Welcome to the
Georgia Transit Association

We’ve arrived at the time of year where the Legislative Committee needs your input on issues to include on next year’s legislative agenda.  We would like to gather your input on both the state and federal issues that you’d like to see us pursue this coming year.   

 

Click here to access the form for your input.  Please use it for anything you’d like to convey and email directly back to the Legislative Committee Co-Chairs no later than COB on Thursday, August 31st.  We will then review what we get and consolidate it for the September GTA Board meeting where final decisions will be made on what to adopt for 2018.

 

Legislative Committee Co-Chairs:

John Bayalis: jbayalis@itsmarta.com

Robert Hiett: rhiett@threeriversrc.com

Scott Haggard: shaggard@atlantaregional.com

 

If you would rather email us directly with item descriptions sans form, that is fine as well.

 

Many thanks and we look forward to working with each of you on your needs!

                                                                                                                                            

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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