Yes, in the “obvious” category comes news that transportation is a growing problem for Georgia. Not blaming the messenger, mind you, just noting that it hasn’t gone away, Mr. and Mrs. Legislator.
Here’s all the gooey deets:
The first report from the state’s new transportation planning director warns Georgia’s cities such as Augusta, Athens and Savannah will get more congested and that moving freight from the ports will get harder unless new funding sources aren’t found soon.
It calls for additional resources equivalent to a 1 percent sales tax statewide, in addition to “a robust approach to tolls” and networks of managed lanes and transit. Doing so could allow that state to capture up to $480 million in economic benefit and 425,000 new jobs over the next 20-30 years.
Under a transportation-governance makeover bill approved by the Legislature in 2009, the new director of transportation planning is required to deliver a draft of the Statewide Strategic Transportation Plan to the Legislature for comments and suggestions. Todd Long, the director appointed by Gov. Sonny Perdue, did so last week, analyzing the recent past, projecting the existing revenue stream and what could be achieved with additional resources.
Read more from the Fox Morris News Service.