5:34 am July 28, 2011, by Henry Unger
The Atlanta Regional Commission approved the region’s 30-year plan to spend $60.9 billion on transportation projects and manage growth, AJC reporter Ariel Hart writes.
That transportation list is unrelated to the list being drawn up for a sales tax referendum next year.
ARC updates the plan every three or four years and last did so in 2007, Hart reports. Since then it has had to cut $7 billion from the plan as revenue continued to shrink. Those cuts included road and highway projects.
The region is expected to be home to 8.3 million people by the year 2040, according to ARC. The new plan spends billions of local, state and federal dollars on road widening and mass transit, and it aims to manage the expected population growth by choosing those projects in a coordinated way.
The plan passed overwhelmingly, but Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed voted against it, saying it didn’t spend enough on mass transit, Hart reports.
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