Atlanta Transportation Plans Ready for Votes

Which aspects of the regional transportation projects may underwhelm following months of compromise? Ariel Hart examines the plans, which serve both "mobility" and "political ends."
October 16, 2011, 5am PDT | Judy Chang
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"Todd Long, the state's transportation planning director, conceded that the list was 'not anywhere near complete' from a mass transit perspective and 'not a fix-all' for roads either, though it opens some important bottlenecks.

'It's the start of transformative,' Long said. 'We said at the beginning we need infusions over a long period of time, not just 10 years. Atlanta has not been underfunded for 10 years, but for a lot longer than that.'

He and others also stressed that the list will combine with the regular budget for projects, as well as toll projects that are coming on line, such as new lanes along I-75 and I-575 in Cobb and Cherokee Counties."

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Published on Saturday, October 15, 2011 in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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