What’s wrong with transit in Georgia?
Georgia is one of just nine states that does not provide any operating assistance to its public transit operators. In contrast, Florida spends $5.49 per capita, and New York spends the most with $91.88 per capita.
Declining Federal assistance and restrictive state constitutional parameters related to transit have pitted transportation systems and local communities against each other for scarce local funds. The lack of stable transit funding translates into decisions to raise fares and cut services, resulting in a loss of ridership and local support.
As we look to 2018, the following issues emerge as paramount to transit’s future across the state:
- Transit Governance & Funding
- Maximizing Transit Opportunities under the T-SPLOST Provision
- Permanent Motor Fuel Tax Exemption for Transit Systems
- Regional Transportation Planning and Service Coordination
To learn more about GTA’s 2018 legislative agenda, click here.
By investing in transportation, Georgia can improve quality of life, environmental impact, economy, and personal mobility. GTA supports consideration of a statewide infrastructure fee which could be used for all modes of transportation, including local streets and roads, sidewalks, bikeways, and transit.
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