Tag: Transit

Friday Facts: November 9, 2012

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “The most important political office is that of the private citizen.” – Justice Louis D. Brandeis “They are not to do anything they please to provide for the general welfare. … [G]iving a distinct and independent power to do any act they please which may be good for the Union, would render all the preceding and subsequent enumerations of power completely useless. It would reduce the whole instrument to a single phrase, that of instituting a Congress with power to do whatever would be for the good of the United States; and as they would be the sole judges of the good or evil, it would be also a power to do whatever evil they… View Article

Competition Can Add Jobs, Cut MARTA Losses

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution published an op-ed by Foundation Vice President Benita M. Dodd on Tuesday, October 30, that proposed MARTA’s deficit be reduced through managed competition, including privatization and outsourcing at the transit agency. Add jobs, cut losses By Benita Dodd The failure of MARTA, the backbone of Atlanta’s public transportation, will devastate the region’s workers and mobility. KPMG’s recent audit warns that on its current course, the transit authority is unsustainable: MARTA must cut $25 million a year. Managed competition, including privatization and outsourcing, is critical. There are two reasons to embrace this approach. First, Harvard professor Stephen Goldsmith, as mayor of Indianapolis, identified government’s role in his “Yellow Pages” test: “If the phone book lists three companies… View Article

Moving Georgia Ahead: What’s Coming Down the Pike

Just one week after attending the national Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting, transportation analyst Robert W. Poole will keynote “Moving Georgia Ahead: What’s Coming Down the Pike,” a January 24, 2013 Leadership Breakfast hosted by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. Poole, co-founder of the Reason Foundation, will provide an update on the outlook for transportation policy, funding and policy amid fiscal constraints and partisan politics, and describe Georgia’s options for mobility and congestion relief. “Moving Georgia Ahead: What’s Coming Down the PikeA Leadership Breakfast 8 a.m., Thursday, January 24, 2013 The Georgian Club  100 Galleria Parkway, Suite 1700, Atlanta, GA 30339 This event is $25 to attend. Register here by Tuesday,… View Article

Friday Facts: October 26, 2012

It’s Friday!  Quotes of Note “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” – Napoleon Bonaparte “Just tell them that their wildest dreams will come true if they vote for you.” – Napoleon Dynamite Events January 24, 2013: Just one week after attending the national Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting, Robert W. Poole will keynote, “Moving Georgia Ahead: What’s Coming Down the Pike,” an 8 a.m. Leadership Breakfast hosted by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. Poole, a Senior Fellow at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, is a co-founder of the Reason Foundation and its director of transportation policy and Searle Freedom Trust Transportation Fellow. He will provide an update on… View Article
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

Friday Facts: October 19, 2012

It’s Friday!  Quotes of Note “There exists in the human heart a depraved taste for equality, which impels the weak to attempt to lower the powerful to their own level, and reduces men to prefer equality in slavery to inequality with freedom.” – Alexis de Tocqueville “It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once.” – David Hume “Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand.” – John Gay “Regardless of what Congress does about the January 1 “fiscal cliff,” serious transportation analysts are coming to grips with the reality that “business as usual” will not be an option for federal transportation funding.” – Robert W. Poole, Reason… 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
By Kelly McCutchen   Kelly McCutchen, President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation New Census Bureau data ranks Georgia’s poverty rate as third highest in the nation. Combined with the state’s next-to-last ranking in personal income growth over the last decade, this is cause for concern. Georgians can either be distracted by divisive class warfare or focus on breaking down the barriers to economic opportunity.  Transportation is a good place to start. Transit should focus first on giving the poor and disabled access to jobs and education. That requires an affordable transit network that matches the “everywhere to everywhere” commuting patterns of metro areas that developed in the age of the automobile. Education is the best pathway to opportunity. Nothing should stand… View Article

Friday Facts: September 7, 2012

 September 7, 2012 It’s Friday! Register now! The third annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum takes place on Friday, September 21, at the W Hotel in Midtown Atlanta. This year’s event includes Lawrence Reed, President of the Foundation for Economic Education, Carpe Diem Schools Founder Rick Ogston, Texas Public Policy Foundation President Brooke Rollins, Galen Institute President Grace-Marie Turner and former Florida Commissioner of Education Gerard Robinson. Registration for this daylong event, which includes breakfast and lunch, is $100. Register at http://weblink.donorperfect.com/legforum. See the agenda at http://www.georgiapolicy.org/additional-links/legislative-policy-forum/. Quotes of Note “Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the… View Article

Transportation Briefs

 Transportation Round-Up Compiled by GPPF Vice President Benita Dodd Misguided, misinformed and missing: Committee meetings are almost ways more interesting than full board meetings, if you’re willing to sit and sift through the banter. Last week’s State Transportation Board committee meetings are case in point. – In a Legislative Committee discussion about pending metal theft legislation, it was revealed that the state Department of Transportation has had $30,000 worth of steel grates stolen, as well as 20,000 feet of wire – the kind used in wiring traffic lights, for example. – Then came a discussion about privatizing the state’s aviation services and the four King Air 90 aircraft the Georgia Aviation Authority currently uses for passenger flights. The… View Article

The Foundation’s Criminal Justice Initiative pushed the problems to the forefront, proposed practical solutions, brought in leaders from other states to share examples, and created this nonpartisan opportunity. (At the signing of the 2012 Criminal Justice Reform bill.)

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