There is no better time for a commuter rail system in Georgia than now. Thanks to our supporters, we’ve raised the chances of rail being placed on the Georgia Department of Transportation’s constrained projects list. As we continue to advocate for commuter rail, however, it’s important to keep the role of the Regional Roundtables in mind.
How does the Regional Roundtable process work?
Georgia is divided into 12 Regional Roundtables, all of which consist of 24 members. These Roundtable members have the sole authority to develop the constrained project list for submission to GDOT in October. All projects on the list will receive funding by the proposed penny sales tax that will go to a public vote in 2012.
In our case, there are three regions that need to place commuter rail on the constrained projects list. They include the Atlanta Regional Commission, the Three Rivers Commission and the Middle Georgia Commission (see larger map of regions). Without the support from Roundtable representatives in these three regions, it will be nearly impossible to get commuter rail running within five years.
How can you help?
- Send an email of support. In three easy steps, you can make your voice heard. Visit savegeorgiacommuterrail.com to send an email to your Regional Roundtable representative today.
- Stay informed. Follow us on Twitter, become a fan of our page on Facebook or join our mailing list to keep up with the latest news and share new developments with your social networks.
- Spread the word. We can drastically increase support for this project if we use all of our resources. Consider talking with your friends, neighbors or coworkers who live in the three Roundtable regions to help them understand their role in the process.