Amazon has listed access to transit as a condition for a $5 billion second headquarters that could eventually employ 50,000. Could this be the push elected officials and politicians have been waiting for to develop real transit solutions? Atlanta was rated as the worst city for transportation reaching no-car households, according to research by the… [Read More]
Republicans down at the Capitol are angling to become champions of public transit. What’s going on? This doesn’t exactly strike me as a bread and butter Republican issue. While there are strong economic development arguments to be made for investing in public transit, Republicans tend to shy away from anything with the word “public” attached… [Read More]
The legislative session has begun! For the next several months, our elected legislators will be drafting, vetting and voting on new laws. GOP leaders in both the House and the Senate have already begun talking up their legislative priorities. The first week is mostly ceremonial, but priorities are beginning to emerge. Expect that some leaders are also… [Read More]
Today we’re looking at public transit — can Georgia thrive without an expansion of Georgia transit? Will Republicans learn to love trains or are we doomed to a future of roads-only policy? You can Subscribe and Listen to the podcast on iTunes, and be sure to leave us a rating and review! Making Atlanta more attractive to more… [Read More]
Georgia just announced the recipients of $75 million in grant money for transit projects. Included in the list of projects is upgraded signage for MARTA, electric buses for UGA, bus service expansion in Cobb and new hybrid-electric buses for Athens-Clarke County. This is still a drop in the bucket compared to the $1 billion last… [Read More]
The final progressive victory of this year’s legislative session came yesterday with a veto of the disastrous “Campus Carry” bill, which would have legalized guns on college campuses throughout the state. Gov. Deal’s veto announcement came just before his deadline to sign or veto bills passed during the surprisingly successful 2016 session, which ended in… [Read More]
Let’s take a moment to celebrate. MARTA is one step closer to getting $2.5 billion, funded by a half penny sales tax in Atlanta, after Gov. Deal signed the much-heralded measure into law last Tuesday. The compromise measure, which still must go before voters as a referendum before going into effect, focuses narrowly on the… [Read More]
Gov. Deal’s State of the State address Wednesday delivered what we’ve come to expect from this Governor’s office: more of the same. Just like every year before, Gov. Deal used his annual speech to showcase a Georgia that works for Gov. Deal and his buddies, but nobody else.
House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (D-Atlanta) tells WABE reporter Denis O’Hayer that public transit is a critical part of Georgia’s future. She also notes that when businesses like Mercedes choose to locate near MARTA stations, they aren’t doing it for partisan reasons.