The City of Atlanta and its transportation woes are synonymous. Almost three quarters of city residents responding to a recent Atlanta Regional Commission poll rated traffic as “the biggest problem facing residents in the metro Atlanta area.”
And the city isn’t simply time-crazed. Atlanta drivers spend more hours commuting than residents of any other U.S. city. This is partly due to poor city infrastructure. Georgia spends less dollars per resident on transportation than almost any other state.
And our cars are pumping carbon dioxide at an alarming rate. Dr. Jairo Garcia, City of Atlanta’s Sustainability Management Analyst, watches the numbers, such as vehicle miles travelled (VMTs), every day. It’s his job to take climate science and apply it to citywide policy.