Board members of the Georgia Department of Transportation voted Thursday to move forward with the bidding process for what the DOT called the first large project funded through the Transportation Investment Act (TIA). TIA has been commonly referred to as T-SPLOST, or Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.
A Florida-based airline has announced that it is pulling out of the Macon market before its planned flights from the central Georgia city to Atlanta's airport had started. Fort Lauderdale-based Sun Air International told Georgia transportation officials that challenges with pilot recruiting and training and establishing maintenance bases contributed to its decision.
Georgia roads will be getting more sidewalks and bike lanes. The state's transportation board voted this week to adopt a so-called "Complete Streets" policy. The plan requires bike and pedestrian accomodations on new highways depending on their size, location and traffic flow.
After weeks of debate, Congress agreed to a two-year plan to fund the nation’s transportation projects. The agreement allots 54 Billion dollars a year to transportation. It came just one day shy of the Saturday night deadline for current funding to run out.
The Ku Klux Klan wants to “adopt” a stretch of highway in North Georgia to clean up litter. The Georgia Department of Transportation is deciding whether to grant the controversial group’s application amid concerns about freedom of speech.
Transportation officials in Georgia are unveiling a newly designed inclement weather section of their website. The new winter weather page went live Thursday. Chairman Rudy Bowen says the new webpage will help the department immediately update the public on road conditions.
The state Department of Transportation is investing more than 2 million dollars in storm preparation. The money is going toward buying and updating snow and ice removal equipment, computerized maps, and mobile devices for snow equipment operators.
The chairman of the Georgia Department of Transportation says Commissioner Vance Smith has resigned. State Transportation Board Chairman Rudy Bowen says he accepted Smith's resignation on Wednesday. The Columbus, Ga., native served as a state representative from 1993 until he was elected DOT commissioner in 2009.
Project wish lists for Georgia’s 12 transportation regions are almost complete. In 2012, voters will decide whether to pay a penny sales tax to fund the work. The process of whittling-down the lists -- and convincing voters to support them -- is a challenge for municipalities trying to serve voters locally, and support the region.
$270 million in federal loans will fund one of the state’s largest-ever transportation contracts. The type of project is what one state lawmaker calls the future of transportation building in Georgia. By adding toll lanes, the Northwest Corridor project could relieve congestion on a 30-mile stretch of Interstates 75 and 575 north of Atlanta. It’s a public-private partnership that could cost up to $1 billion. The public’s share would be about a third of that amount.