Power Breakfast: Transit projects in your future, gas prices, air traffic controllers, taxes, debt ceiling

For the first time, there’s a wish list that reflects metro Atlanta thinking as a region when it comes to transportation, AJC reporter Ariel Hart writes.

Local governments had until March 30 to submit their wish lists. The Atlanta Regional Commission put them together in one batch of 436 projects, and handed the list over to the state transportation planning director for his review, Hart writes. In summer, a regional group will choose the final projects.

The pool of projects submitted Friday is far from final, Hart writes. It still must endure state scrutiny and debate on the regional level before it is cut to an affordable size and goes to voters, who will decide whether the projects are worth a 1-cent sales tax for a decade. That tax could raise $8 billion, Hart reports.

Metro Atlanta commuters won’t know until this fall which projects make the final list for the 2012 referendum.

If you hit this link you will go to a list of some of the projects.

Hart tells me all of the projects can be seen by hitting this link.

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4 comments Add your comment

Native Atlantan

April 18th, 2011
7:11 am

When does the growth stop? When I have to get up and drive to work on Sunday morning to get there by Monday morning?

Aquagirl

April 18th, 2011
8:06 am

$123 million to “rehab” MARTA escalators and elevators? Please tell me that’s a typo. For that amount we could install stairs and hire personal attendants to carry everyone up and down.

TnGelding

April 19th, 2011
4:47 am

Dream on! Most of it will never happen in this “progressive” state.

both

April 19th, 2011
10:34 am

MARTA supposedly has all this available capital in the 50% they can’t spend on operations. Yet they dump all these minor (not in $) capital upgrades items onto the new tax? Much like Atlanta trying to balance their budget by putting $452 million of sidewalk work into the new tax.

I want to support the tax, but the politicians seem to be thinking this is just another way to fund current operations and aren’t going to make many real improvements..