Lt. Governor Casey Cagle: Transportation Initiatives a Priority This Session

September 22, 2008

Lt. Governor Casey Cagle outlined his priorities for transportation this upcoming session during a meeting with the Get Georgia Moving Coalition this morning. 

“When it comes to transportation, my priority is simple: to relieve congestion. And before we can relieve gridlock on our roadways, we must relieve the gridlock in government.  There is no silver bullet or singular effort that will make a significant impact on traffic and that is why I believe moving forward on several initiatives will result in true congestion relief.  

“Finding a long-term solution is going to take a concentrated effort from everyone involved in the process.  I am committed to coming to the table and working closely with Governor Perdue and Speaker Richardson toward a solution.  I am further committed to working with stakeholders throughout Georgia and am calling upon the business community to be an active participant in forming a consensus plan for a new local funding option.  We all need to work together to be successful in solving congestion.

“I applaud Get Georgia Moving for their ability to engage a wide variety of entities, including local governments, road and transit industries, chambers of commerce and environmental organizations, toward a common purpose.  Our meeting today was positive and productive and I look forward to working together in the months to come,” said Lt. Governor Casey Cagle.

In addition to working with the business community on a new funding option for local governments, Cagle’s proposal calls for a strategic focus on Public-Private Partnerships and in making sure that the state has a process in place to get projects delivered.  He also recognizes the need for a state role in transit for metro Atlanta.