Transportation Reform in Georgia

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Infrastructure proposal undermines key environmental safeguards

A new proposal put forward by House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster attempts to revive the stalled debate over how to address our country’s massive infrastructure needs. Unfortunately, the proposal also marks the latest assaul...

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Senate Democrats’ Infrastructure Plan is a Move in the Right Direction

Washington, DC—Today, Senate Democrats released an infrastructure plan that would establish robust funding for our nation’s infrastructure, including funding to fix, maintain or upgrade existing systems, as well as real investment in rail, transit,...

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SELC op-ed: Atlanta-region transit at a crossroads

As two bills in the Georgia legislature look to build on Atlanta’s transit progress, Senior Attorney Brian Gist encourages moves that create regional solutions. For too long, a piecemeal approach has allowed for localized improvements that often...

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Amendment to Atlanta’s Regional Transportation Plan raises questions for city’s traffic trajectory

At a time when the Atlanta metro area is reflecting on a notorious overreliance on roads following several highway debacles, conversations at the city, regional, and state level have continued toward building out a more diverse transportation...

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Atlanta traffic woes worsen as other major highways take hits

Over the weekend, several Atlanta residents voiced their concerns in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about the city’s lack of transportation options in light of the I-85 bridge collapse. State Senator Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta), who proposed...

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Report highlights Georgia DOT’s opaque decision-making process

A recent state report criticizes the Georgia Department of Transportation’s process for selecting and prioritizing transportation projects in the state, and raises important questions about the objectivity and transparency of the agency’s process to...

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Building on metro Atlanta’s landmark transportation initiatives

Atlanta has been synonymous with sprawl for decades, but the city’s notorious traffic reputation may finally be changing for the better. On November 8th, voters approved two referenda that will result in a transformative investment in the City of...

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November ballot will have big local impact on Atlanta’s future

Senior Attorney Brian Gist, who leads SELC’s transportation work in Georgia, recently wrote about the significant impact two measures up for a vote Nov. 8 could have on Atlanta’s future. Each referendum establishes funding sources for desperately...

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“MartaMenu” tool lets you tinker with Atlanta’s transit potential

Building momentum around a potential referendum to expand the Atlanta region’s public transportation system, Citizens for Progressive Transit has launched a transportation analysis tool to help users envision a variety of transit options. Using...

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Atlanta groups urge Fulton County leaders to consider transportation alternatives

A coalition of Atlanta conservation and transportation groups is asking the Fulton County Commission and the 14 mayors of cities in Fulton County to consider investing in a range of transportation options rather than building new roads.    SELC,...

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Transit expansion bill passes Georgia legislature

Marking the end of Georgia’s 2016 legislative session, a scaled-down version of a transit expansion bill passed the General Assembly late yesterday. Pending the Governor’s signature, Senate Bill 369 will allow residents of the City of Atlanta to...

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GDOT’s commitment to build multi-use path highlights national shift in transportation demands

At the urging of bike advocate groups and the City of Sandy Springs, the Georgia Department of Transportation has committed to incorporate a multi-use path as part of its reconstruction of the GA 400 and I-285 interchange. The path will allow bikers...

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SELC helps pave the way for historic expansion of Atlanta public transit

With the help of SELC and a coalition of transportation, environmental, and social equity groups, this week’s inaugural launch of bus service for Clayton County marks the first time in over 40 years that a new county has joined MARTA, metro...

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All aboard: Atlanta streetcar begins service

The Atlanta Streetcar is set to welcome its first group of passengers after its inaugural ride and a grand opening ceremony. The streetcar is a loop covering 2.7 miles with 12 stops from Downtown to the Martin Luther King Historic District and...

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Report Finds Link Between Income and Use for Atlanta’s Managed Lanes

As Atlanta increasingly turns to managed highway lanes as a traffic strategy, a new report looks at whether income plays a role in which drivers are using High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes. A Highway for All? Economic Use Patterns for Atlanta’s HOT...

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New Blog Tracks All Things Transportation in Atlanta

The Southern Environmental Law Center today announced the launch of a new blog that digs deep to explain how local, state and federal policies affect transportation and land use in and around Atlanta. The blog, JunctionATL is a must-read for...

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