ATLANTA (June 20, 2016) | On Wednesday, Governor Nathan Deal and State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) Executive Director Chris Tomlinson announced $75 million in state funding for 11 transit projects throughout the state. Funding will be administered through SRTA and the GO! Transit Capital Program. Two of these projects were awarded for Gwinnett County.
“Investing in our transit systems and infrastructure maintenance continues to remain an important issue,” said Senate President Pro Tempore David Shafer (R – Duluth). “I commend Gov. Deal, Mr. Tomlinson and SRTA on their efforts. New buses and upgrades to the Sugarloaf Mills Park and Ride will improve mobility and safety in Gwinnett County. We must ensure that we move forward in our efforts to address all transportation needs and to alleviate congestion for our citizens.”
The two GO! Transit Capital Program awards for Gwinnett County will improve reliability, efficiency and travel times for bus and Park-and-Ride commuters. First, Gwinnett County Transit will be purchasing 20 new buses. Second, the Sugarloaf Mills Park-and-Ride will get redesigns and upgrades to improve bus access and passenger amenities. Additional shelters will be added and the ability to purchase fares on-site will now be available. Buses will also be able to take a more direct route to the I-85 Express Lanes.
SRTA began taking award applications in October 2015. Applicants went through a review and selection process by SRTA staff with input from transit stakeholders. Awards were based on a set of criteria developed to assess a project’s ability to meet major statewide transportation goals, including improving safety and increasing mobility.
More information about the program and projects can be found on SRTA’s website.
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For Immediate Release:
June 22, 2016
For Information Contact:
Ines Owens, Acting Director