Thursday, March 28th. It's from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM which translates to a come and go format. You can submit written commnets or there will be a court reporter present to take your statement. You will also be able to obtain an address where you may write to the GDOT and "vent your spleen." If I am not mistaken, there is a GDOT on-line comment line also. Personally, I am of the opinion that the public hearing is simply to meet the requirements as set forth by the FTA. Cynthia, you shouldn't be hard to find since you will be decked out in all black. I close with this. Even though I-85 is about to get much "hotter' so to speak, attend one of the meetings as per Kristi's post last week Failure to do so would place you among the apathatic crowd. Brother Ray, let me know what time frame you will show up as we have a mutual friend who will be coming with me. Me in the company of two Baptist preachers might be a good thing.
Cynthia Montgomery February 26, 2013 at 09:57 PM
Mr. J What time is the Gwinnett Center meeting?
Jimmy Orr February 26, 2013 at 11:22 PM
Cynthia, unless there has been a change, the Gwinnett meeting will be held at 4:00 PM in the Gwinnett Center Atrium at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway. I surmise that since the Braselton meeting is from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM that the Gwinnett meeting will be held likewise.

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