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Pro-TSPLOST Group Unveils New Ads

Untie Atlanta has produced two new radio commercials and a TV spot to air over the next two weeks.

Untie Atlanta, a group supporting the July 31 TSPLOST referendum, has launched a new television ad and two radio spots.

The television ad entitled “Tied Up,” captures a commuter, already late to see her child play in a baseball game, getting stuck in a traffic jam. The driver’s seat belts start to tighten around her, trapping her for another long trip home. 

The ad is available for online viewing at http://youtu.be/OMDA5mHnl8Y

Ambassador Andrew Young, who served as Mayor of Atlanta in the 1980s, is featured in a radio ad called “Penny Wise.” He reminds listeners that many of Atlanta’s great accomplishments have featured public investment, referring to building the busiest airport in the world and securing the 1996 Olympic Games. Young encourages voters to support the referendum and “keep our city moving forward.”

The “Penny Wise” radio ad can be found here: http://youtu.be/SU1A_jXMBd0

Another radio spot, “Bad Advice,” is available at http://youtu.be/FunMpZJf8Qo

“These ads get right to the heart of what is at stake in this referendum,” Untie Atlanta campaign manager Che Watkins said. “We have commuters tied up in traffic, and some folks want us to just sit back and do nothing, ensuring that the problem will just get worse and more expensive to fix."

In Sunday's East Cobb Patch, columnist Tim Langley continued , telling readers not to be taken in by suggestions that the referendum would foster greater cooperation among local governing bodies in metro Atlanta. 

"It's time to refocus on Cobb County and Cobb Countians, for improving our community will improve metro Atlanta," Langley wrote. 

Shari Griffith July 16, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Who is paying for these ads? Will it be the taxpayer whether it passes or not?
Greg T July 16, 2012 at 04:02 PM
WE don't want elected officials to do nothing. We want them to clean house and take their responsibility and trust seriously. Get auditors, investigate, get rid of the fraud and waste, then we can see exactly what to do. It destructive investing to throw good money after bad. Unfortunately there's not a kickback for doing the right thing. Well, not one that these current set of politicians seem interested in.
Amy July 16, 2012 at 08:00 PM
The TV ad and the flyers being mailed are such blatant attempts to play on emotions rather than presenting any real facts.
Joe_Harris July 17, 2012 at 04:44 AM
These ads really bring home how much of an impact the transportation referendum will have on the city of Atlanta. We are tied up in knots. We are tied up in congestion on a daily basis. We need to pass this referendum as a start to getting our transportation issues met.
Greg T July 17, 2012 at 03:39 PM
How, like the war on drugs? How, like the war on poverty? How, like 400 is a congestion free way to downtown? How, like educational improvements due to lottery funding? (I really like this one considering all the loss of educational programs and growing classrooms) We all see the need, but how does throwing money around make things better? Great rhetoric, but I'll bet you that our commute will not decrease even 5 minutes if this passes or not.
Mark A July 17, 2012 at 05:25 PM
quote: "There will be a 24% average decrease in future travel delays for roadways improved with referendum funding. These improvements include road widenings, new construction and improved interchanges." http://www.atlantaregionalroundtable.com/documents/RTR_factsheetcombined_v02.pdf
Martha Jones July 18, 2012 at 10:43 AM
Really? Is that why my average commute got 15% longer after the $80 million “improvement” called the HOT lane?
Greg T July 18, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Mark, do they plan on widening 85, 75, 575 or 285? Do they plan on a new loop to help the 285 congestion? Otherwise, according to your own article, there will be no change in commute times unless your commute takes longer than 45 minutes going to Cumberland Mall or Emory. According to your post, the 24% only applies to: "in future travel delays for roadways improved with referendum funding. These improvements include road widenings, new construction and improved interchanges.* " Where's the light rail going again? The majority of traffic is from downtown to suberbia. Where's the multiple rail lines connecting downtown and the airport with the actual workers who cannot afford to live inside the perimeter? Buses alone cannot remove 70k cars from the road and lower emissions? Can anyone say that the TSPLOST as proposed is a pipe dream proposed for those so thirsty from congestion that drinking from a mirage seems feasible.
Brian July 19, 2012 at 05:35 AM
Yes, Greg T, let's cancel the failed war on drugs and put it towards transportation.
Mark A July 19, 2012 at 05:45 AM
Widening freeways doesn't reduce congestion; it's called induced demand. This is going to help open up some of the choke points. (where roads narrow more than they should, and where outdated intersections/traffic signals need to be fixed) One light rail line connects the busiest employment center inside 285 (emory/CDC) with the rest of our existing heavy rail system. Good in my book. The other smaller surface lines are going to help further re-create a center city worth visiting. (Beltline) The last line, mode yet to be decided on, connects one of the last major centers of employment untouched, to the rest of central Atlanta. (Cobb line, which cuts through Vinings/Galleria, and later, Dobbins/KSU) The rest of the suburbs here are WAY too low density to support transit, and wouldn't help much either as people's commuting patterns are also decentralized - as many people work in different suburbs as they do Buckhead/Downtown. This is a much better start than most people realize. I wish our media had reported more on when the choices were being made and whittled down, as I myself have been following for the past few years. Now that it's presented to the public to vote on, everyone wants to just say NO. Such a shame, we get these opportunities so very rarely, and this is one that really has the potential to get our economy back into booming status, like it was before the housing crash...
Mark A July 19, 2012 at 05:46 AM
(edit) that was supposed to read the busiest employment center inside 285 *yet to be connected by transit*
Greg T July 22, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Mark, It wasn't just failed communications, it remains that government doesn't follow through with promises. Governor Deal taking the tolls down on 400 mean a lot more than some stupid TV ads that only portray the problems. We all know what the problem is, and the ads and supporters are all very insulting to say that those of us who say no to this TSPLOST don't want solutions. The air was poisoned thanks to unaddressed corruption at MARTA, 400 tolls not taken down, then the arrogant way of saying our highway or no highway. There's a lot to be said for responsive governing. Remember that these same voters approved a SPLOST last year, so it isn't that we hate any tax increase. If TSPLOST goes down it is in part due to the heavy handed way the proponents acted. A responsive proponent would have taken our interest and inquiries seriously. Maybe it is time a few of our officials allow others to come in who might be more respectful of others instead of looking at us as enemies to be overcome. I want so bad to vote for a reasonable plan to relieve congestion, but I can't trust people who refuse be responsive to our concerns before the vote. We know very well that if they don't listen now, they definitely won't after July 31st. You really want to get my attention, get MARTA and GDOT under control and follow through with auditor's suggestions. That would impress me.

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