Commission chairman Tim Lee desires to drop transit from the county's project list for I-75/I-575 congestion relief.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Top Cobb officials announced Tuesday they want to "significantly" redirect potential TSPLOST funding for a proposed light rail station in the Cumberland area and construct reversible toll lanes in the Interstate 75/575 corridor. The proposal by Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee, Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews, members of the Cobb legislative delegation and officials with the Atlanta Regional Roundtable backing next summer's TSPLOST effort comes a month after the Georgia Department of Transportation dropped plans for reversible lanes at the behest of Gov. Nathan Deal. Deal said he was uncomfortable that a private company would be managing the $1 billion toll lane system, which includes 18 miles along I-75 in Cobb and 11 miles of I-575 in …
The Cobb Commission Chairman said Wednesday "the ball's in the state's court" regarding legislation to add I-75/575 toll lane project to July referendum.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee on Wednesday continued pushing for a major TSPLOST change -- and the legislation that would be required to make it happen -- even with the odds stacked against him. Speaking before the East Cobb Civic Association, Lee repeated his calls for a legislation that would permit alterations to the project list for the TSPLOST -- July's regional transportation sales tax referendum -- in the event of an unrelated decision by the state that could impact local transportation plans. (see accompanying video clip) On Tuesday, Lee and other Cobb officials announced their wishes for such legislation at the state capitol in response to a December decision by Gov. Nathan Deal to cancel plans to build reversible toll lanes …