Governor Deal and the Georgia legislature enacted a law this summer that will allow for coordinated transit planning and funding for 13 counties around metro Atlanta.
The new, state-level "Atlanta-region Transit Link Authority", or "ATL", is expected to extend MARTA lines, expand bus service, and generally ease the region's transportation problems by expanding alternative modes of transportation.
Atlanta has a world-class traffic problem. An independent survey published by INRIX, a global transportation company, found that Atlanta's traffic is the eighth-worst in the world, a ranking that Atlanta has failed to improve since 2016. The survey found that Atlantans waste 70 hours per year in congestion, on average.
There is a tremendous amount of opportunity in store for Atlanta when it does sort out its transportation problems. Atlanta is reportedly a finalist for Amazon's second headquarters, and with Amazon's headquarters will come many more thousands of jobs and people. Atlanta is already predicted to grow by two million people over the next twenty years, which will strain current infrastructure to the breaking point.
In March 2019, a referendum will be placed on the ballot to fund Gwinnett County's contribution to the region's traffic improvement.
This has been a Gwinnett-County firm for 90 years, and as such, we strongly favor intelligent solutions to the region's traffic problems. The human and economic cost of traffic is a bitter pill for all Atlanta residents. That is why we encourage all of our friends and clients to offer their support to the State and County's efforts to ease our world-class traffic problem.