Cobb County’s Transit Summit

Yesterday the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce hosted a summit titled the Metro Atlanta Northern Crescent Transit Summit. It was attended by most of the chambers of commerce and CIDs in the northern burbs, including North Fulton’s. Speakers from North Fulton included Brandon Beach and Johns Creek mayor Mike Bodker. The event doesn’t seem to be making a lot of news in Alpharetta.

I don’t have time to go into a full analysis of the event except to make a few points. First, Bodker continues to preach the virtues of transit in north Fulton and the dramatic land use changes that must first happen to make it a reality. Blogger Jimmy Gilvin has written on this topic before. The urbanization that must happen doesn’t take place in his city. How convenient.

Secondly, former Charlotte mayor Pat McCrory was a keynote speaker at this event. He discussed his city’s light rail system, called LYNX, which was put into place a few years ago. It is being heralded as a huge success, something that could pull jobs away from metro Atlanta. I see no mention in the press of the massive cost overruns the Charlotte project experienced or other criticisms of the system.

I also like the quotes from MARTA General Manager Beverly Scott in this article. She is absolutely giddy excited about bringing MARTA to the northern burbs of Atlanta. It is being heralded as “unprecedented” and “ground-breaking.”

Remember, MARTA will never come to Alpharetta. It won’t happen in our lifetimes. The river will block it. Suggesting that the urbanization of Alpharetta will attract MARTA is a conspiracy theory. All this is true, right?

Update: I found this article in the Marietta Daily Journal. It seems that taxpayer advocate Lance Lamberton, who spoke out against the plan, was forced to leave the event. That’s a great way to deal with criticisms of your plan. Kudos to the Daily Journal for printing this.

3 Responses to “Cobb County’s Transit Summit”

  1. Greg June 9, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    I said Marta won’t come to Alpharetta in the next twenty years, no matter what urbanization takes place. I’m still willing to bet you on that. And, again, that’s coming from someone who actually wants it.

    Personally, while Marta may be encouraging the large projects, I think the real motivation for city council members is to get more and more revenue – into the city coffers, but more importantly into their campaign accounts. Money talks.

  2. GA Jim June 9, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    Thanks for the link Lee. Great article and the piece about a transit advocate throwing a taxpayer advocate out of the meeting says all we need to know about what is going on here.

  3. Mike June 9, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

    Greg,

    I agree with your assessment of the MARTA timing, however your assessment of motivation is incorrect.

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