Now that T-SPLOST is dead, what's next? - CBS46 News

Now that T-SPLOST is dead, what's next?

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A day after voters resoundingly rejected a controversial transportation tax, congested roads around metro Atlanta remain major problems

People for and against the ill-fated tax known as T-SPLOST agree something needs to be done about the sometimes nightmarish traffic.

The tough question is: what do supporters and opponents propose in place of the tax?

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said the fight to break up traffic gridlock and improve metro Atlanta's transportation systems is not over.

"You've got to listen much harder, much more intensely," Reed said. "What we need now is a bigger table, a bigger table for our friends who disagreed with us on this occasion."

A coalition of unlikely allies, including the tea party, the NAACP and the Sierra Club organized to deliver a lopsided defeat to T-SPLOST during Tuesday's primary.

T-SPLOST opponents said they have an alternate proposal.

"We're going to continue to work on solutions we can agree on, present it to the people," said Debbie Dooley, an organizer with the tea party.

The tea party tapped into the public's distaste for a tax hike in a tough economy and distrust of government to kill the plan that would have raised metro Atlanta's sales tax by one penny on the dollar.

Dooley said she wants to see transportation decisions in the hands of the people along with county and local officials, not the state.

"Push for a constitutional amendment to determine which counties want to go into partnership with for their transportation needs," Dooley said.

Dooley's coalition also supports staggered work hours to ease congestion and parking fees at MARTA stations to fund road and rail projects.

Asked if the coalition supported a gasoline tax and tolls, Dooley answered, "We would look at the gas tax. We would not want to raise the gas tax. It would be combined with the taxes and put a lock box on it."

Dooley noted that the tax would only be spent on transportation projects, not channeled into the state's general fund.

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