Friday, March 2, 2012
Last Wednesday, LOCUS President Chris Leinberger and I traveled throughout the Atlanta metropolitan region meeting with political and business leaders to lend support for the upcoming Transportation Investment Act referendum and to advocate for public transportation’s unique role as a driver of the region’s economic development.
In 2010, Georgia lawmakers passed the Transportation Investment Act, which calls for a statewide vote to raise local sales taxes by one cent in order to fund mass transit, road, and other transportation projects in the state. The legislation divides the state into 12 regions and allows elected officials from each region to choose certain transportation projects to be funded by the tax. Currently, regions are compiling their list of transportation projects to be considered for the referendum.
We were joined by Ray Christman, Director of the Livable Communities Coalition, at a Georgia Passenger Rail Coalition sponsored presentation on the latest trends in real estate and how demographic shifts are pushing demand toward transit-oriented, walkable development, which is the next critical component of metro Atlanta’s economic development portfolio.