Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has announced that $100 million will be allocated for transit expansion in metro Atlanta as part of his 2019 budget allocations.
The news, reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, comes as the legislature also hammers out funding for mass transportation in the metro.
Counties across the region would have the opportunity to benefit from funding, with additional money possibly supplied through self-taxing.
Funding from the governor’s desk, meanwhile, would be in the form of transit bonds.
The funds would go toward “keeping with the demands of a 21st-century economy and workforce,” according to a statement released by the governor. (Which sounds a bit like “satiating the transit appetite of a massive online retailer.”)
While the allocation has been made public, specifics about how the money will be spent remain a mystery.
Funding could go toward a range of projects, all of which would be subject to voter approval.
And while $100 million is hardly a traffic panacea (Ponce City Market’s renovation, for instance, cost three or four times that amount), it’s a start.
- Georgia governor announces $100 million for transit [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]
- Georgia Legislature lays groundwork for regional transit [Curbed Atlanta]