Beach spoke after the final meeting of the Senate Regional Transit Solutions Study Committee. Its House counterpart will hold its final meeting Wednesday. Both are expected to produce recommendations before the legislative session begins in January.
It’s not clear what the final recommendations will look like, and how much will be done – if anything – to consolidate agencies in the upcoming session.
The chairman of the Senate committee, Sen. Steve Gooch, R-Dahlonega, doesn’t believe elected officials should design some master transit agency. Instead, he favors bringing in a consultant to work with the existing players to move the consolidation process forward.
But Gooch believes it must move forward.
“There’s too many moving parts,” Gooch said at Monday’s meeting. “There has to be savings. There has to be opportunities we haven’t discovered.”