Is the T-SPLOST a manmade dilemma, or a tempest in a tea pot?
That there is a problem with traffic congestion in Metro Atlanta and surrounding counties cannot be disputed. The big question is, are we on the correct path with T-SPLOST to address that congestion? Is it possible that present technology can solve the traffic congestion problem in metro Atlanta and other counties without a T-SPLOST? Columbia County does not have the massive problem of Atlanta, but we still have traffic congestion on our roads.
With the T-SPLOST, we have been handed a false dilemma: Either endure the traffic congestion (do nothing), or pay a few billion tax dollars to fix the statewide congestion problem. To further the discussion, we have been informed that there is no third alternative.
We are being held hostage by a false dilemma entailing only two alternatives. (False dilemmas may arise when a fallacy is used in an attempt to force a predetermined choice.) It is also a fact that such fallacies can arise simply from the accidental omission of additional options rather than by deliberate deception. There is a Plan B. We are overlooking the continuous improvement in technology.
Consider the United States Postal Service. The progress in technology reduced the need for the over-the-road mail delivery service provided by the USPS. Revenues dropped and the USPS is losing about $5.1 billion a year. Why? New, advanced methods of communication, i.e., email, online banking, etc., had a dramatic effect on reducing the amount of paper moved about. Newspapers, magazines and movie theaters also are experiencing falling revenues, and there are business failures due to the evolution of technology. Americans increasingly are turning to the Internet for news and entertainment.
Why are there so many cars on the roads? The major reason is getting to and from work. Traffic congestion is worst during “rush hours.”
... Most of the time, the road capacity in Augusta is more than adequate to handle traffic. Addressing traffic congestion simply requires the county to reduce the peak number of cars traveling on the roadways during rush hours. What is needed is better use of what we have. ... ...
Richard Hogue, Ph.D.