Thomas Wheatley of at CL offers this interesting tidbit:
What current Georgia governor is leavin’ on a jet plane at the end of the month for the sandy beaches of Spain? Sources say the state’s jovial chief executive is being joined by Dick Anderson, the executive director of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority. We’re sure it’ll be a nice couple days of handshakes and back slaps, maybe a bullfight or two.
But the interesting item apparently on their agenda? A sit-down with executives from Cintra, a Spanish company that’s considered the tops when it comes to privatized roads. (That’s when a company gives a big bag o’ cash to the state and either takes over operations of a well-traveled road or builds a new one, sets tolls, and reaps the revenue.)
I really like the idea of privately funded roads (I blogged about it here). Given the tight State budget and the massive amount of money the State needs to solve some of these traffic problems, allowing a private company to build some new roads is an idea well worth exploring.