Nash wants public's input on transportation projects

Photo by Brian Giandelone

Photo by Brian Giandelone

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett Chairwoman Charlotte Nash isn't so sure light rail lines extending from Atlanta's MARTA service into Gwinnett should be included in a list of projects to be funded by a proposed regional transportation sales tax.

"Gwinnett County is very divided on that topic," she said. "I am concerned that our density is not where it needs to be to support it."

On top of that, Nash said the hefty price tag on the projects and the probability that the construction could not be complete in the 10 years the tax would be in place.

"They would be difficult if not impossible to deliver in the next 10 years. That will be a factor in determining the list," Nash said of the work of a panel of elected officials from throughout metro Atlanta, who are charged with setting the list this fall in preparation for a March 2012 vote.

On Monday, Nash and Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson -- the two Gwinnett members of the Regional Roundtable -- will participate in a telephone town hall meeting, where residents can give their take on projects.

About 170,000 residents -- chosen at random -- will receive a call asking them to join the talk. Others can dial in.

"Mayor Johnson and I look forward to speaking with potentially thousands of our friends and neighbors at one time," Nash. said in a press release "Our goal is to learn what regional and local projects will help Gwinnett residents most."

Residents will be called through an automated system, the release said, prior to the 7:15 p.m. start time. Those who choose to participate will be able to ask questions and make suggestions during the hourlong call.

Anyone can participate by calling 1-888-886-6603 and entering the pin 16724, according to information posted at www.atlantaregionalroundtable.com.