Politics of transportation

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.”

2 comments

  1. Bull Moose says:

    We need COMPREHENSIVE REFORM in the area of transportation. It’s not a Democrat issue or Republican issue, but rather an issue of providing better service to the citizens of Georgia. Members of the Board of Transportation and the Department of Transportation are accountable to no one.

    That is not the way it is supposed to be.

    Time and again, the answer from state elected officials is that they have nothing to do with the DOT Board and that there hands are tied. This is not the way government is supposed to be run.

    That is just asinine and defeats the purpose of having elected representatives.

  2. Joeventures says:

    The justification for the CMTF is a huge sham. It’s all about building more and bigger roads, which only leads to more congestion, not less.

    There is not a single study that shows any of this modeling is effective at reducing traffic congestion. None. What happens after all these big roads are built is more congestion, and it happens immediately.

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