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Georgia Transit Association

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Please follow the new GTA Public Policy Twitter feed @GTAPolicy to learn about:

  • Trends in GA transit policy
  • Real time updates on legislation as it moves through the legislative process at the Capitol and elsewhere
  • Relevant meeting announcements (e.g., Senate Transportation Committee)
  • Special interest stories from around the state, region and country that highlight the multitude of issues involving transit that include: funding, planning, economic development, job creation and transit impact


    The 2017 Session of the Georgia General Assembly is now in full swing.  Along with initial meetings of both the House and Senate Transportation Committees for procedural and rules purposes, there were two bills of interest that recently dropped.

 

 Please click on the link for more information on GTA's 2017 Legislative Agenda.






Georgia is one of just nine states that does not provide any operating assistance to its public transit operators. Since fiscal year 2012 Georgia has only provided $.29 (down from $.72 in 2003) per capita for direct financial assistance to public transportation. Our neighbor to the South, Florida, by contrast spends $5.49 per capita, and New York spends the most with $91.88 per capita.


The State of Georgia does provide matching funds for Federal Capital and Planning projects. However, declining Federal operating assistance coupled with restrictive state constitutional restrictions on transportation-related user fees have pitted transportation systems and local communities in a struggle for scarce local funds, often generated by unpopular property taxes. The lack of stable sources of funds for transit systems translates into decisions to raise fares and cut services, resulting in a loss of ridership and the self-perpetuating loss of local support.

Our mission is essential to the future health of public transportation in Georgia is the development and promotion of legislative agendas by the GTA. Quality of life, environmental concerns, economic development and personal mobility options are issues that can be greatly enhanced in this state by a balanced approach to transportation investment. The 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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