Category: Transportation

Speaker David Ralston Attends Infrastructure Announcement

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston attended President Donald Trump’s announcement yesterday on his commitment to infrastructure improvements across America. As Charlie touches on in his column yesterday, Georgia is positioned to benefit from the President’s focus on state-centered infrastructure solutions. President Trump’s budget is a practice of federalism where states are responsible for creating their

State Centered Infrastructure Plan Is Good For Georgia

This week’s Courier Herald column: President Donald Trump is scheduled to release his infrastructure plan in Washington this week. While the exact particulars weren’t available until after deadline, the Associated Press has released enough of an outline that shows what is in the plan, and what isn’t. There’s a very specific theme in the plan

Georgia Passenger Rail A Big And Complex Hurdle

This week’s Courier Herald column: With the legislative focus on transit solutions for the metro Atlanta area, the topic of intercity rail throughout the state is also receiving renewed discussion. It seems logical, as the discussion presenting the real potential of extending passenger rail beyond Atlanta’s inner core could lead to a network connecting Georgia’s

Fulton Judge Allows MARTA To Proceed With Privatization Of Paratransit

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Shawn LaGrua has overturned an arbitrator’s ruling that MARTA’s 2015 decision to privatize paratransit services to the elderly and disabled.  Under the direction of MARTA’s board and former CEO Keith Parker, MARTA concluded that it was preferable to privatize some non-core functions in order to streamline costs and/or improve service. 

Georgia Ready For Luck With Transit

This week’s Courier Herald column: Five years ago, it wasn’t easy to engage folks at Georgia’s Capitol in a serious conversation about transportation. The sting of loss from 2012’s transportation referendums in most regions of the state – especially congested Atlanta – was still relatively fresh. Money in the state budget was still tight. Teachers

Non-Atlanta Fultonians: TONIGHT You Can Lead the MARTA Expansion Discussion

Should we or shouldn’t we? If you have an opinion on MARTA extending it’s reach to the nether regions of Fulton County and reside in the county but not Atlanta , tonight marks the first night you can give elected officials your thoughts. Four meetings are scheduled throughout Fulton (dates and locations below) as part