The Changing Face of Transportation
Welcome to August. In honor of the 8th month of the year, it's time to learn a little about the man for which the month is named.
Full name: Imperator Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus Divi Filius Augustus
Reign: 16 January 27 BC - 19 August AD 14
Job: 1st Emporer of the Roman Empire
Quote: On his deathbed, Augustus boasted "I found a Rome of bricks; I leave to you one of marble".
This newsletter features:
- Feature of New Website
- KYSITE Fall Meeting: Call for Topics / Presenters
- Failed Tax in Georgia
- New Feature: Quote of the Day!
- Increase in Number of Fatalities
- Weird Signs
- Quick Hits
Let us know if you need anything from KYSITE -- we're here to help!
- KYSITE Officers
Features of New KYSITE Site
We will be featuring aspects of the new website over the course of the new couple of months.
This edition, we will focus on the ability to engage in a discussion on the site via the comment feature. Therefore, if you see a topic that strikes your fancy, feel free to drop a note. It's easy to do -- and we encourage you to practice today.
Step 1: Go to our test page: http://kentuckysectionite.wordpress.com/2012/08/02/575/
Step 2: Click "Leave a Comment" or click the comment button on the left.
Step 3: Enter your name and leave us a note -- it can be simple or creative. But be nice!
Step 4: Win a prize. We will do a random drawing to win a prize from the 2012 SDITE / GLDITE Prize Vault.
KYSITE Fall Meeting: Call for Topics / Presenters
We are working on the agenda for the KYSITE Fall Technical Meeting to be held in September. If you have a particular topic or presenter you would like to recommend, please contact one the officers directly, or send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transportation Tax Fails in Georgia
We often stay away from politics in our newsletter, but your editor was very interested in the vote this past Tuesday in Georgia. For those that didn't follow it, voters in Georgia rejected a plan for a 10-year, 1 percent sales tax that would have supported billions in transportation projects in the state. In Atlanta alone, it was estimated that $7.2 billion in transportation investments could have been funded in a 10-county area surrounding the city.
In a day and age of limited funding for our transportation projects, it was interesting to see how this vote played out. Had it been successful, there is a high likelihood that similar measures would have been popping up around the US.
Here are a few articles with varying thoughts on the subject:
What The Georgia Vote Means for the Future of Transportation
Metro Atlanta Voters Reject Transportation Tax
Transportation Tax Fails in Atlanta, Much of Georgia
Quote of the Day
"A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."
- Douglas Adams
First Quarter Fatalities Surge
By: Billy Garrison (GRW)
Traffic Fatalities in the first quarter of 2012 surged 13.5% above the first quarter of 2011. Deaths are still down from a the peak in 2005 and NHTSA says that we shouldn't be too shocked by the numbers. To read more, click here.