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.

U.S. DOT Highway Statistics

The Highway Statistics Series consists of annual reports containing analyzed statistical information on motor fuel, motor vehicle registrations, driver licenses, highway user taxation, highway mileage, travel and highway finance.

Georgia Department of Transportation

GDOT works to boost Georgia’s competitiveness via leadership in transportation by delivering a transportation system focused on innovation, safety, sustainability and mobility.

U.S. Department of Transportation

The mission of the USDOT is to serve the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.

Light Rail vs. Reality

Everyone loves light rail—especially if they don't actually have to rely on it for actual transportation or pay the full cost of what it takes to schlep a rider from Point A to Point B.

Georgia DOT Fact Book

The GDOT Fact Book offers descriptions of programs, studies and initiatives, as well as information about the State Transportation Board, Georgia DOT divisions, offices and districts, and resource references.

State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA)

SRTA is a state-level, independent authority created to operate tolled transportation facilities within Georgia and act as the transportation financing arm for the State.

Atlanta Regional Commission

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is jointly responsible with the Georgia Department of Transportation for transportation planning for the 18-county Atlanta metropolitan region, including the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (Plan2040) and the six-year Transportation Improvement Program.

Atlanta Transportation Plan

What does Georgia need to do to increase mobility and reduce congestion? A six-step plan offers solutions that can significantly improvement the statewide transportation network.

Still Asking for Whom Georgia’s Roads are Tolled?

Automobiles heading north in the toll lanes along I-75 encountered no delays on April 27, while traffic in the general-purpose lanes crawled for miles because of construction delays.

By Benita M. Dodd

The toll lanes are coming! The toll lanes are coming!


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…