Transportation policy must focus on improving mobility and relieving congestion, not social engineering to force commuters out of their chosen mode of transportation. Most commuter rail proposals are expensive and ineffective, and could also limit the growth of freight traffic driven by expanding coastal port operations. Policies should embrace technological innovation, a user-pay system, and objective, mobility-focused criteria with cost-benefit analysis.

AEI Brief: The Evolution of Career and Technical Education

A new paper by Nat Malkus of the American Enterprise Institute examines “The evolution of career and technical education: 1982–2013.”

Key Points

As vocational education has evolved into career and technical education (CTE) over the past several decades, it has progressed away…

Gwinnett Has Time to Do Transit Right

Transit expansion advocates in Gwinnett County blame timing and the special election date for the failure of the transit referendum, but vow to continue their efforts until transit expansion is approved.

Gwinnett Transit Vote a Mixed Bag

Before Gwinnett County voters even decide whether their transit plan leaves the station, it will cost taxpayers almost $770,000. That’s the cost of holding the election on March 19 instead of during last November’s general election.

What Does Transit  ‘Access to Jobs’ Actually Measure?

A recent study, “Access Across America: Transit 2017,” by Andrew Owen and Brendan Murphy of the University of Minnesota, claims that accessibility to jobs by transit increased between 2016 and 2017.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Publishes Foundation Op-Ed on MARTA ‘moonshot’ proposal

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution of January 18, 2019, published an op-ed by Benita Dodd in response to MARTA CEO Jeffrey Parker’s proposal for a $100 billion “moonshot for transit.” The op-ed, “A successful MARTA’s future shouldn’t look like the past,” is accessible…

Transit’s New Technologies Leaving Planners Behind

By Eric J. Tanenblatt 

Eric J. Tanenblatt

When it comes to transportation in Atlanta, there are two things on which everyone can agree: Our cash-strapped transit grid is bad, and our traffic is worse. 

Here, where one need only cast their gaze…

The Black Hole of Camden County’s Spaceport

Camden is aiming for the stars but shooting itself in the foot. The county administrator and commissioners have spent almost $5 million taxpayer dollars pursuing a fantasy with almost zero chance of success.

Bus Rapid Transit: Burden Reduced on Taxpayers

Relatively few people use public transit but everyone pays for it. No public transportation system in the country is economically sustained by the fares paid by riders; all are subsidized by taxes.

Express Toll Lanes: What you need to know

Highlights from an information session with transportation leaders regarding metro area express toll lanes.

Bus Rapid Transit: Fast, Flexible, Forward-thinking

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal’s Bus Rapid Transit plan for SR 400 is a breath of fresh air amid stale and misguided transit proposals for the metro Atlanta region.

Governor Announces BRT Funding for SR 400

Bus Rapid Transit is a flexible step in the right direction. $100 million in General Obligation bonds for BRT infrastructure will be contribute to the SR 400 Express Lanes project.

Technology of Past Won’t Take Transit into the Future

By Dave Emanuel

Dave Emanuel

As the hue and cry for expanded public transit in metro Atlanta reaches a crescendo, many options are being discussed, but chatter about extending heavy rail predominates. You have to wonder why.

The only thing lacking…

Winners and Losers in Georgia’s 2017-18 Session

The good, the bad, the ugly of the 2017-18 legislative session.

Rideshare can Rescue Transit, If Transit Gets on Board

An entirely fresh approach is needed.

Time is On Our Side in Transforming Georgia Transit

The Georgia General Assembly deserves praise for working to improve transit in Georgia. Two bills, one in the House and one in the Senate, focus on the funding and structure of Georgia’s transit systems.

Move Transit Policy in the Right Direction

By Benita M. Dodd

A massive expansion of the Streetcar System is envisioned. The cost of the current 2.7-mile loop, originally projected at less than $70 million, was (at last report) around $100 million.

When the CEO of the Metro…

Ride-share, Ride-hailing Services Transforming Transit

Metro magazine takes a comprehensive look at the game-changing ride-hailing and ride-sharing services, including Lyft and Uber, that are meeting the needs of commuters and reducing operating costs for public transportation.

The article by Michaela Kwoka-Coleman, “Mobility-On-Demand: The Future of Transportation,” was…

Technology Can Trump Tough Love

Sometimes, efforts to legislate and regulate turn ordinary Americans into lawbreakers or foundering pariahs.

Don’t Miss the Bus on Transit

Atlanta could accomplish so much more by embracing the technologies set to change travel.

Marsy’s Law of Unintended Consequences

Proceed cautiously with a victims' rights amendment.