Transportation Reform in Georgia
Decades of sprawling growth and an auto-centric culture have saddled metro Atlanta with some of the most congested roads, dirtiest air, and longest commutes in the country. As part of our regional transportation reform work, SELC is working to steer Georgia away from asphalt-centered transportation policies and toward solutions that strengthen communities, reduce air and water pollution, protect sensitive ecosystems, and decrease global warming emissions.
Opposing a Network of Toll Lanes
SELC is countering a push to develop a network of toll lanes around Atlanta. Among other problems, these toll lanes will restrict access for low-income drivers, place a huge burden on state taxpayers to fill the funding gap left by limited toll revenue and fail to provide a long term transportation.
We are also helping to maximize the performance of the region’s existing transit service. This includes working with state agencies and elected officials to better integrate the region’s disparate transit systems. Various transit service providers operate independently from one another, leading to duplicative service and other inefficiencies. We are exploring solutions to this problem, including legislation and increased coordination by the metropolitan planning organization. And, we are supporting efforts to maximize the development potential around existing transit stations.
Junction ATL: Where Atlanta Transportation & Land Use Meet
In our blog, Junction ATL, SELC’s transportation experts dig deep into the ways local, state, and federal transportation policies affect commuting, land use, and quality of life in and around Atlanta. Check it out!