- Last Updated: Thursday, 22 October 2015 15:57
- Written by Admin
Dear Members of Congress from Georgia,
We strongly support three changes to the House's current transportation bill. Please ask your colleagues on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to vote "YES" on the following amendments:
1) Safe Streets amendment, introduced by Representatives Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) and Dina Titus (D-NV). This will require GDOT and metropolitan planning organizations to plan and design for the safety needs of all users—regardless of age, ability, or mode of transportation—in all federally-funded projects. Luckily, GDOT already has a nationally recognized policy on this issue, so this is an easy win for the people of Georgia. Most MPOs in Georgia follow these principles as well, but federal guidelines would make for more consistent and efficient implementation across the state.
2) The amendment from Representatives Rodney Davis (R-IL) and Dina Titus (D-NV) which would direct a larger portion of transportation funds to Georgia's towns and cities and improve the transparency in how local projects are funded. If passed, the Davis-Titus amendment would significantly increase transportation funding at the local level, where decision making should be. Americus, Rome, Carrollton, Athens, Macon, Columbus, Valdosta and Savannah...all of these cities are eager to create safe, family-friendly streets and paved trails that boost economic development and allow people to make healthy choices. Georgia's cities need predictable, locally controlled funds to implement their visions and improve the lives of their citizens.
3) The amendment to expand federal Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) financing eligibility to transit-oriented development (TOD) projects. Nationally, demand for living near transit is projected to double over the next 20 years to over 15 million households and to meet this demand, significant new development near transit stations will be needed. This kind of amendment would make TOD projects in Georgia's larger cities easier by making them eligible for TIFIA financing.
Together these amendments will make Georgia's transportation system safer, smarter, and better served for all modes — all things we will need to stay competitive in a 21st century global economy. We support a transportation system designed to meet tomorrow's needs — not yesterday's.
Please encourage your colleagues on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to vote "YES" on these three amendments.