Friday, October 07, 2011

The Long Suffering Of Gwinnett County

4 days.

Practically every year, MARTA and Grady step before the government of the great state of Georgia, hat in hand, and beg for a few crumbs to stave off fiscal starvation. They are met with tut-tuts, accusations of poor management and disdain for their very existence. Usually, they leave with an empty hat.

After four days of suffering the indignity and inconvenience of the HOT lanes, Governor Deal heard the terrible cries of the Gwinnett commuters and not only promised reduced tolls but pledged to ask for a waiver to kill the occupancy requirements which are key to the programs success.

At least we now know the weak member of the pack. We will have no problem identifying who to cut loose when the lions come.


rptrcub said...

Perhaps it's time we consider a checkpoint at the DeKalb/Gwinnett border.

Dave Bearse said...

It's all over if the lane is returned to 2+ HOV. There will be very little lane capacity to sell.

The results? Net annual operating losses in the millions to subsidize a few thousand daily single occupancy vehicle tollpayers. At 3,000 tollpayers a day, a $3,000,0000 net annual operating loss is $1,000 a tollpayer a year. Spread the $60,000,000 installation cost over 30 years, and that's another $667 per tollpayer per year. Over a 30 year project service life, that's $50,000 per tollpayer.