A State Transportation Plan

From the Press Office comes this well intentioned, but probably fool hardy plan:

State Sen. Jeff Mullis (R-Chickamauga) and State Rep. Vance Smith (R-Pine Mountain) unveiled the first two pieces of legislation that will make up Georgia’s new transportation funding plan during a press conference at the State Capitol in Atlanta today.

Sen. Mullis has introduced Senate Resolution 781 that will require the development of a Statewide Transportation Plan that will have to be approved by the members of the Georgia General Assembly and updated every five years thereafter. The policy objective of the Plan is to create a 50-year safe, mobile, reliable, predictable and dependable transportation system for the state using projected growth and demographic trends. The Plan will include forecasts for Georgia’s transportation needs in five year increments.

“Georgia’s transportation infrastructure is a critical resource to the state and we must do whatever is necessary to provide greater mobility for the people who live and work here,” Sen. Mullis said today during the press conference. “Transportation is essential to commerce and the provision of goods and services throughout our state, and finding the necessary funds to maintain and improve this infrastructure is becoming more and more difficult. It is imperative that we find new sources and methods of funding to meet our growing needs.”

I have yet to see the state or federal government give accurate projections on these things. But, given the inept performance of the DOT, I think it might be a good thing to let the legislature have its hands in the mix.

[Updated by ChrisF: Rep Davis just sent me a link to the report for those of you nerdy enough to read it.]

9 comments

  1. Icarus says:

    When they say it is a 50 year plan, is that how long they expect it to cross the top end perimeter during rush hour when they’re complete?

  2. Bull Moose says:

    This is great legislation that is very much needed. I hope that both houses move quickly to adopt this into law and that the Governor signs it.

  3. Still Looking says:

    I think the Soviet Union proved that top-down central planning from the State is the wrong way to go.

    Any State Transportation Plan should reflect local and regional consideration and input. After all these are our communities and our homes. Keep the decison-making local. I have no, zero, nada faith that the legislature knows where roads and transit should be built.

  4. Jason Pye says:

    The plan calls for a $22 billion tax increase and the regional SPLOST. Some counties could see sales taxes rise to 9%. That is hardly a good idea.

  5. cheapseats says:

    we need a bill passed by both the House and the Senate and then signed by the Guv just to get the whole “we need to make a plan” thing?

    if this isn’t a joke, it will be – probably on every late night TV show.

    I think I’m going to have to start telling people from Alabama that I’m really Canadian.

  6. Bull Moose says:

    Every Metropolitan Planning Organization is required to have a 5 year and 30 year planning document to receive funds. I would expect that the state agency to have a similar plan. When you are talking about billions of dollars, it is the responsible and right thing to have.

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