Rynders named Transportation Confirmation chairman


Ed Rynders of Lee County will be one of the delegates to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., in August.

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Here for the state's annual Republican convention, state Rep. Ed Rynders was informed Friday that he has been appointed to chair a House Transportation Confirmation Subcommittee that will decide on the man appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to replace Todd Long as the state's DOT Planning Director.

Deal selected Toby Carr, a political consultant who recently served as the governor's transportation policy adviser, for the post. Long recently accepted a position as assistant Department of Transportation commissioner.

Rynders, R-Leesburg, was appointed to chair the confirmation subcommittee by House Transportation Committee Chairman Jay Roberts, R-Ocilla.

"The (planning director) position is probably one of the most important positions in the state," Roberts said Friday. "He does a lot of the stuff the DOT Commissioner used to do. And he's going to be vital to T-SPLOST implementation in the state.

"Todd Long set the bar at the position, and he set it high. But I think Toby's going to follow right behind him and do a great job, too."

Rynders chaired a similar subcommittee that confirmed Long as planning director.

"I think it's important that whoever becomes director of planning for DOT has a thorough understanding of transportation in the entire state of Georgia," Rynders said. "As chairman of this subcommittee, I hope to deliver that message and get him to understand how vital (the position) is to the state.

"He's got to be fully aware that transportation in metro Atlanta is about moving people, but in rural Georgia it's about moving goods. And transportation is about more than just highways; it's also about our ports, mass transit and air traffic."

Carr is a University of Georgia graduate who previously served as executive director of the Georgia Republican party and was an aide to House Majority Whip Jan Jones.

Roberts said he selected Rynders to head the subcommittee because of his leadership capability.

"Ed Rynders is a leader not just in Southwest Georgia but in Atlanta as well," Roberts said. "He's well respected and well liked by his peers, but he is also a loyal friend.

"I needed someone who would thoroughly vet the candidate, someone who would make sure all the right questions are asked and answered. I knew Ed would do that and do it right."

Also named to the committee by Roberts were Republicans Steve Davis of McDonough, who will serve as vice chair, Brett Harrell of Snellville, Barbara Sims of Augusta, Chad Nimmer of Blackshear, Tommy Benton of Jefferson and Mike Jacobs of Atlanta, as well as Democrats Bob Bryant of Garden City, Glenn Baker of Jonesboro, Al Williams of Midway and Pat Gardner of Atlanta.

Rynders said he's not immediately familiar with Carr's qualifications.

"But I will be soon," the subcommittee chair said. "That's what this process is all about."


dingleberry 3 years, 4 months ago

I wish someone in GA transportation would wake up an realize the low speeds on four lanes in south GA do little to improve our lot. It is my understanding that years back, the Feds required the states to keep a given number of four lane miles at a speed limit of 55 to continue to receive certain highway funds when it allowed the limits to be raised again. It seems having good roads like Hwy 520 are of little benefit when traffic is slowed. If the problem is not with the Feds, then let's solve it now. I know people from Atlanta area who would travel through Albany rather than down I-75 if the speed limits were more reasonable. Perhaps this is a contributor to why tourists don't frequent our venues like RQ and ACRI.


Terry.Lewis 3 years, 4 months ago

280 between Dawson and Columbus is a cluster of ever-changing speed limits wrapped within a nest of speed traps. That is how those counties improve their lots :)


Sister_Ruby 3 years, 4 months ago

Exactly right. Let's name a few radiating out in several directions: Poulan, Richland, Smithville, Cusseta, Warwick etc etc. What a boring life these cops must have just sitting there waiting to catch somebody going 7-over on a wide open 4-lane highway built to accomodate speeds of 70 mph. LOSERS!! That money could be better spent doing something about REAL CRIME.


whattheheck 3 years, 4 months ago

The money must be going for other than "lots" since I see little improvement. But it does seem their leading industry is "enforcement" regardless of who is pocketing the money. GHP is a big contributor to the problem since most of their "catches" also provide revenue for those the local cops miss.


chinaberry25 3 years, 4 months ago

The Ellaville COPS are also to be added to this list.


chinaberry25 3 years, 4 months ago

T-SPLOSH has not even passed and they are assuming that you will chair it. Do not count your pennies before you get them. I predict that will be a washout. Folks are tired of paying taxes.


Cartman 3 years, 4 months ago

T-SPLOST will pass. But not with my vote.


chinaberry25 3 years, 4 months ago

Get maps current and you may see the traffic flow this way. This is the most important thing you can do. The maps are 15 years outdated.


VietVet1 3 years, 4 months ago

My beef is with log truck in the early morning pre-dawn on country roads. Guess they're ahead of DOT for being overweight and tearing up the roads.


sholloway5 3 years, 4 months ago

I am confident Ed Rynders will make sure Georgia continues to have one of the best road networks of any state in the Southeast with one of the lowest gas taxes in the entire US. I do feel we need to make a concerted effort to make passenger rail a part of our overall balanced transportation budget.


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