Fulton County Board of Commissioners Supports Including Public Transit Funding in Federal Infrastructure Package | Print |

On Wednesday, January 24, 2018, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution in support of District 1 Commissioner Liz Hausmann’s resolution to the National Association of Counties (“NACo”), to include public transit funding in any proposed  federal transportation infrastructure package.

Commissioner Hausmann submitted the resolution to NACo for presentation at the organization’s upcoming Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. Specifically, Hausmann’s resolution asks NACo to urge United States Congress and the US Department of Transportation to include funding mechanisms for local transit projects in any upcoming legislative-infrastructure package, including incentives for private sector investment such as public-private partnerships.

Fulton County has adopted a legislative position in support of transit expansion options and is leading a countywide transit study, in coordination with its 14 cities outside the City of Atlanta.  

“Any transit efforts will require a strong partnership and close collaboration with our partners in the Federal Government,” said Hausmann.   “Local governments are in the best position to decide what type of transit, if any, best fits their needs. But it is imperative the Federal Government provide funding options and incentivize private investment as it considers legislation to modernize America’s infrastructure.”

“Fulton County and its cities have made great progress in mapping out transit improvements, but federal support is crucial as we move into the project selection phase,” added County COO Todd Long.

NACo will hold its legislative conference in Washington D.C. in March and will consider their resolution at that time.