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Gov. Kemp appoints Tucker Mayor to Georgia Regional Transportation Authority

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Gov. Kemp appoints Tucker Mayor to Georgia Regional Transportation Authority

Pictured right to left: Gov. Brian Kemp, Mayor Frank Auman, Gaye Auman, granddaughter Findley Veal, daughter Emma Veal and daughter Grace Auman. Image provided by the City of Tucker.
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By Logan C. Ritchie, contributor 

Tucker Mayor Frank Auman was sworn in yesterday as the newest board member of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority. He is the second mayor to join the board of 15 members from the private and public sector.

GRTA members, appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp, work with other commissions in 13 counties of metro Atlanta to address air quality, mobility, and strategic transportation planning. GRTA evaluates how proposed transportation changes impact infrastructure and communities.

Mayor Auman said, “I’m very honored by the trust Governor Kemp has placed in me and I’m excited to get to work. Transit and multi-modal transportation have become a priority for every city, and to have the opportunity to work on this board is significant.”

Councilmember Anne Lerner said, “Appointed by the governor, it’s an important board that looks at transportation across our region that works with SRTA, who runs our express lanes.”

Mayor Auman’s appointment comes as Tucker is finishing up its own transportation plan. After six months of discussion and community feedback, the proposed Strategic Transportation Master Plan is final.

At the Aug. 12 City Council meeting, citizens pushed for a study of Cooledge Road, Brockett Road, Friendship Road, and Idlewood Road, as well as a closer look at Lawrenceville Highway and Lynburn Drive.

Last night, Tucker City Council unanimously vote to approve amendments in the transportation plan including a study of several major intersections. For more information about the plan, click here.

Residents’ attendance last night was light. Councilmembers joked it was the “fastest council meeting on record.”

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