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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Athens commissioners talk transit with state officials

From the Flagpole:
Four Athens-area state legislators met with Athens-Clarke County (ACC) Commissioners Nov. 11 to hear the commission’s wish list for items of local interest they’d like the legislature to act on.
All the legislators seemed sympathetic to the county’s desire for a sales tax (subject to voter approval) to fund public transportation, and Mayor Davison said she expects the Legislature to approve some such option this year.
[State Representative Bob] Smith also seemed to have gotten religion about passenger rail. “We created the rail in America, and now we’re lagging in it,” he said, citing “bullet trains” that run in Europe and Japan. A “Brain Train” to Atlanta that runs only 55 miles per hour? “It’d be nice,” Smith said, “but 210’s nicer.”

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