One of Gwinnett's longest-serving commissioners was honored last week for an idea ahead of its time.
On Saturday, officials dedicated a park and ride lot to Maron Buice, who introduced the idea to the county into the early 1970s.
According to a county spokeswoman, Buice, a District 3 commissioner for four terms, established the first lot at the intersection of Interstate 985 and Ga. Highway 20 after residents became upset about getting parking tickets for leaving their cars along the then-two-lane highway. Area residents were congregating there to carpool to the GM plant in Doraville.
"He went out to see the situation for himself and discovered that there was a vacant lot in the area. The lot was owned by the state of Georgia. The board later secured the property and residents were able to park their cars on the lot," the county's Shaunieka Taste said.
"The vision for Park and Ride Lots has expanded to include two additional lots, located at Sugarloaf Mills and Indian Trail Road," she said. "Today, more than 325 residents park their cars at the I-985 Park and Ride Lot and almost 2,000 residents use the county's system of Park and Ride Lots for their workday commute."
Senators step in
Georgia's senators expressed their concern last week that the Federal Aviation Administration's planned furloughs and staff reductions at air traffic control towers could hurt air travel and create thousands of delays.
In a letter, the senators told FAA Administrator Michael Huerta to find other ways to cut costs without affecting efficiency or safety.
U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss warned the furloughs could cause more than twice as many delays as the worst weather day of 2012.
"It is our belief that the FAA is not pursuing every avenue possible to save money without affecting its overall mission, which is to 'provide the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world,'" said the senators, who represent the world's busiest airport at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson. "While we understand that safety remains the top priority for the FAA, we would encourage you to review other areas to reduce costs, such as in non-personnel, travel, and consultant accounts, before implementing air traffic controller furloughs."Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.
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