Easing Traffic Congestion
East Metro Atlanta's traffic corridor is a microcosm of the region's overall image as one of the nation's worst examples of congestion and gridlock. And while the long awaited improvements of the bridges/ramps at I-20 and Wesley Chapel, I-20 and Panola, and I-20 at Hwy 138 are helpful they are merely bandages for an area which is hemorrhaging in gridlock. We must have MARTA rapid transit expansion in this area.
I will continue to work with GADOT (Georgia Department of Transportation), ARC (Atlanta Regional Commission), GRTA (Georgia Regional Transportation Authority) and the local municipalities involved which are DeKalb and Rockdale Counties to create a regional lobbying effort to bring MARTA's rapid rail expansion further East.
In the short term, I will foster greater communications with GRTA, and local shopping center owners to cooperatively create more park and ride lots so you could park your vehicles and ride a bus or van pool into the city where many of the jobs are. This will help prevent excess wear and tear on your vehicles, and save money by lowering your weekly gas costs.