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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Finally — a map showing projects that might be built with 2012 transportation tax money

Christmas came early for metro Atlanta wonks. In an effort to generate more citizen input and interest, the Atlanta Regional Commission created an interactive map showing all of the proposed road, transit and bridge projects that might get funded by a one-cent transportation sales tax voters will decide next year.

“We want this to be a completely open process and one the public participates in,” says Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson, chair of the "regional roundtable" of metro Atlanta elected officials that will approve the projects. “The more feedback we receive from our neighbors, the better job we can do in compiling a list of projects for the referendum that will benefit the region.”

Why thank you, Bucky!

Keep in mind that not everything on the map will ultimately get funded by the tax. Georgia Department of Transportation officials are currently winnowing down the list of more than 400 projects. In June, a five-member executive committee of elected officials including Mayors Kasim Reed and Bill Floyd of Decatur will then select projects the roundtable of elected officials from the 10-county metro region will approve or reject.

Voters get the final say-so, however, when they visit the polls next summer to decide the referendum.

(The map can be a tad bit confusing. Try using the "select by rectangle" option. It's second from the right in the blue box. Highlight the area on the map that includes the specific projects. You should be given a list of road and transit proposals within that area.)

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