Brain Train debate yesterday.

Here’s a clip from Lawmakers of some comments about the proposed ‘Brain Trian’ by Rep. Steve Davis and Rep. Clay Cox. The ‘Brain Train’ would run through Cox’s district.

10 comments

  1. TM2000 says:

    With the hat and with him citing Thomas the Tank Engine and the Little Engine that could he really knows how to make an ass of himself. Henry County voters should consider his manner the next time they go to the polls and decide if a man of this level is really capable of being a decent and honest representative.

  2. As a Railroad Conductor in a previous incarnation; i’ll have to note that Rep Davis did a fine immitation of many of my previous, distinguished peers and a grave disservice to others.

    all aboard,
    todos a bordo,
    tous a’ bord,
    tutti a bordo,
    allen an boord,
    alle an bord,

    Victor at Georgia Improper
    -Georgia’s choice for the future Conductor of the Brain Train…

  3. TM2000 says:

    Victor, why did you previously post a link to your myspace page? I wanted to ask you back when you did but it slipped my mind.

  4. Flatpickpaul says:

    Mr. Davis – for the fifth time in the past month, here are some FACTS ABOUT COMMUTER RAIL:

     Public Support – Reliable polling from 2006 indicates voter support for the Brain Train in Gwinnett, Barrow, Oconee and Athens-Clarke counties exceeds 70 percent.

     Ridership –Regional comparables – the Virginia Railway Express’ average daily ridership has exceeded 28,000 in less than nine years in service. METRA service in Chicago tops 1.6 million riders weekly and 82 million annually. GDOT projects a total of 8,000 trips per day on this line by 2015. Regional comparables, along with continuously worsening congestion, suggest this number will be higher.

     Capacity and Cost – According to the 2005 GDOT Atlanta to Athens Fact Sheet, the Brain Train would cost approximately $300 million less than the equivalent capacity in new highways and divert 1,800,000 drivers from the corridor’s roads by 2025. The same fact sheet states that commuter rail between Atlanta and Athens creates $65 million annually in time savings for remaining road users.

     According to the ARC’s approved Transportation Improvement Plan, the average cost per lane mile of improving Interstate Highways in Metro Atlanta is $18.19 million. One mile of commuter rail track – which can operate in both AM and PM directions – costs $5.32 million.

     AAA estimates the average cost to operate a private automobile at 52.2 cents per mile – a very conservative estimate. A round trip commute from Lawrenceville to Atlanta and back (64 miles) costs $33.41.

     Safety – A July 1, 2005 federal study showed that a person riding a commuter train is 25 times safer than a person riding in an automobile. The GDOT fact sheet on the Atlanta to Athens line states this service would prevent two traffic deaths every three years and 33 fewer injuries per year.

     Economic Development – A 1999 Texas case study found that within five years of the opening of Dallas’ new commuter rail line, private businesses invested over $1 billion near the line’s rail stations. The same study found that for each 1% of regional travel shifted from automobile to public transit increases regional income by $2.9 million, resulting in 226 additional regional jobs.

  5. TM2K,

    Not to digress on the topic but nobody around here asks “Why” and it’s almost downright improper. Use “that word” at the Georgia Ethics Commission. Let’s please don’t tick adam and erick off by starting a trend. We’re walking on Hawk eggshells around here and too high up to make a mis-step.

    In the notsomeantime please feel free to
    entertain yourself at:

    http://www.myspace.com/georgiaimproper

    and

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/georgiaimproper

    There are some pics of the Norfolk Southern Railroad Yard and Terminal Station from atop the tallest building in downtown Macon that may help answer your question.

    Thanks for asking but next time maybe start with who, what, when, where, how and by the time you get to Why, you’ll already know the answer.

    your friendly inquisitor,
    Victor at Georgia Improper

  6. http://www.ajc.com/opinion/content/printedition/2007/02/16/eddot0216.html

    Vote openly for DOT board members. With veiled balloting, state lawmakers fail Georgia residents

    By Lyle V. Harris
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    Published on: 02/16/07

    EXCERPTS:

    “When it comes time to vote for members of the state Department of Transportation board, many Georgia lawmakers believe what their constituents don’t know won’t hurt them.

    By law, every other vote taken as part of a legislator’s official duty is cast in the open and a matter of public record. But the veiled balloting that has historically surrounded selection of DOT board members is an anachronism that defies common sense and is an insult to the principles of transparent government.

    Unfortunately, there is some truth to that presumption. DOT is a $2 billion bureaucracy that has too often operated under a spoils system beholden to well-connected special interests at the expense of finding transportation solutions that serve the greater good.

    That’s why it’s so important for the public to know who their lawmakers voted for, and exactly where those candidates stand on transportation issues.

    The current cult of secrecy makes it nearly impossible for Georgians to hold transportation officials accountable for important decisions affecting their daily lives. In effect, their elected officials are telling them that it’s none of their business.
    —- Lyle V. Harris, for the editorial board”

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