BOYCE: I’m not going to go as far as to say that ... It’s a transit expansion in some form.
AJC: But a joint committee could draw a special district that could, if it wanted, bring in MARTA?
BOYCE: That’s a fair statement.
AJC: What is your pitch going to be to Cobb voters to support this?
BOYCE: For every dollar that we spend, whoever spends, on transit, there’s a $4 return on economic development. It will also help with the traffic issues in the county. I think those are the two major points right now.
AJC: So it sounds like you are supportive.
BOYCE: I support it (the bill) because I don’t need a traffic study to tell me we have traffic problems in Cobb County. Transit is one--and I emphasize one--of the measures to address that. We’ll also be taking a close look at the upcoming SPLOST list.
AJC: What is your message to the metro region, much of which perceives Cobb as wanting to keep Atlanta and MARTA at arm’s length?
BOYCE: My message would be that the board and delegation worked real hard to make sure that Cobb was included in the legislation to offset this perception. We do have transit. We have 3.4 million riders that ride our transit system [CobbLinc] and we connect to MARTA.
*This interview has been lightly edited for clarity and length.