It’s a meeting in late fall of Georgia Department of Transportation board members who deal with public-private partnerships, and from all appearances the world is about to change.
After years of stumbles, the state at last has a workable plan to make multibillion-dollar toll roads happen with the help of private investors. The packed room pulses with determination, excitement and the presence of executives with deep pockets.
Driving through Texas, Florida, Indiana, and even some parts of New England make you realize how far behind Georgia is.
But, and brace yourselves for this one, I still think we’re going to need to consider rail options too. There is only so much land onto which roads can be built. If MARTA got some inspirational leadership to layout a 20 year master plan to include more lines that went to places other than north-south and east-west, I suspect you’d get some buy in.