Like the Macon Hotel deal, this damn train won’t die.
A compromise plan is being floated that could put the star-crossed Lovejoy commuter rail project back on track, two weeks after Clayton County commissioners reneged on a pledge to cover the transit line’s operating costs.
Eldrin Bell, chairman of the Clayton County Commission, now says he wants the annual cost capped, though he won’t offer a figure. State officials estimate the transit line’s operating deficit at $4 million a year. The County Commission had originally agreed to cover the entire deficit, no matter how big.
A cap “will give us a greater sense of what we have to come up with,” Bell said Tuesday.
I had thought it might be a good idea, but considering the reaction of Lovejoy voters, etc., it appears it is not a very popular idea up there, but for some reason the politicians keep pushing it.