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Cobb County leaders consider traffic woes before Braves move in

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Cobb County may be the new home of the Braves, but what does that mean for traffic? County leaders are figuring out possible public transportation options and how to pay for it.

One of the many issues Cobb County commissioners are weighing is a project for bus and rail transit.

Chairman Tim Lee thinks it might be a good idea to use $100 million from a potential special sales tax to help a $494 million transit tab. But, many of the commissioners say it's a bad idea, including Commissioner Helen Goreham.

Goreham points out this is very early in the process.

"For me at this point, I need to get information about the financing of bus-rapid transit and see how the maintenance of the operation is going to be paid for," Goreham said.

Voters would have to approve a new Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, a SPLOST, in November. Goreham said that to tell voters part of their money would pay for a controversial project could jeopardize the whole thing.

"I'm a little hesitant about including bus-rapid transit in this state right now as a SPLOST project," she said. "I would hate the opportunity for SPLOST, that does so much good for not only roadways, but for public safety and parks and recreation."

Voters recently rejected another special sales tax. Goreham and others on the board believe they need to tread lightly.

The board is waiting to hear from different sources, including the federal government and private engineering agencies, before considering a possible bus-rapid transit project goes before them for approval in July.

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