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Cobb Board OKs Study on Braves Stadium Shuttle

A variety of issues will be examined including what type of vehicle would be used, the annual cost of operations; the best route; and where vehicle stops should be located.

Eighty percent of the total project cost will be covered by federal transit grants, while the remainder ($89,002) would come from the 2011 SPLOST Transportation Improvements Program Fund. Credit: Patch file
Eighty percent of the total project cost will be covered by federal transit grants, while the remainder ($89,002) would come from the 2011 SPLOST Transportation Improvements Program Fund. Credit: Patch file
The Cobb Board of Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a $445,000 contract with San Francisco-based URS Corp. to perform a study on implementing a shuttle service that would serve the Cumberland area.

The possible bus circular system could potentially shuttle Atlanta Braves fans between the team’s proposed Cobb-based stadium and parking area at the Galleria Centre.

Cobb Department of Transportation Director Faye DiMassimo told the board that 80 percent of the total project cost will be covered by federal transit grants, while the remainder ($89,002) would come from the 2011 SPLOST Transportation Improvements Program Fund.

URS Corp. will examine a variety of issues including what type of vehicle would be used, the annual cost of operations; the best route; and where vehicle stops should be located.

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Brian May 20, 2014 at 02:09 AM
Chris P., No, you have no clue what you are talking about and you insult the committee of about 100 people that worked on the Cobb 2040 CtP, which translates into SPLOST projects in cases the SPLOST exists. The SPLOST projects were decided by a hard-working group of business and civic leaders, active community members, including tea-party members believe it or not. Believe it or not, the circulator was part of the list even before the Braves announcement. It's a very well-known solution to the kind of problem that Cumberland faces. The project choices were based on a needs-based analysis with specific long-term goals in mind. What the committee didn't decide was the priority. That was done by Arcadis research later on in the process, based on cost-benefits. During that proecess, some projects were culled. Arcadis obviously factored the stadium impact into their calculations. Cobb leaders are just showing they are being proactive about fear the Braves will bring extra traffic, and also showing they can save $500,000 by moving the SPLOST vote into this year. They didn't pick the list.
Brian May 20, 2014 at 02:10 AM
What I can guarantee will happen if you vote down the SPLOST is that your property tax mill rate will go up. The reason is because 30% of the SPLOST money is used for general maintenance so that Cobb can woo people with lower property taxes. I think that's relatively smart, because much of the sales tax that goes into the SPLOST comes from people from outside the county shopping in Cobb. I would like to see someday 0% of SPLOST used for general maintenance, so that more than 70% of it is used for investment. However, obviously we have to increase our property tax digest first so we can get that 30% of maintenance into the general fund. The way to increase our tax digest is through INVESTMENT.
Chris P. May 20, 2014 at 06:14 AM
Come here back with a link to the 2011 project list that shows the Braves shuttle or I think you are making it up as you go along. The stadium wasn't even on anyone's radar until November of 2013.

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