Many people feel that the cure all to the many woes of transportation in Georgia is more money. Perhaps they are right, but right now, as things stand, I submit they are wrong. More money would simply continue the antiquated policies and programs at GA DOT.
Commissioner Abraham needs time to finish cleaning up the department before we go about flooding it with new money. The people of Georgia aren’t going to all of a sudden have a nervous breakdown if T-SPLOST is delayed by a year and in fact, I’d say they likely will benefit because of time to allow for better and more efficient policies to be put in place.
With that said, the area I feel our legislators should have focused and hopefully will next year is that of actual transportation POLICY. Georgia should join its neighbors, South Carolina and Florida in adopting Complete Streets policy guidelines for all future DOT projects.
Complete streets policies simply require that the safety, interests, and convenience of all users – drivers, bicyclists, transit users and pedestrians of all ages and abilities – be considered in the design and construction of transportation projects. The public right-of-way – our roads – should be designed and built for safe travel by everyone. Citizens want more travel options that are safe and convenient. A new poll from the National Association of REALTORS® found that 83% of respondents would like communities built so they can use their cars less.
Complete streets policies are vital to improving the mobility and access of senior citizens, children and people with disabilities. Complete streets can be a vital tool in improving chronic public health problems such as obesity by enabling more active lifestyle. Complete streets increase the capacity of the road network by providing more choices.