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Updated: 8:57 p.m. Thursday, July 19, 2012 | Posted: 8:46 p.m. Thursday, July 19, 2012
By Tom Regan
HALL COUNTY, Ga. —
Two major Atlanta-based corporations that make thousands of deliveries each day in the metro region said they support the transportation sales tax that will be put to voters at the end of July. The companies believe the $8-billion project to make infrastructure improvements on roads and transit alternatives will greatly reduce traffic congestion. "If a driver is stuck in traffic, we're burning gasoline. We're paying overtime. So economically it makes sense and from customer service, it makes senses," said Carol Tome, Home Depot CFO. The home improvement and building supply company said drivers make over five hundred deliveries each day in the metro Atlanta. Statewide, drivers log five million miles each year moving products. One of those drivers is Alan Holcomb. He spoke with Channel 2's Tom Regan, saying he was making a delivery on Thursday and that traffic severely impacted his ability to do his job. "It affects my ability, my not getting on-time delivery like I should, because you never know when you're going to hit traffic," Holcomb said. A representative of Atlanta-based United Parcel Service said the company also supports the TSPLOST to reduce costs and improve customer service. Each day, over 1,000 trucks make deliveries in the metro area and a five-minute delay can add over $3,000 in operating costs. Opponents to the transportation tax question whether the projects will provide benefit to all 10 counties where the tax will be levied. They also said more of funding should be directed toward MARTA. This week, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said the transportation project will create a boom in job growth and lure business to the region. He predicted the vote would be close, but that the referendum will be approved. Other voter opinion polls suggest support for the referendum is trailing opponents by over 10 percentage points.
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