But Snellville Mayor Pro Tem Dave Emanuel asked a key question at the end of the forum: What happens if the MARTA referendum fails?
Nash doesn’t think Gwinnett can afford to entertain that notion. She said there’s “no viable alternative,:
“I don’t even want to say it out loud,” she said. “The quicker we pass the question, the quicker we can get started on what has to be done.
“If it doesn’t happen March 19, we’ve got to come back and find another way to approach it,” Nash said.
Does that mean Nash would put transit expansion back on the ballot later if it fails in March? In an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Nash said she has no secret contingency plan. But she said transit must play a key role in addressing the county’s transportation needs.
“It’s going to have to happen one way or another,” Nash said, “whether it’s now or five years from now.”
Ashe also seemed to contemplate a failure in his remarks.
“This referendum is absolutely winnable,” he said. “Ten years ago, I’m not sure it would have been true. Twenty years ago, I’m sure it wasn’t true.
“Today, this referendum is very winnable,” Ashe said. “But it’s not yet won.”