I mean, this is the guy who said of commuter rail funding, "I have done my part and will continue to bring federal money home to the people of Atlanta." That guy surely did everything possible to get the administration to fund this ready-to-go project, right? Anyway, I'm really glad we keep sending him back to Washington to fight for the things that are important to Atlanta, since that is working out so well for us.
Requisite sad panda at right. There really isn't a whole lot to say. Who did get funding? Cities who could contribute their own funds to the projects. From regional transportation sales taxes.
A transportation official in Atlanta noted that one of the likely winners that leaked out early, Tucson, Ariz., was paying more local money for its project's capital costs than Atlanta. Where Atlanta's application would put no local money toward the streetcar's construction, Tucson planned to pay a large portion of the building costs of its streetcar project itself, from a half-cent regional transportation tax.Last weekend I ran into an old friend who lobbies the state for transportation and infrastructure issues - he told me I was to young to feel like it was too late for Atlanta to catch up with other metro areas when it comes to infrastructure and transportation. I'd LOVE to feel hopeful about things, but lately it is really, really hard.
Can anybody disabuse me of this notion?