Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Feds baffled by DOT's mass transit program, freeze funding

Posted By on Wed, Aug 5, 2009 at 2:09 AM

Oh hey, Ariel Hart of the AJC, what good news do you have for us this evening?

At a moment when mass transit is taking center stage as a solution to transportation problems nationwide, a [Federal Transit Administration] report has concluded that the Georgia Department of Transportation’s transit program is riddled with financial management problems, according to a report obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The problems were so severe that the federal government has frozen DOT’s transit grants, which average about $28 million a year, including some from the federal stimulus program. The report cast doubt on whether DOT could manage grants for the commuter rail line proposed to go south through Lovejoy.

It's that last sentence that really smarts. A GDOT spokesman tells Hart that the agency's taken steps to fix the problems and unfreeze the funding. For a better idea of how behind the times Georgia is when it comes to rail, Hart's full article is worth checking out.

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