Georgia Transit Association (GTA) urges passage of SB 22, establishing the Georgia Coordinating Council for Rural and Human Services Transportation, which would maximize coordination between multiple state agencies that provide these services.
GTA requests passage of HB 255, 2009 legislation to allow individual income tax credits up to $300 per taxpayer for qualified personal mass transportation expenditures.
GTA supports legislation and funding to move the state toward a comprehensive, regionalized transportation planning process with the establishment of regional planning districts statewide.
2010 Federal Legislative Agenda
SAFETEA-LU Reauthorization - Federal Appropriations for Transit
The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) will be reauthorized by Congress in 2009 or 2010. Georgia continues to seek federal appropriations for bus acquisition.
These statewide earmarks especially benefit smaller systems that have not been able to obtain federal discretionary bus money on their own on a regular basis. In addition, many smaller urban transit systems, including Augusta, Columbus, and Savannah, have transitioned into a new category serving populations of 200,000 or more and as a result, are now precluded from using federal funds for operational purposes.
GTA urges the Georgia Congressional Delegation to support reauthorization of SAFETEA-LU and to work for continued increases in guaranteed funding for transit formula programs and earmarks for Georgia transit providers in both urban and rural areas of our state. GTA also requests that the delegation support a provision allowing smaller transit systems to use federal transit program funds for operational purposes.