Week three of the 2018 session brought forth the first of many expected transportation bills. Georgia is known worldwide for the Atlanta airport and port systems, with this distinction, we must focus largely on ensuring we have the infrastructure in place to adequately support the vital transportation role we play. Connected and efficient is the name of the game as we further develop our transportation systems.
Just last week we broke ground on the largest highway road project in Paulding County history. On January 24th, the Hwy 92 expansion project continued in the right direction with a groundbreaking ceremony as leaders from Paulding and Douglas joined together with Congressman Tom Graves (District 14) at the intersection of Brownsville Road and Sweetwater Church Road along Hwy 92. Read the full article from the Wes Georgia Neighbor
Read the full article from the Douglasville Patch
As we work at the state level on transportation issues, I am also working to keep an eye on local transportation issues affecting West Georgia, specifically Douglas & Paulding Counties. This past week I attended a town hall meeting in Douglas County where citizens turned out in record numbers to voice their concerns on the proposed bus system proposal in Douglasville. If you were unable to attend the town hall meeting, I have included a link to the video presentation of the meeting. My concern, as it has been with all transportation proposal and legislative measures at the state level, is the financial impact to the citizens I represent.
Link to my comments at the Douglas County citizens meeting on the issue of buses in Douglasville.
Link to the Douglasville Patch Story on town hall meeting response from Rep. Micah Gravley and Rep. J. Collins live from the State Capitol.
House Resolution 848
House Resolution 848, which was passed last year, established the House Commission on Transit Governance and Funding. The commission held hearings across the state searching for solutions to current issues we face in regard to infrastructure and transportation. Improving our systems is a must as it will bring further economic development and growth to all areas of our state, including rural areas. Speaking of rural areas....we expect to see a great deal of legislation working towards the revitalization of our state's less populated areas. I will be looking at this legislation closely and reporting back to you as it moves through the committee process.