Georgia’s governmental and business leaders want transportation placed atop next year’s political agenda.

With a flurry of committee meetings, media appearances and op-ed articles, they’re setting the stage for programs to ease metro Atlanta’s congestion, improve decaying infrastructure and replenish funding.

We’ve been here before – metro leaders in 2012 made a concerted effort to pass a 1-cent sales tax that would have raised $7.22 billion over 10 years to fund an ambitious list of metro projects. Despite a barrage of media promotion, voters overwhelmingly rejected the measure.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, already looking at a vote next year on a $150 million to $250 million bond issue to fix the city’s aging roads, bridges and traffic lights, predicted that regional leaders will come up with a new transportation plan in 2015

Reed told a forum in Washington, D.C. sponsored by Politico Magazine that ambitious programs like the defeated T-Splost need time to gain approval, the AJC reported.

However, roads funding wasn’t such a tough sell in the Augusta, Columbus and east-central Georgia regions, which T-SPLOSTS were approved in 2012. Now, those areas are receiving millions while metro Atlanta continues to plan, plan, plan. Perhaps our big-city communications specialists can ask their country cousins for pointers. 

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