Category: Transportation

By Don Sullivan   At the third annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum in September, Kelly McCutchen of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation presented a “Plan B” for transportation. He emphasized the proposal was a “framework” to move forward the discussion after the TSPLOST regional sales tax referendum failed in nine of 12 regions in Georgia. It was a well thought out plan with which I mostly agreed.  McCutchen’s comments regarding the need to focus on funding regional intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and the Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) were spot on. Atlanta has long recognized the importance of ITS and, in fact, is the headquarters of RouteMatch, a Georgia company that provides vehicle tracking and is a leading national ITS… View Article

Foundation Unveils Transportation Plan

The Georgia Public Policy Foundation presented a framework for moving forward on transportation at the 2012 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum. You can view a video of the presentation here. The slides and notes are available here. The framework presented by the Foundation involved new investments in technology, transit and road infrastructure as well as several billion dollars of revenue over the next ten years from several sources.… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION MEDIA ADVISORY Thursday, September 20, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Georgia think tank ready with ideas for freight, funding and congestion relief Atlanta The Georgia Public Policy Foundation will unveil, “Getting Georgia Moving: Plan B for Transportation,” on Friday, September 21, at 3 p.m. during the third annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum at the W Atlanta Midtown (188 14th Street). The Conservative Policy Leadership Institute (CPLI) and the Georgia Public Policy Foundation are joint hosts of the Georgia Legislative Policy Forum. In addition to the transportation proposals, the daylong event will feature national experts and policy leaders spotlighting health care reform, options in education and the innovation economy.… View Article

‘Plan T:’ For Georgia Traffic and So Much More

By Michael Dziak Despite the efforts of many to persuade voters to approve a penny regional transportation sales tax, the 10-year, $8 billion proposal is off the table for metro Atlanta, at least for now. But perhaps the “Plan B” for congestion relief that many are asking for should be “Plan T” for “Technology.” Atlanta has already established itself as a technological center, yet only a small percentage of organizations have maximized the potential of this technology. State and locally driven efforts could and should be aimed at helping business leaders understand, deploy and effectively utilize technology to accelerate economic recovery in a way that will lead to rapid, sustainable growth and prosperity: Create an engaged workforce Reduce commuter trips… View Article
By Benita M. Dodd Given the wall-to-wall coverage of the upcoming regional transportation sales tax referendum, Georgians could hardly be blamed for believing that all transportation improvement in the state, and especially metro Atlanta, hinges on voter approval of the 10-year, penny sales tax on July 31. In fact, there are ways to improve transportation policy and funding that can and should be implemented, whether the tax passes or not. Mass transit is a big sticking point in the list of projects that would be funded if the 10-year tax is approved in the metro Atlanta area. About 52 percent of $6.2 billion slated for regional projects would go to transit – in a region where less than 3.6 percent… View Article
By Baruch Feigenbaum   On July 31, 2012, voters in 12 regions in Georgia, including a 10-county Atlanta region, will decide in a referendum whether to enact a 1 percent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (T-SPLOST) for transportation. To help Georgians understand the ramifications of the referendum, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation has released an Issue Analysis: “Getting Georgia Going: An Analysis of the Referendum On Georgia’s Transportation Special Purpose Local Options Sales Tax.”   With Georgia ranked 49th in transportation spending, the question should focus not on whether the state needs to increase investment in its transportation network, but what is the best, most efficient and politically realistic way to do so. Given this framework, there are reasons… View Article
On July 31, 2012, voters in 12 regions in Georgia, including a 10-county metro Atlanta region, will decide whether to enact a 1 percent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (T-SPLOST) for transportation. The list of transportation projects for each region is unique and each region’s voters will need to acquaint themselves with the relevant details of their list. Along with the Coastal Georgia region, which involves the Savannah-area freight- and port-related projects, probably the most crucial region for the July 31 vote is the metro Atlanta region, which not only has the greatest congestion and mobility challenges but the greatest population concentration in the state. For this reason, this paper focuses on the metro Atlanta region. With Georgia ranked… View Article
By Baruch Feigenbaum On July 31, 2012, voters in 12 regions in Georgia, including a 10-county Atlanta region, will decide in a referendum whether to enact a 1 percent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (T-SPLOST) for transportation. To help Georgians understand the ramifications of the referendum, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation has released an Issue Analysis: “Getting Georgia Going: An Analysis of the Referendum On Georgia’s Transportation Special Purpose Local Options Sales Tax.” With Georgia ranked 49th in transportation spending, the question should focus not on whether the state needs to increase investment in its transportation network, but what is the best, most efficient and politically realistic way to do so. Given this framework, there are reasons for voting… View Article
By Benita Dodd Benita Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation The “Untie Atlanta” commercials on radio and TV are nothing if not clever. Frustrated commuters can relate to the visual onslaught on TV of roads tangled in a giant knot and the radio announcement, accompanied by blaring horns, that says “Traffic in metro Atlanta is tied up in knots … Let’s untie the knot. Vote yes for the July 31 Regional Transportation Referendum.” Without a doubt, inadequate transportation spending has led to congestion and reduced mobility in this state. If voters in each of the 12 regions support the referendum, a penny transportation special local option sales tax (T-SPLOST) will fund its tailored list of projects. Some of them… View Article
By Benita Dodd The headline on an article in The Onion satirical magazine in 2000 was, “Report: 98 Percent Of U.S. Commuters Favor Public Transportation For Others.” Sometimes truth is even stranger than fiction. Fewer than four out of every 100 metro Atlanta workers rely on public transportation for their daily commutes, according to Census Bureau data. Yet the priorities in proposals for congestion relief in metro Atlanta would lead any outsider to believe that the public is clamoring for more mass transit. The preference for automobiles should be driving the project list, but it’s clearly foolish to dismiss the need for public transportation in the region. For good or bad, two upcoming initiatives could impact the future of… View Article

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