Monday, April 28, 2008

Atlanta to impose 1% tax for transit

If the state can't do it, then why not do it yourself. This article explains that a 1% increase in sales tax that would go to transit is a popular idea in the area.

Motorists in metro Atlanta aren't just venting about the nation's second worst commute. They're willing to pay more at the cash register for buses and trains that could help alleviate it, according to an 11-county survey released today.

Asked if they would support a 1 percent sales tax to fund a specific lists of transportation projects, including rail and bus service, 58 percent of respondents said 'yes.' That support held across the region, from inner counties such as DeKalb and Fulton to the suburbs of Henry and Fayette, the survey found. And it cut across gender, race, age and income level as well.

I think it is great that Atlanta is not wainting for the state to act to help with congestion and transit problems. As congestion pricing in NYC proved, what is good for the metro region is not always perceived as good for the state.

No comments: