And the timing couldn’t be worse. Last month, Ray LaHood, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, came to Georgia where he criticized the state’s lack of planning and development of transit and rail.Yes sir, just the people I want running MARTA... Of course, what did we think would happen when we put a road builder in charge of the DOT? This would all be comical if it weren't so sad.
Georgia already is being scrutinized closely in Congress for sitting on $87 million in federal funds that are supposed to have gone towards building a passenger rail line between Atlanta and Lovejoy (or preferably Griffin or Macon). The state has been told that it will lose those dollars if it doesn’t move forward with the project.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Saporta: DOT moving backward on transit
I missed this last week. Maria Saporta reported that new GDOT commissioner Vance Smith has moved the "Intermodal Division" to the "Intermodal Programs" of the Engineering Division.