Efforts to improve opportunities for disadvantaged businesses to get contracts from the Georgia Department of Transportation haven’t leveled the playing field, according to comments made at meetings held around the state in 2016.
Editor’s note: This is the first of two stories that will examine a disparity report prepared for Georgia’s Department of Transportation. Part 2: Business owners comment on GDOT’s current practices.
Georgia’s Department of Transportation could be deemed guilty of racial and gender discrimination when it comes to the purchase of goods and services, according to a little-noted disparity report delivered to GDOT in August 2016. The Equal Access Committee of GDOT’s board is to get an update on the report at its meeting Wednesday.
President-elect Trump’s plan to spur $1 trillion in infrastructure investment may coalesce just as the finishing touches are made to the proposal for a high-speed railroad to connect Atlanta and Chattanooga.
A segment of Courtland Street between Georgia State University and the state Capitol is to be closed for replacement in 2017 and the public has a chance to offer comments about the project at an open house on Thursday.
MARTA intends to grow the number of businesses in its discount Partnership Program and on Thursday is slated to open bids from vendors that want to provide the service. The contract will be for less than $200,000 according to the bid.
Nearly eight years ago, I briefly joined the ranks of SaportaReport shortly after its debut. Following some career diversions that took me in a very different direction (namely, flakking for MARTA) I’m returning as a regular columnist and sometime-editor for SaportaReport, which has become one of the best, most influential newsblogs covering our region.
The Atlanta City Council is slated to adopt Monday some of the strongest language regarding social equity that the council has yet devised regarding the social impact of the spending of taxpayer dollars.
GRTA is implementing its long-studied plans to improve service on every route of its Xpress Commuter Coach Service and has posted staff throughout Downtown Atlanta and Midtown to help passengers adjust to changes in the locations of bus stops.
East-West connectivity through Midtown is improving, with 7th Street opened to two-way travel in July. But the big news is that funding is now largely in place to extend 15th Street from West Peachtree Street all the way to Williams Street.
Atlanta city councilmembers are citing Atlanta’s Olympic Games in their emerging effort to ensure that city residents are hired for at least 30 percent of jobs, and that other community benefits be provided, if city voters in November approve two referenda totaling $2.8 billion for transportation projects.
The Port of Savannah on Wednesday received a $44 million federal grant to expand rail access to and from the port. The funding promotes an objective to get trains in and out of the port more quickly, increasing Savannah’s competitive edge over other seaports.
Georgia’s sometimes competing interests in balancing road construction with historic preservation are unfolding as a deadline looms for public comment on part of the state’s five-year historic preservation plan. Meanwhile, no members have been appointed to the Georgia House Study Committee on Historic Preservation.
The Atlanta City Council is slated to vote Monday on a proposal to call a referendum on a 0.5 percent sales tax hike to expand transit in the city, plus an additional measure that sets guidelines for spending the money.
The issue of who should control the Atlanta Streetcar – Atlanta or MARTA – emerged as a flash point Wednesday between some Atlanta city councilmembers and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration during a talk about the future of the streetcar amid a $2.5 billion proposal to expand transit in the city.
Atlanta’s project list for the possible 1 percent hike in the city’s sales tax, to expand transit and transportation, may be devised and implemented under guidelines the Atlanta City Council’s Transportation Committee is slated to discuss Wednesday.
A development proposal filed Tuesday for a mixed use project to open in 2020 in Sandy Springs is the latest indication of developers’ optimism about the current construction cycle, as well as the demand for more apartments in the Perimeter Center market.