Atlanta takes a hard look at improving transportation
As the population in Atlanta continues to grow, residents have become more and more restless when it comes to their preferred form of transportation. This has been a constant concern for Atlanta residents as the streets in the early 2000s were crumbling at one point.
In response to this concern, the Mayor at the time, Shirley Franklin, proposed her “Pothole Posse.” This policy addressed neglected pothole areas. Residents were able to call and direct officials to where street damage needed repair. By fixing the potholes, transportation became a little bit easier for Atlanta commuters. The program has become such a success that Shirley is considered a hero among Atlanta residents.
As of today, the city is now looking to take a more serious approach towards the lack of transportation. The population continues to grow, but available forms of transportation continue to be little to non-existent. There is currently a bus system; however, many residents will tell you the local bus system is in need of improvement.
According to the Marietta Daily Journal, there might be hope for a Department of Transportation. The Atlanta City Council has requested that the Public Works Department look into the possibility of creating Atlanta’s very first such department.
Councilman Andre Dickson has come up with a solution stating that “the city’s transportation needs are not clearly consolidated under any single department of the city,” according to the Marietta Daily Journal. A study would come in handy and give the council and city officials the ability to analyze how other cities are helping their residents get around. It would also help Atlanta attract more visitors and, in return, cause a larger annual city payout.
A study would take place to assist the Atlanta City Council in analyzing how a well-organized Department of Transportation would operate in the city of Atlanta. It would also help evaluate how other major cities approach planning and how they handle transportation-related matters.
If a Department of Transportation is created, a selection of roadway, transit and other responsibilities currently scattered between various city departments would be combined. Having such a department would cost the city a few million dollars. However, it would also help the city make more of a profit to help daily commuters have an easier way of getting back and forth to desired areas. The improved situation would also fund new jobs for residents in need of additional income.
A department that specifically handles transportation would help create a game plan to offer more transportation opportunities. It would be able to take care of the routes, times, vehicles used and how much the fares would be. Furthermore, it would oversee improving the already tumultuous bus system.
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