Does Johns Creek Need MARTA?
We already have bus service in Johns Creek. Why would we consider increasing our taxes for a service that is barely used?
Recently, Fulton County has been promoting community meetings to present public transportation options. Meetings are scheduled for just a few locations throughout Fulton County. Two are scheduled for the south end of the county (College Park), while the other two are in the north end of the county (Roswell and Alpharetta).
Details of four proposals are available at the link below. A close review of the proposals will reveal that two of the options include bus rapid transit through Johns Creek along Medlock Bridge Road/141.
The county website also includes a survey to gather public input. The survey concludes with a request for the participant to select their first and second choice preferences from among the four options. There is NO choice for NONE OF THE ABOVE. There is also no localization in the survey. Specifically, the choices are county-wide. That means that a survey participant in a part of the county that prefers one of the presented options is necessarily implying that they also prefer the results that are included for another part of the county. There is no control on the survey to limit responses to residents, or to limit the number of responses per person/group.
It is also important to note that EVERY option presented involves an increase in the T-SPLOST (Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax). Fulton and Dekalb counties already pay an extra penny in sales tax to fund MARTA. Any increase in T-SPLOST would be an incremental addition to sales tax in Fulton county.
Johns Creek is already served by a regional bus transportation option - the 408 Gwinnett bus route. For those who have seen those buses traveling along 141, you will have noticed that they are, at best, sparsely used. Why would Johns Creek seek to impose a tax on itself for a service that it already has, clearly doesn't need (based upon current usage), and put further burden on our roads while adding to traffic congestion?