Power Breakfast: Traffic congestion, unemployment rises, Fulton pay raises, health reform, China, Wal-Mart

I didn’t realize our traffic congestion had improved.

For at least 12 years, the traffic report Urban Mobility ranked Atlanta’s congestion as the nation’s worst or near it, writes AJC reporter Ariel Hart.

But driven by new GPS data, the authors of Urban Mobility say Atlanta actually has the nation’s 10th worst traffic, not its third-worst, Hart reports.

And in 2009, Atlanta’s average commuter wasted only 44 hours a year in traffic jams — down half a dozen hours from previous estimates, Hart writes.

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- Henry Unger, The Biz Beat

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5 comments Add your comment


January 20th, 2011
7:10 am

Fulton has not had raises in over 5+ years. Unlike many other problem Govts Fulton requires since 2000 that all new workers pay into a 401K-based pension, not a traditional pension. Atlanta and other local Govts have traditional pensions which are very costly. Generally those entities also get merit increases; and last year ATL workers rec’d bonuses…and police and fire got raises despite a bad econonomy (where was the gripes then) this paper really is anti-Fulton.


January 20th, 2011
8:46 am

Hey Mr. Unger, Please tell your fellow writer Ariel Hart, that they are a idiot. Hart is bases is story on the use of GPS to get around
traffic but how many people actually use gps when traveling local.
I have lived in the Atlanta area for 50 years and I know for a fact that it’s worse every day. There is no traffic enforcement on the highways. The stop lights on the entrance ramps are a complete waste of money and only create big back ups on the local streets.

Retired State Employee

January 20th, 2011
8:49 am

GM, state employees do not receive merit pay increases. Unlike federal employees state employees do not receive step increases. Pay raises for state employees have to be requested by the governor and approved by the state legislature. State employees have not received a raise since the first year of Perdue’s first term. If an individual takes a state job at 25,000/yr. that individual can conceivably remain at twenty-five thousand for many years unless the state legislature approves a pay increase for state employees. State employees continually clamor and cut each others throats, while making the right managers smile, to get promoted to higher paying jobs within their agencies because they know the pay they received when hired will remain the same unless they get promoted.


January 20th, 2011
9:08 am

Traffic improved because so many people are out of jobs.

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