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Implementing the Transportation Investment Act
A number of resources are available for cities to use as state, city and county officials begin to implement the provisions of HB 277, the Transportation Investment Act.
What You Need to Know About the Transportation Tax
This ten minute online tutorial from the Carl Vinson Institute of Government provides a brief overview of the Transportation Investment Act of 2010.

Project Funding Lists for the twelve Regional Transportation Roundtables
This DOT clearinghouse contains the latest information about the proposed and approved project lists for each of the twelve Regional Transportation Roundtables.
Transportation Investment Act Revenue Estimates Released
The Georgia State Fiscal Economist has released new revenue projections for each of the twelve regional transportation roundtables.  
Georgia DOT Releases Discretionary Fund Estimates
The Transportation Investment Act, stipulates that for each region that passes the regional 1% sales tax in 2012, a portion of the revenues will be designated for discretionary use by local governments within the district based on a “LARP Factor.”

Draft Criteria for Special Tax Districts: Considerations for Local Governments

GMA is advising city officials to consider the following issues before submitting recommendations on DOT's draft criteria for the special tax districts created by HB 277.

DOT Releases Draft Criteria for Regional Transportation Tax
Georgia DOT Planning Director Todd Long recently released the draft regional criteria for investments that can be funded with revenues from a regional transportation tax in 2012.

Most Recent Additions
Federal surface transportation legislation (MAP-21) is set to expire on September 30 but funding for the program is expected to run out as early as July. At 18.4 cents per gallon, the current federal motor fuel tax is not generating enough revenue to keep up with the nation’s infrastructure needs.

Published Date: June 8, 2014

According to state civil engineers, Georgia’s infrastructure has failed to improve over the last five years.

Published Date: January 13, 2014

Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer recently introduced two proposals to provide a fix for the nation’s “infrastructure deficit” by raising additional revenue from drivers.

Published Date: December 10, 2013

What was once an abandoned freight rail line is now a vibrant concrete multi-use path and linear green space that is called the Eastside Trail of the Atlanta BeltLine. It allows walkers, joggers and bicyclists to travel to popular At­lanta destinations like Piedmont Park, Virginia Highland, Poncey-Highland, Inman Park and the Old Fourth Ward.

Published Date: October 8, 2013

As part of its active living initiatives, Decatur has installed signs in strategic areas around the city to help promote walking and take cars off the road. The signs tell how long it will take to walk to activity centers in the city.

Published Date: October 8, 2013

In a 2011 University of Georgia survey of Georgians’ atti­tudes towards bicycling, nine out of 10 people agreed that bicycles provide a reliable, efficient means of transportation for short distance trips and errands. So, why don’t people ride more? In a word: fear.

Published Date: October 8, 2013

Supporters of a new highway that would directly con­nect LaGrange to Macon contend the road could help stir economic development in middle Georgia.

Published Date: October 8, 2013

A new inland port agreement signed in July by Gov. Nathan Deal, the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) and Cordele Intermodal Services (CIS) will create and expand international markets for regional business.

Published Date: October 8, 2013

Last year, three out of 12 regions in the state passed a referendum allowing for an additional 1 cent sales tax for transportation projects. Collections of the tax start­ed in January and in March counties and cities within those regions began receiving their share – 25 percent – of the funds collected from the tax. While the overall amount the regions expected to collect are down, city officials say the additional revenue has been a boon to transportation projects.

Published Date: October 8, 2013

Bill Floyd, former mayor of Decatur, Georgia, talks about how city government leaders can work effectively with school boards and superintendents. A big part of it, he says, is getting the right people to run for the school board.

Published Date: June 12, 2013

Cathy Woolard, former Atlanta City Council president, talks about what good leaders do when they find a great idea . . . and what she did when she became aware of a transformative idea for Atlanta, the BeltLine.

Published Date: May 15, 2013

The National Association of City Transportation Officials recently released the second edition of the Urban Bikeway Design Guide, a toolkit for designing safer streets for bicyclists.

Published Date: October 25, 2012

Walkable 101: The Walkability Workbook is a free set of documents and slide presentations providing guidance on everything needed to organize community walkability workshops, conduct walkability audits and prioritize changes for a better built environment.

Published Date: September 11, 2012

Cities looking to attract young professionals would do well to examine their transportation infrastructure and policy, as for the first time since WW II, Americans, particularly young people ages 16-34, are driving less and using alternative forms of transportation more, according to the April 2012 report Transportation and the New Generation: Why Young People Are Driving Less and What It Means for Transportation Policy.

Published Date: September 5, 2012

On July 6, President Barak Obama signed a two-year bill authorizing federal transportation programs following several years of negotiations on Capitol Hill and 10 extensions of SAFETEA-LU, which expired in September 2009.

Published Date: September 5, 2012

Organizations & Other Online Resources