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.

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.

New Report Lauds Transit Contracting

By Baruch Feigenbaum

In late September, the Eno Center for Transportation released “A Bid for Better Transit,” a report focused on improving transit service via contracted operations. I recommend reading this well-written report, which provides a snapshot of contracting throughout the…

Commonsense Recommendations for SPLOST Reform in Georgia

By Ron Sifen and Benita M. Dodd

Georgia’s Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) is an optional 1 percent county sales tax used to fund local capital projects for a county and participating municipalities. Thirty-two years after lawmakers passed the…

Transit Needs a Ticket to Transparency

Someone needs to step up and ask the tough questions on transit

Study Examines the Purpose, Function and Performance of Streetcars

Consider the justification for streetcars.

Report Highlights How Road Pricing Helps Manage Congestion

Road space is scarce and valuable, Why not use prices to allocate it like we do for almost everything else?

Stop Making a Federal Case for Transportation Funding

Shift transportation funding responsibility to the states.
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Transportation Solutions for ‘Affordable Proximity’

How will managed express lanes help metro Atlantans?

AJC Publishes Op-Ed on Atlanta, MARTA TSPLOSTs

Foundation op-ed proposes Atlanta transit reprioritization.

Georgia’s New Toll Lanes Help ‘Reverse’ Traffic Congestion

By Benita M. Dodd

On Saturday, January 28, the reversible express toll lanes on I-75 south of Atlanta opened. The lanes’ direction was northbound, as signs on I-75 South showed.

In a milestone event that occurred quietly on Saturday, January…

New Year, Same Old Streetcar Named Disaster

How's the Streetcar doing as it enters its third year?

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Foundation's most popular commentaries of 2016.

Health Care: Another Foundation Frontier

It takes time to turn the tanker of state government. We're doing it.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Publishes Foundation’s Op-ed on Atlanta TSPLOST

The Sunday edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (October 30, 2016) contained an op-ed by Foundation Vice President Benita Dodd on the November 8 transportation sales tax votes in Atlanta, “Atlanta shouldn’t railroad themselves into old solutions.” The op-ed can be…

Guide to the Issues: Transportation

Principles:

Traffic congestion, while inconvenient, is a sign of a thriving economy. Transportation policy must focus on improving mobility and relieving congestion. To the extent possible, users should pay. Use objective criteria when weighing transportation options.

Recommendations:

Embrace funding alternatives Plan for a future of transportation innovations Include…

Guide to the Issues: Occupational Licensing

Principles

Citizens have a right to pursue a legal occupation and the burden should fall on the government to justify any restrictions to that right. Restrictions on economic liberty should be targeted at protecting health and safety and policy-makers should demand proof…

California Lawmakers Reach Consensus over Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill: A Model for Georgia Reform?

California State Democratic Sen. Holly Mitchell and various law enforcement groups in California have reached an agreement regarding the fate of a bill introducing various reform measures to the state’s civil asset forfeiture laws, according to The Los Angeles Times…