In Other News, if transportation studies improved traffic, Georgians would be commuting just like the Jetsons by now.
Fresh on the heals of North Carolina being awarded $545 Million to build high speed rail, (and Georgia’s award of over $40 Million to build a low-speed trolly to steal Rice-a-Roni commercials away from San Francisco), Georgia has received an amount equivalent to the interest on the national debt for exactly two minutes to “study” high speed rail. From the AJC:
The federal government is preparing to award $4.1 million to Georgia and two other states to develop a multistate plan for high-speed rail between Atlanta and Charlotte, according to the office of U.S. Rep. David Scott, an Atlanta Democrat.
Georgia is taking the lead in the project with South Carolina and North Carolina.
An Internet notice posted by the U.S. Department of Transportation gave advance notice of the grant. A spokeswoman for U.S. DOT, Olivia Alair, did not confirm the award Monday, but said the department “will be making official announcements on Thursday” and had no details to pr0vide before then.
I can only guess Rep Scott asked federal transportation officials if he could have a couple minutes of their time to discuss regional transportation, and they responded with “A couple of minutes? Sure, here’s $4.1 Million.”
And thus continues the legacy of major transportation initiatives in Georgia. Yet another study that we can all read while we’re stuck in traffic, or at the airport.