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Old 01-05-2010, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Augusta, GA ''The fastest rising city in the southeast''
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The first report from the state's new transportation planning director warns Georgia's cities such as Augusta, Athens and Savannah will get more congested and that moving freight from the ports will get harder unless new funding sources aren't found soon.

It calls for additional resources equivalent to a 1 percent sales tax statewide, in addition to "a robust approach to tolls" and networks of managed lanes and transit. Doing so could allow that state to capture up to $480 million in economic benefit and 425,000 new jobs over the next 20-30 years. Among other things, the report forecasts a shrinkage of one-third in the number of people in metro Atlanta who can reach an employment center in 45 minutes, increased congestion in the state's second-tier cities and heightened difficulty in moving freight from the Savannah ports.

From the 1960s through most of the 1980s, Georgia consistently invested more of its total state economic output into transportation infrastructure than the rest of the United States. But that started changing in the late 1980s and early 1990s, just as population and economic output began surging. As the report puts it, "Georgia's investment posture began to resemble a company pursuing a ... harvest strategy (i.e., relying on past investment success rather than actively preparing for the future.)"

And, the report says, since capacity did not expand to keep up with growth from 1985 to 2005, traffic congestion began overwhelming the network. By the late 1990s, Atlanta's metro area was developing a reputation for congestion and air quality issues. While Georgia was "harvesting," its competitor states were aggressively building infrastructure. By 2006, state and local governments in Georgia combined invested only $380 per person (excluding bonds) in transportation.

That was about half the national average and far less than Texas ($730 per person), Florida ($730 per person), Virginia ($630 per person) and North Carolina ($500). In fact, across the entire country, only Tennessee invests fewer dollars per capita ($354) than Georgia. How are other states managing it? "They draw on more sources by employing expansive toll programs, toll credits and sales taxes and license and tag fees dedicated to transportation. By contrast, Georgia really only uses motor-fuel taxes," the report says.

Report warns Georgia cities that transportation problems loom 010510 - The Augusta Chronicle

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Old 01-05-2010, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Murrayville, Georgia
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What is the percentage that you pay in state taxes now?
Do you think the additional 1% would be used solely for infrastructure inprovements?
If so (or not) do you agree with it?
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Old 01-07-2010, 08:37 PM
 
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More let's panic. Let's raise revenue for some "good idea" that will do this or that blah, blah. Georgia government needs to get along with less. Perhaps industries ought to not focus on the Atlanta area and think in terms of other parts of the state.

Right now, fear is selling. I'd love to see some commonsense selling.
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Old 01-10-2010, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Augusta, GA ''The fastest rising city in the southeast''
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Im trying to figure out why I-3 or I-14 hasn't started construction?
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Old 01-10-2010, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Athens
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Having traveled extensively in many of those states that outspend Georgia, on a per capita basis, I really don't see much difference in the infrastructure, or traffic.
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Old 01-10-2010, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Port Wentworth (North)
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Im trying to figure out why I-3 or I-14 hasn't started construction?
• Inclusion of the study of Interstate 3 from Savannah to Knoxville – GDOT requested it be in the TIP since it is part of SAFETEA-LU. This is only a study at this time.

http://www.thempc.org/documents/PC/M...%204-30-09.pdf

There has not been a decision made about this road by the DOT. It is only a dream. GDOT is wanting to fund new roads with tolls!

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