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Find a Transportation Fix, or Georgia Loses
>> GUEST COLUMN - By Edward Lindsey, AJC / Aug. 19, 2014
Transportation has been at the heart of Atlanta’s progress since its creation. In the 19th century, that meant railroads. In the 20th century, it meant Hartsfield- Jackson Int'l. Airport. The question before us now is whether our present transportation woes will sow the seeds of our decline in the 21st century because urban areas-even historically great ones like metro Atlanta-are perpetually in a period of growth and greater prosperity, or steady decline. There is no standing still.
Metro Atlanta drivers have one of the worst commutes in the nation. This translates into more time in our cars and less time for work, home and play. It also wastes-on average, in fuel, for each of us-over $900 per year sitting in traffic. In addition, Atlanta is ranked 91st out of 100 major metro regions for access to transit. Major business prospects rank our transportation difficulties as one of their major concerns about relocating here, and our inability to address this problem will only further aggravate their concerns.
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============================================= Another Journey Toward Open Roads
>The Editorial Board's Opinion -
AJC / Aug. 17, 2014
The start-up of a state legislative committee charged with studying ways to fund overdue transportation projects is encouraging. Its work should lead to a ‘Plan B’ for legislators to consider next year.
The good news is that when you’re already at the bottom of a hole, the logic of where to go from there is pretty apparent. Or at least it should be.
That’s the situation facing Georgia’s malnourished transportation infrastructure.
GCAA is currently offering the following Online Training Courses:
1. GDOT QC Refresher Training Course:
GDOT is offering this on-line alternative for the required Refresher Training. In conjunction with the GCAA you can get up to 6 hours of refresher training on-line that can be applied towards the 18 hours required every 3 years.
NOTE: In addition to the online recertification course offered here, for 2014 GDOT has announced they will only hold two QC Technician Recertification classes at the following locations. (1) Wed., April 16, 2014 Office of Materials and Testing @ Forest Park
(2) Wed. October 15, 2014 Macon Area Engineer's Office, Meeting Room
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