Starting next week, the public will have its final chance to comment on GRTA’s first major overhaul since its bus service started in 2004. GRTA plans to implement new bus routes that affect all service corridors on Sept. 6.
By Guest Columnist JOHN MATTHEWS, a commercial real estate investor and an MBA graduate of Goizueta Business School
A debate seems to still be occurring in Georgia and our legislature about transit versus roads for the Atlanta region. Still? It is time for the debate to stop, and it is time to begin implementing solutions. Because the logic of transit is not a subject of debate.
Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves met with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed last week to work on possible “local legislation” compromise for transportation funding that would address MARTA’s expansion plans.
A consequence of the transportation funding bill approved in 2015 by the General Assembly has prompted archaeologists to present their opposition Monday at the Capitol to a measure they say would cripple historic research and preservation.
It is natural for any city to brag a little about itself … but in Atlanta, boosterism is a way of life. That, however, does not change the fact that there are many things about Atlanta that are worth bragging about. I guess we were just in a little bit of a reflective mood this […]
The mixed use development planned at MARTA’s Brookhaven Station has been put on hold by Brookhaven city officials, who want to have a broader discussion about the area’s infrastructure before homes, shops and a hotel are built at the site.
President Obama has announced his intent to appoint MARTA GM/CEO Keith Parker to a national council that advises the president on issues related to the security and resilience of the country’s critical infrastructure systems.
Shifting Atlanta from a city centered around cars to one focused on people on foot or bicycles faced a reality-check on Friday.
Alexis Hyneman, a 14-year-old student at Grady High School, lost her young life when a car hit her while she was riding her bicycle Thursday at the super-confusing intersection of 10th Street, Monroe Drive and the Atlanta BeltLine.
For decades, Georgia has had several road-building initiatives geared to attracting new companies to the state.
They’ve been called developmental highways or the Governor’s Road Improvement Program (GRIP) – and they’ve all involved spending hundreds of millions of dollars of state money to build four-lane roads to almost every corner of the state.
Georgia’s new formula for funding road projects has enabled the state to create, and more importantly to fund, a 10-year plan of improvement that will improve safety and mobility throughout the state, Georgia Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry told state House lawmakers.
It may seem like old news in metro Atlanta, but a new demographic study of Washington, D.C. by the U.S. Census Bureau has determined that well-educated, high-earning young people disproportionately reside near a transit rail stop.
The Georgia Department of Transportation on Thursday is slated to announce the apparent winner of the competitive bid to build the most expensive highway project in state history – the $1.1 billion reconstruction of the interchange at Ga. 400 and I-285.
MARTA, which hasn’t had a major expansion plan in decades, would like a 40-year, half-penny sales tax in Fulton and DeKalb counties. (credit Wikipedia)
Here we go again. Another year. Another transportation debate.
This time, Fulton County wants a five-year penny sales tax for transportation.
The idea is gaining steam among the mayors of the various Fulton cities who want new funding — primarily for roads.
The exception is Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, who wants funding to expand the city’s streetcar network — especially along the Atlanta BeltLine.
Meanwhile, MARTA, which hasn’t had a major expansion plan in decades, would like a 40-year, half-penny sales tax in Fulton and DeKalb. It would help expand rail to Alpharetta, the Clifton Corridor, high-capacity transit to South DeKalb and possible investments in the BeltLine.
Both proposals have valid arguments. But both proposals are headed to a head-on collision where everyone could lose. Even Reed says voters are unlikely to pass both taxes.
There are few options to fund transit since the state constitution restricts gas tax revenues to roads and bridges.
Yet year after year, whenever new taxes are passed, roads get funded and transit gets left behind. One official described it as being “stuck on stupid.”
The transportation funding bill enacted by the Georgia Legislature this year has helped the state draw down additional federal funding in the transportation bill now being negotiated in Congress, according to the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.