Atlanta ranks as one of the worst commutes in the country and most Atlantans have no realistic choice but to drive their cars to work. Traffic is choking Atlanta figuratively and literally -- Atlanta ranks in the 10 worst cities in America for asthma incidence in children.
For years, the Republican-controlled Legislature has failed to come up with transportation funding solutions for much-needed improvements. It finally took an initial step towards funding this year, but there is much still left to do. In particular, Atlanta cannot be a world-class city without a first-rate mass transit system, but MARTA has been unable to be that because it is the only major public transportation agency in the country that does not receive any state funding for operations.
Atlanta's notorious gridlock damages job growth as well as the environment. The current system is unsustainable, and mass transit, renewable energy and energy efficiency are a necessary part of our future.
The sooner that fact is realized by metro Atlanta and by Georgia and changes are made to our current methods of transportation, the more attractive we will be to companies and potential residents, and the more we will prosper.
So what are we waiting for? The benefits for our quality of life and our state are limitless.