Friday, October 3, 2008

Southern Dis-Comfort

So, it's been three weeks since Hurricane Ike disrupted the supply and distribution infrastructure for gasoline and people in the Southeast are still facing high(er) prices, long lines and shortages. The situation not only makes plain the vulnerability of our energy infrastructure but also exposes the fact that too many people lack true transportation choice. Earlier this year in Georgia, one of the states hardest-hit by the gas shortage, Gov. Perdue and the state legislature couldn't figure out a way to let citizens vote on plans to increase the sales tax to boost investment in public transportation and mobility. Groups in the state are mobilizing to push early next year for legislative action to allow citizens to boost transportation investment. Support for MARTA expansion, commuter rail, and other new projects is growing among business leaders and citizens. It will be interesting to see if the state's leaders follow along. Something to think about while you're waiting in line for gas.

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