Georgia has been trapped in a continuous loop of old transportation ideas and ever-expanding roads. The lack of long-term planning has harmed the environment, cost our region jobs, and needlessly kept us away from our families.
Last summer’s historic T-SPLOST vote gave us one opportunity to transform our current transportation system statewide. Because that plan failed to pass, we have to go back to the drawing board because the transportation problems we face have not gone away.
It is more critical than ever that transportation be at the forefront of the legislature’s priorities, not only because it impacts our daily quality of life, but because our neighboring states are aggressively planning for their transportation futures and leaving us behind in the race for job creation, economic development, and environmental sustainability.
To truly move forward, we have to admit that we cannot pave our way out of the current crisis, and we must embrace a robust variety of transportation options. Jason is working to bring together the interested parties to find workable solutions to this critical problem.
It’s time for a fresh start, and we can lead the way.
Expanding Transit Alternatives In Our District
Traffic congestion costs us billions of dollars each year in fuel costs and lost productivity. To get people out of their cars, we must increase transit alternatives by allowing MARTA the flexibility it needs to expand its network of buses and trains. Further, we must maintain and build new sidewalks and invest in new bike lanes and pedestrian paths.
The ability to expand transportation within our district depends upon having real funding solutions at the state level. Jason will continue to work to ensure that transportation planning in District 42 is integrated with regional transit and economic development.
Developing Innovative Transportation Solutions For Our State
For decades, metro Atlanta has been the most important transportation center in the South. But we are in danger of letting that status slip away. Georgia recently lost out on millions of dollars in federal transportation funding because we have no plan for high speed rail. Meanwhile, neighboring states like Florida and North Carolina invested in progressive transportation solutions and are now reaping the benefits.
If Georgia is going to compete for new jobs and other resources, we need a transportation plan that goes beyond expanding our existing highways, and we need leadership in the legislature to ensure long-term funding mechanisms at the state and federal levels. Jason will continue to work with state, regional, and local leaders, as well as the federal government, to develop smart initiatives to reduce gridlock, high speed rail links between Georgia’s cities, and intermodal transit hubs.