SRTA Receives Performance Award from Georgia Transit Association

Staff Report From Metro Atlanta CEO

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

The State Road and Tollway Authority has received the 2017 Georgia Transit Association Performance Award. The award recognizes a Georgia transit that has demonstrated improvement in the performance of the system that may include ridership, customer service and service expansion.

SRTA received the award at GTA’s Annual Conference held Dec. 6-8, in Savannah. SRTA was recognized for its service expansion, its role in the I-85 bridge collapse and the leadership of Tomlinson.

“SRTA is pleased to recognized by the Georgia Transit Association for our work this year,” Chris Tomlinson, SRTA Executive Director, said. “The honor is special because it comes from our peers, who face the same challenges as we do each day in working to improve transit and transportation in the state.”

“It is such a pleasure to honor SRTA under Tomlinson's leadership for all of its hard work and help with promoting the importance of transit in the state of Georgia,” Rhonda Briggins, president of GTA, said.

This year, SRTA consolidated with the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority. Integrating the two agencies allowed SRTA to more effectively deliver mobility services to its customers by leveraging the connection between transit and tolling. SRTA now oversees the Xpress commuter coach service, Express toll lanes, Vanpool program and the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank.

During the year, SRTA opened the state’s first reversible toll lanes on I-75, added two new routes to its Xpress service and awarded $23 million in grants and loans through GTIB.

As it sought to make improvements, SRTA also was challenged by the collapse of a bridge on I-85 in downtown Atlanta, one of the main thoroughfares in the city. Transportation and transit agencies had to create a plan overnight to safely, reliably and quickly move commuters to and from their places of work.

Specifically, SRTA had to create brand new service on selected routes the morning after the collapse, which impacted eight of its 25 routes.