What are your priorities for Atlanta transportation? The Atlanta Regional Roundtable wants to know. Their online survey asks a number of questions related to Atlanta Traffic and they want your feedback. The Atlanta Traffic Survey ends May 20, so go online now to make your voice heard.
Did you know that the Transportation Investment Act of 2010 created the opportunity for Atlantans to vote on a penny sales tax to support transportation improvements throughout the Atlanta region? All funds raised through this penny sales tax stay in the 10-county region (Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties) and are used to support a wide range of projects to combat congestion.
Did you know that 70 percent of the region’s transportation funding is spent to maintain existing roads and systems? That leaves little room for expansion, which means that as the region grows, congestion will worsen. However, the Transportation Investment Act can inject critical funds to maintain our region’s competitive advantage.
How it works is pretty cool, because you get to have input! The Transportation Investment Act calls for the formation of a Regional
Roundtable, made up of county commissioners and mayors from all counties. Projects to be considered for funding by the referendum have been submitted by local governments throughout the region. Georgia Department of Transportation’s Planning Director considers these submissions as he creates and delivers an unconstrained list to the Roundtable. With input from residents, the Roundtable will work through the summer and fall of 2011 to select a list of regionally significant, priority transportation projects that could realistically be funded with the sales tax revenue over a 10-year period. The list will include transit, roads, safety, pedestrian and bike improvements and technology updates and will be finalized in October 2011. In July 2012, residents will decide
whether or not to approve a penny sales tax to support these projects.
So, fill out the survey and let your voice be heard! Where do you think the worst traffic in Atlanta is? Do you think traffic is better or worse since the Atlanta real estate downturn?