Safe and efficient transportation has long been a top priority in Cobb County and plays a key role in building and maintaining a strong, prosperous community. Recently, the Board of Commissioners passed a resolution to adopt the five-year update to the 2040 countywide Comprehensive Transportation Plan.
- The CTP is not a regulatory document. It is a planning document required by the Atlanta Regional Commission that provides opportunities for counties to take advantage of and maximize state and federal funding opportunities.
- The CTP requirements state that all plans must include short, mid and long-term/aspirational projects. The CTP update approved last week includes 240 projects.
- Bus Rapid Transit is one of these projects. The adoption of the CTP does not equate to BOC support of BRT. In fact, the BRT project is conditioned with a statement that reads “This project will only move forward with a specific and separate approval of the Board of Commissioners. If deemed necessary by the board, it will be put to a referendum of the voters of Cobb County.”
- This means that if and when, the BOC chooses to consider this project, there will be open and transparent dialogue about the merits, cost and funding so that the board of commissioners, whomever they may be at the time, can decide the best next steps including, but not limited to, a public referendum.
- It is important to note that we, as a board, cannot legally bind a future board to a voter referendum or any other course of action. The condition we put on the BRT project ensures that the BOC, whomever it may consist of at the time, will consider the project as it is presented at the time and make a decision about whether or not and how to move forward in an open, public, and transparent process.
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