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Funding for the new department would come from removing transportation from public works, but taxpayers may also have to help with additional funding, Dickens said. Atlanta-DOT, which would handle issues such as street repaving, traffic signals, bike lanes and sidewalks, could be running within a year.
Dickens also floated the idea of charging a user fee for drivers who commute into the city.
“That's a little bit down the road, but I’ve seen it done in other cities. I mean, you cross a bridge in New York or San Francisco, you cross a jurisdiction line, they are going to charge you for it," Dickens told Channel 2.
The mayor's office, public works, and some residents are working with Dickens on the Atlanta DOT, the station reported.
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