I was invited by Politico Magazine to share thoughts on the challenges of Atlanta’s transportation issues yesterday with Mayor Michael Hancock of Denver and former Mayor Dee Dee Corradini of Salt Lake City. Both of the other cities have recently undertaken major transit initiatives. We, of course, had T-SPLOST that failed miserably in the Atlanta area.
That doesn’t mean transportation infrastructure upgrades are off the table. Downtown’s streetcar is powering up today. The Beltline is moving forward. Managed lanes are being added to I-75, 575, and 85. The hell that is the 285 to 400 interchange will be redesigned. That said, traffic is a numbers game, and as I discuss below, it’s one we’re losing on both the growth front and the funding front. As I also say, I’m still optimistic that realistic and cost effective solutions are within our reach.