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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

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

Voters in all but three regions across the state said an emphatic “no” to paying an additional one-cent sales tax for transportation projects.

Published Date: September 5, 2012

A new report by The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) shows that the nation’s cities and their metro areas continue to make steady progress toward economic recovery, while sounding a warning alarm that failure to dramatically increase investment in transportation infrastructure could cause skyrocketing costs to families, commuters and businesses, potentially doubling over the next decade.

Published Date: July 27, 2012

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently announced that the Obama Administration is eliminating 46 regulations on traffic signs to provide more flexibility for state and local governments.The deadlines requiring that certain street name signs be replaced by 2018 to meet minimum retroreflectivity standards and requiring larger lettering on those street name signs are among the deadlines that will be eliminated.

Published Date: May 15, 2012

A critical component to enhancing Georgia’s appeal as an attractive state to live, work and play is connectivity.

Published Date: May 9, 2012

Georgia grouped among 26 states that fail to measure whether business tax credits, exemptions, and deductions deliver what is promised.

Published Date: April 27, 2012

Q&A from Ask GMA.

Published Date: April 3, 2012

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently announced that a new report on the state of America's transportation infrastructure points to a sizeable gap between current spending and projected levels of investment needed to maintain the nation's highway and transit systems.

Published Date: March 29, 2012

Nearly 90 percent of the jobs in the sectors that benefit most from infrastructure spending are middle-class jobs.

Published Date: March 23, 2012

Federal transportation rules require local governments to establish and implement a sign maintenance program addressing minimum sign retroreflectivity requirements by January 22, 2012.

Published Date: February 27, 2012

Q&A from Ask GMA.

Published Date: February 9, 2012

Rural communities across America are working to strengthen their economies, provide better quality of life to residents, and build on assets such as traditional main streets, agricultural and working lands, and natural resources.

Published Date: January 11, 2012

U.S. infrastructure has fallen from first place in the World Economic Forum's 2005 economic competitiveness ranking to number 15 today.

Published Date: August 16, 2011

Q&A from Ask GMA.

Published Date: August 4, 2011

During the 2011 Legislative Session, the General Assembly passed legislation, Senate Bill 240, creating a definition for “personal transportation vehicle” in Title 40 of the Official Code of Georgia, dealing with motor vehicles. The new definition greatly overlaps with an existing definition in the same Title of the Code for “motorized cart.”

Published Date: August 3, 2011

Deteriorating surface transportation infrastructure will cost the American economy more than 870,000 jobs, and suppress the growth of the country's Gross Domestic Product by $3.1 trillion by 2020.

Published Date: July 27, 2011

Q&A from Ask GMA.

Published Date: August 12, 2010

Beginning July 1, 2010, the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Local Assistance Road Program (LARP) and the State-Aid program were phased out.

Published Date: July 14, 2010

House Bill 77, which passed the General Assembly in 2008, now requires every city that currently maintains or wishes to install an automated intersection traffic enforcement camera seek a permit from the Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) and to comply with DOT procedures in doing so.

Published Date: December 3, 2008

People need walkable communities where sidewalks, trails, and street crossings are safe, accessible, and comfortable for people of all ability levels. 

Published Date: July 24, 2008

The Housing + Transportation Affordability Index, developed by the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) and its collaborative partners, the Center for Transit Oriented Development (CTOD), is an innovative tool that measures the true affordability of housing.

Published Date: May 1, 2008

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