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Press Conference to Support Commuter Rail in Georgia - This Thursday!

Last week, it came to light that a wayward legislator almost robbed Georgia of our first commuter rail service: a train line from Atlanta to Lovejoy, GA, a very exciting change for traffic-weary Georgians. Join Sierra Club, Citizens for Progressive Transit and others for a press conference this Thursday:

Thursday, April 27, 2006
11:45 am - 12:45 pm
GA State Capitol steps/Washington St. side
All supporters of more trains in Georgia are needed!

AJC Guest Editorial: State should detour taxes away from roads

By Lee Biola
Published on: 04/24/06

Raising taxes for more and bigger roads is not the way to solve Atlanta\'s traffic problems.

In 2007, road lobbyists will probably seek to increase taxes for roads, possibly through sales taxes, which would widen the spending gap between roads and other transportation choices.

The chairman of Georgia\'s transportation board, David Doss, said in a speech to the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce that the state needs more money to build even more roads.

Citizens Call for Legislator who undermined Georgia’s Commuter Rail System to Come forward

Citizens for Progressive Transit and the Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club call for the legislator or legislators who were responsible for inserting language into the state Budget delaying implementation of Georgia’s Commuter Rail system to identify themselves.

MARTA Oversight Committee approves MARTA funding bill

SB 115 passed out of the Georgia House of Representatives MARTA Oversight Committee (MARTOC) unanimously this afternoon.

The bill would allow MARTA to continue spending 55% of its sales tax revenue on Operations costs.

The bill next goes to the House Rules committee before going to a full vote in the Georgia House of Representatives. Because amendments have been made, the bill will have to return to the Georgia Senate for approval before it can go to the Governor for signature.

Do we have a choice?

This week, the Georgia Department of Transportation launched a drawing contest / highway apology for fifth graders. To quote from the contest description, because it speaks for itself...

Transit Planning Board begins work

Thursday February 16 was the first meeting of the new regional Transit Planning Board (TPB), a group that, needless to say, we will want to keep a pretty close eye on.

The meeting was held at the GSU Andrew Young school right by the Five Points station. This is not, however, the regular place -- it was reported that the location would rotate between the various TPB sponsors. Let\'s hope that quality transit access is a given for any location.

TAQC approves Congestion Mitigation Task Force recommendations

The Atlanta Regional Commission’s (ARC) Transportation & Air Quality Committee (TAQC) approved the Congestion Mitigation Task Force (CMTF) recommendations this morning. The CMTF recommendations will make project selection factors such as safety, environment, and connectivity secondary to automobile speed.

An amendment was made which renews the ARC’s commitment to a multimodal system. The TAQC passed the resolution with the amendment. Nevertheless, as Mayor Franklin stated, we still do not have a good picture how the CMTF recommendations will affect transportation projects.

Environmental emergency in Bogota, Atlanta at a turning point

According to authorities in Bogota, last year 6,000 people died from the extremely poor air quality. Yesterday, on the eighth city-wide car free day, Mayor Luis Eduardo Garzon announced measures to combat air pollution, including decreasing the length of emissions certificates for private vehicles from 2 years to 1 and for public transportation from 1 year to six months.

Car-Free Day in Bogota, Colombia

Today was Bogota, Colombia\'s eighth Car-Free Day. This initiative promoting a new way of experiencing the city was initiated in 2000 by then-mayor Enrique Penalosa, and approved by a wide margin in a voter referendum. And when I say wide margin -- keep in mind 75% of Bogotanos use public transportation as their only means of getting around. Here that\'s no cause for pity, though buses are so plentiful that the city government has been trying to get rid of thousands of them since the official transit system, TransMilenio, was built.
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