Friday, June 25, 2010

The Economist examines Georgia's 2012 transportation tax

Posted By on Fri, Jun 25, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Traffic in Atlanta is not always hellish, but mostly it is.
  • Joeff Davis
  • Traffic in Atlanta is not always hellish, but mostly it is.

You gotta love those cheeky bastards at The Economist, the excellent U.K. "newspaper" read by politicians, policy wonks and dictators, for starting an article about Georgia's possible transportation tax with this lede:

CONTRARY to popular belief, traffic in Atlanta is not always hellish. There are a good few days each year when it is merely purgatorial.

Oh, don't be daft, my boys! The unnamed author wisely notes some of the bill's downsides, including this one:

Still, some worry that the regional focus will make statewide projects more difficult: building a rail link between Atlanta and Savannah, for instance, could require the co-operation of rural areas with little connection to either city.

Not to mention that the tax, which voters will decide in 2012, is still a long way from doing anything to fix our mobility woes. But it gave state lawmakers up for re-election some political cover, so that's a bonus, yes?

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