Georgia is preparing to spend millions of dollars on a plan to
reduce traffic in the Atlanta area, The
Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Sept. 9. Much of the plan will focus
on bus and train lines to reduce the number of cars moving into the state
capital from outlying areas.
Included in the projects is an 11-county express bus service and a
commuter rail line planned from Atlanta to Macon and Griffin. Part of the plan
will be paid for out of general state revenue, but more than $300 million in
loans will be backed by motor fuel tax money, the newspaper reported.
According to a release from the governor, other funds will go both
to local streets in heavy traffic areas, and to highways throughout the region.
Highways included in the plan are state Route 17 in Franklin County; state
Route 87 in Bleckley County; state Route 67 in Jenkins County; and state Route
3 and U.S. 19 in Schley County.
About $900 million total will be spent specifically on congestion
mitigation projects, the governor’s office said.