Pushback on Georgia Bill Authorizing SRTA to Use Tolls to Regulate Traffic

Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that the Georgia House Transportation Committee “heard pushback” on March 9 regarding a bill that would allow the State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) to charge tolls indefinitely for traffic management purposes. SB 183, approved by the Georgia Senate last month, would allow SRTA to continue tolling a highway after it repays construction financing bonds if the tolls are used to relieve congestion and improve mobility. The newspaper notes, “Both committee members and opponents who testified questioned what the state would do with excess toll revenue collected after the bonds on a project are paid off.”