This TSPLOST seems to be only about traffic two times a day. Morning workers going to downtown Atlanta and afternoon workers coming from Atlanta. What about everybody else?
Rail lines are forever. They segregate parts of town much like a river. Like a river they create bottlenecks to get to and across a bridge or tunnel. Forcing the funneling of cross traffic adds increased frustration, time and cost to operate your car. Of course you can stay home and forget what’s on the other side of the tracks.
Construction of rail lines seems to be proposed only for already high density traffic areas. The construction exacerbates the existing traffic problem for years until finished.
Trains are linked buses. Buses are 40 feet in length and when a route has a heavy need you add more for the time needed and park them when they’re not needed. Trains have to drag empty cars around all of the time. Bus lines can be created or eliminated with buses increased or decreased as ridership demands.
If we can be prudent with our costs and effects we will have more funds for additional projects. The affect on all of us is tremendous and for many years.