Below is their response:
Thank you for contacting YOUR Georgia Department of Transportation.It's good to see that MARTA is receiving the help it needs, but road projects take up nearly 2/3 of this $3+ billion list. Commuter rail and transit are barely recognized, when what we need is a massive infusion of investment in these modes of transportation. We do not need to continue feeding the growth of a failed transportation model.
The Georgia Department of Transportation looked at all of the projects that we had out there. We took a thorough look at safety, bridges, intersections, new capacity and maintenance. The biggest driving force in identifying the projects for our list was the 180 day criteria. We identified projects that we considered were ready to go meaning that; environmental approval from FHWA, Right of Way acquisition, designs and plans all would be complete and the project ready to let within 180 days. We had a number of projects that could meet that standard- totaling some $3 billion which we submitted. This is merely a preliminary list and we are still reviewing projects and looking at other considerations before a final decision is made. The Board will also have an active role in our project identification process and intends to solicit input from local governments and our transportation partners as we continue to further develop our list.
December 8, 2008
Aviation $45,344,231 (1.3%)
$61,978,000 (1.8 %)
GRTA (GA Regional Transportation Authority)
GDOT Roadway Projects (Including Maint.)
Again, we thank you for submitting your inquiry to the Georgia DOT. Please continue to contact us with your comments and questions.
Office of Constituency Services