Transportation issues loom for Georgia. It’s cold in winter and boiling water is hot, too!

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.

5 comments

  1. HowardRoark says:

    Hey, I got a solution for this. This July and November, let’s just keep voting for the bums who got us into this mess to start with. Better yet, call off the election and have the gubna appoint them now. Can’t risk getting any new blood in there. They might fix the damned thing.

  2. Progressive Dem says:

    “the report forecasts a shrinkage of one-third in the number of people in metro Atlanta who can reach an employment center in 45 minutes”.

    This fact was previously determined in the IT3 study and its impact is huge in economic development terms. The congestion in metropolitan Atlanta has effectively reduced the labor pool for existing and prospective companies. Atlanta will not be competive with metropolitan areas of a comparable size (Boston, San Francisco, Phoenix, Washington) and instead the number of effective workers available to employers is more comparable to metropolitan areas the size of Milwaukee, Memphis, Richmond and Louisville. If congestion is not improved through additional transportation investment/spending, Georgia’s best economic years are behind us.

    The state can not afford to fix transportation all at one time, but we need a long-term vision and committment to spend more on transportation. Conservatives are going to have to make a choice: either they are going to willing to increase transportation revenues (probably more taxes) or they are going to take responsibility for declining economic competiveness with other states and regions. This will mean lost economic opportunties for existing and new businesses, fewer jobs, losses in personal income and a declining tax base. Surely Georgia can aford to invest in transportation as much as other states. According to this report, only one state, Tennessee, spends less per capita on transportation than Georgia.

    The first step is letting the metro area determine if it wants to tax itself for a set of transportation projects. Georgia will also need to invest in improving freight mobility from Savanah and interstate capacity through HOV and HOT tolling lanes. Finally the DOT needs to fund other modes of transportation besides the automobile.

  3. Game Fan says:

    Note to the new reader:

    “Game Fan” is the ONLY commenter on this blog (Ron Paul supporter or otherwise) who, (Like Ron Paul, Lou Dobbs and many others) has been consistently against any type of privatization scheme with Interstates. Because if this ain’t connected to the PFKATNSH (plan formerly known as the NAFTA Superhighway) Game Fan will eat his hat.

  4. Game Fan says:

    “The State’s new transportation planning director”??
    Who’s that?
    “revenue stream”? (tehe)
    I seriously doubt ANY legislator under the Gold Dome has a real overview of the traffic situation in GA or a grasp of the legislative angle or the bills they’ve already signed or a real grasp of who and what all these new offices and agencies are really up to.

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