FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jennifer Yarber, Director
Shawna Mercer, Sr. Communications Specialist
ATLANTA (November 22, 2013) – Sen. John Albers (R –Roswell) has released the following statement regarding the removal of the Georgia 400 Tolls:
“Today is a historic day for commuters and citizens residing along the GA–400 corridor. After years of working with elected and state transportation officials, the day has finally arrived – the GA-400 tolls are coming down. This is a positive example of the branches of government working together and doing what’s right for the people of Georgia.
Scheduled to be removed in 2011, the GA-400 tolls were extended and allocated for other regional transportation projects without any involvement from the people who use the tolls every day. This action become a barrier to public trust and required citizens to foot the bill for millions of additional bonds that were already paid in full.
For nearly five years, I’ve worked closely with state transportation authorities and sponsored legislation to ensure the State of Georgia fulfilled its promise to end the GA-400 tolls and find innovative solutions for traffic management.
I would like to commend Governor Nathan Deal for working to fulfill this promise to the citizens of Georgia and those who travel along our roadways. Today represents a new chapter in rebuilding transparency between government and the people it serves.
Today, I had the privilege of bringing my sledgehammer down on the GA-400 tolls once and for all; fulfilling my pledge to the citizens of this state.”
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Sen. John Albers serves as Chairman of the State Institutions and Property Committee. He represents the 56th Senate District which includes portions of North Fulton and Cherokee counties. He may be reached at his office at 404.463.8055 or by email at email@example.com.