Governor Perdue’s Congestion Mitigation Task Force has issued a report urging that congestion relief be the major factor in spending transportation dollars:
One of the task force’s three recommendations would weight congestion relief as 70 percent of decision-making models. That is up from 11 percent under the Atlanta Regional Commission’s current standards.
My first thought is this would funnel more money to the metro Atlanta area and away from rural Georgia (assuming the current system sends more money to rural areas). What would be the political fallout of that?
Another interesting tidbit from the article:
The eight-member panel included two members each from the State Transportation Board, the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, the Atlanta Regional Commission and the State Road and Tollway Authority.
In an interview last month, Perdue said those agencies didn’t have a history of working well together.
“When I got into office, the DOT board and the GRTA board wouldn’t even talk to one another,” he said. “We just brought everybody together and said, ‘Look, we all have a job to do and we’re all going to complement one another and work together.’
“I think, by any measure, the collaboration and cooperation … is light-years ahead of where it was.”