House chairman tours Atlanta-area transportation projects with Rep. Johnson

August 17, 2010
Press Release

LITHONIA, GA – Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) played host to Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman James Oberstar (MN-08) on August 16, showing the Chairman the Atlanta BeltLine, the Perimeter Center, I-85 and Jimmy Carter Boulevard, the I-20 East Corridor and Arabia Mountain Heritage Area bike paths.

See local news coverage: WSB | DeKalb County TV | Chairman Oberstar on Rep. Hank Johnson

arabia_mountain_web.jpgChairman Oberstar and Rep. Johnson also met with MARTA CEO Beverly Scott along the I-20 East Corridor and DeKalb County commissioners and CEO Burrell Ellis in Decatur.

Rep. Johnson, one of the newest members of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, was pleased to feature metro Atlanta projects for Chairman Oberstar.

“We’re out here exploring the possibilities of light rail and getting people on bikes,” said Rep. Johnson. “All four entities – the Beltline, Perimeter Center, MARTA and DeKalb County with Arabia Mountain – are doing great things to help create livable communities.”

Chairman Oberstar was impressed with the progress Atlanta has made since his last visit more than 13 years ago.

“Increased traffic congestion is a complex problem that can adversely affect the nation’s economic growth, our competitiveness in the world marketplace, and the quality of life in local communities,” said Chairman Oberstar. “While the federal government must lead the way in infrastructure investment, it is great to see first-hand innovative projects, such as the BeltLine, which can improve connectivity and lead to sustainable, vibrant communities.”

Rep. Johnson said the visit was an ideal way to feature Atlanta.

“This visit today will go a long way toward increasing Washington’s comfort level with what we’re doing here in the Atlanta metro area with respect to transportation and sustainable communities.”

Local officials who also toured the BeltLine and the Fourth District include: BeltLine President Brian Leary and BeltLine CEO Lisa Gordon; MARTA CEO Beverly Scott (I-20 East Corridor); DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis, DeKalb County commissioners Sharon Barnes-Sutton, Kathie Gannon, Larry Johnson, Lee May and Jeff Rader (DeKalb County) and Clarkston Mayor Howard Tygrett (Clarkston).

Cutline: Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) introduces House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman James Oberstar, left, to PATH Foundation founder Ed McBrayer at Arabia Mountain Heritage Area.

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