Opinion: Analyzing Gwinnett transit vote

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Several weeks after a decisive defeat of a plan to expand transit in Gwinnett County, it’s encouraging that supporters seem adamant that the March rout is unlikely to be the last chapter in the county’s efforts to help reduce traffic congestion.

That’s good news for any motorist who’s stuck in the routine crawl that afflicts I-85 too many hours of most any day.

Gwinnett’s elected leaders are right to realize that growth there, and across the region, demands that we increase mobility options for residents and workers. The status quo of routine traffic snarls must remain unacceptable.

Today, we present several viewpoints on transit in Gwinnett. The County Commission chair writes about lessons learned from the defeated sales tax. An area business developer writes that the defeat of an ill-timed referendum will adversely affect development in the county. And a Georgia Tech professor emeritus writes that technology, not more rails or concrete, can hold the key to solving our traffic problems.

All have valid points, in our view. Their ideas should be considered as Gwinnett plots its next moves for congestion relief.

Andre Jackson, for the Editorial Board.

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