Transportation taxes

2:00 pm Jan. 26, 2015

The Georgia General Assembly is deep in discussions about adding transportation revenue through new taxes. Even Republicans seem to agree something must be done to raise more than $1.5 billion annually to pay for the upkeep of our aging infrastructure. But the idea of new taxes still rankles some fiscal conservatives, such as today’s lead columnist. And while we’re on the topic of new taxes for projects to move people,

In a bind for transportation dollars

2:00 pm Jan. 19, 2015

Moderated By Tom Sabulis

A state House study committee recently filed its final report on whether Georgia should allow driverless cars on its roads. It recommended that the state take a wait-and-see approach; there are simply too many unknowns about the technology. A Fayette County commissioner today writes about what should come next. In our lead column, a conservative policy advocate weighs in on the tough choices needed to raise transportation

MARTA expansion

3:00 pm Dec. 15, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

MARTA is proposing a light rail line to serve the busy Clifton Road Corridor, home to Emory University, the CDC and the Atlanta VA hospital, among others. At a recent information session for residents, citizens were cautiously receptive to the project, which would run from the Lindbergh MARTA rail station southeast along Clifton to the Avondale station. If anything, the consensus wanted to see more tunneling near

MARTA, northern suburbs and streetcar

2:27 pm Dec. 8, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

The mayor of Sandy Springs today expands on recent comments following the departure of World Pay for Atlanta. He writes of the need to take advantage of MARTA’s presence, because young workers value public transportation. Also, the developer of Avalon in Alpharetta urges the region’s leaders to bring MARTA farther north in Fulton County. Finally, the chief operating officer of the Atlanta Streetcar weighs in on the

Fuel, Forsyth and our future

1:30 pm Dec. 1, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

As a committee of state legislators wraps up its report on transportation infrastructure funding, we hear from a trucking industry leader who breaks down what he calls the unfair local tax that hurts both freight haulers and the state’s coffers. Also, a Forsyth County commissioner writes how local voters approved a $200 millon transportation bond. Finally, a road builder urges Congress to fix the bleeding Highway Trust

The speed trap state?

1:34 pm Nov. 10, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

AJC reporter Andria Simmons recently documented how some local governments in Georgia are reaping huge rewards from traffic enforcement. Several metro Atlanta cities are collecting hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars per year — and many times more than the state average for per capita revenue. In today’s pro/con, the head of a police chiefs organization argues with the AJC’s methodology and focus, while a

Clayton MARTA: Vote yes or no?

11:18 am Nov. 3, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Transportation history will be made on election day Tuesday in Clayton County, one way or the other. Residents are being asked to vote “yes” or “no” on raising the county’s sales tax to eight percent in order to join MARTA. If approved, MARTA will expand outside its core counties for the first time and begin providing bus service as early as March; the agency also pledges to

MARTA’s impending expansion

4:00 pm Oct. 20, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

My column today deals with the ramifications of a “yes” vote to increase the sales tax in Clayton County by one penny to join MARTA. At a recent meeting, Clayton and MARTA leaders predicted a big majority in favor of MARTA on election day, and what that could mean for metro Atlanta. In our second column, a former director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety writes

Driverless cars: What to watch for

1:49 pm Oct. 6, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Lawmakers in various states including Georgia are trying to get their heads around the rapidly accelerating technology involving driverless cars. There are a lot of questions: Who will be responsible in case of accidents? How will they interact with standard cars? Today, we offer three columns written by presenters at the first hearing of the Georgia House study committee on autonomous vehicles. They elaborate on their concerns,

Moving speed limits on I-285

2:00 pm Sep. 29, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

On Sunday, north side motorists will discover a higher base speed limit and new variable speed limits on 36 miles of I-285 north of its two interchanges with I-20. The Georgia Department of Transportation says the modifications will help moderate driving speeds in times of tie-ups — slowing everyone down to (hopefully) speed up traffic flow. In our second column, I talk with a Fayette County official