Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal last week signed an executive order creating the Transit Governance Task Force.

The task force will take the findings of a previous study commission and use them as a basis for developing a legislative proposal for the 2012 session of the General Assembly.

“The metro Atlanta region has a multitude of transit agencies that work independently of each other,” Deal said. “The study committee found that commuters, transit stakeholders and the general public would benefit from oversight, streamlining and coordination of the individual transit systems in the metro Atlanta region.”

Deal said appointment of the task force is the next step toward drafting legislation. House majority caucus chairwoman Donna Sheldon, R-Dacula, and Senate Transportation Committee chairman Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga, were named by Deal to co-chair the task force.

He also appointed five other members of the Legislature along with the mayors of Atlanta, Riverdale and Johns Creek as well as the chairs of the Gwinnett, Douglas and Rockdale County Commissions.

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