Imagine the Metro Atlanta of the Future

July 18, 2014

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How do you think the metro Atlanta region should grow and change? What attributes do you love about your community? Are there places and qualities that should be protected as our region grows? How can we ensure that metro Atlanta remains globally competitive, attracts and retains the best workforce possible and continues to be a quality place to live?

These questions and more are posed in a new survey being conducted by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) to inform future plans. This survey offers regional residents a chance to prioritize six important goals for the future identified by the ARC board: developing a highly skilled workforce; ensuring a secure water supply; building a comprehensive transportation system; creating walkable, vibrant neighborhoods; becoming an innovation and technology hub; and improving access to arts, recreation and a healthy quality of life.

Input from this survey will be used to help ARC develop its Regional Plan of investment strategies and performance metrics that will guide public policies related to issues of transportation, land use, water quality, workforce development, aging citizens and health resources. The Regional Plan is a set of goals and strategies to ensure growth and a high quality of life for everyone in the region.

The survey is visual, interactive and brief. It allows for open-ended comments throughout, including the ability to suggest new priorities not yet identified. This is the first of three surveys that ARC will conduct over the course of updating The Regional Plan, set to be adopted in the spring of 2016. This first Regional Plan survey is available at www.atlantaregional.com/TheRegionalPlan and is open from the beginning of July through the end of September 2014.


Public Meeting Scheduled for I-20/SR 5 Interchange Study

June 18, 2014

City of Douglasville

The City of Douglasville is seeking public input on the ongoing I-20/SR 5 transportation study.  The purpose of this effort is to determine possible improvements which may be implemented in the vicinity of the I-20 /SR 5 interchange to improve safety, relieve congestion and support economic development. If interested, consider attending an upcoming public meeting to discuss the project and learn more.

The meeting will be held at the Douglasville Conference Center on Thursday, June 26th from 6 to 7:30 PM. For more details about the project, please contact Julie Price (julie.price@arcadis-us.com) or Michelle Wright (Wrightm@douglasvillega.gov).


Medline LCI Study Recommendations to be Revealed at Upcoming Open House Meeting

May 29, 2014

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A draft master plan for the Medline LCI study area is now complete and will be unveiled to the public at an open house scheduled for Thursday, June 5th at the International Community School(2418 Wood Trail Lane, Decatur GA 30033) from 6:00 to 8:00PM. Come join project staff to review plan materials, ask questions and take a bike tour of the study area. Food trucks will be on site so don’t worry about missing dinner! For more information, visit the study website or contact Jen Price at 404.377.9147


Could Vehicle Automation Revolutionize Human Services Transportation?

May 28, 2014

Yesterday Google released several videos which give an update on their progress towards developing self-navigating car technology.

While the possible benefits of increased safety, decreased stress and increased productivity for motorists are pretty exciting, self-navigating vehicles could prove especially transformational to human services transportation providers. These essential services provide low income, disabled and elderly residents access to jobs and service providers, though at a steep cost. Due to lower passenger volumes and longer travel distances, these services tend to have much lower farebox recovery ratios than conventional fixed route transit services. Automation could possibly lower labor costs, which could lead to service expansion and allow caretakers to focus more on their passengers rather than traffic.

Find out more about Google’s self-driving car project here.

 


Open House to Discuss South Fulton Transportation Plan

May 16, 2014

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Next week Fulton County transportation division staff  will hold a series of meetings to discuss the recently completed South Fulton Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP). This ARC-funded effort outlines planned transportation improvements in South Fulton across a 20-year horizon. Staff will be on hand to answer questions about the plan and solicit feedback from the public to help prioritize the short-term project recommendations as the county moves to implement the plan.

 

Meeting Locations  (Both meetings will take place from 6:30 to 8:30PM)

 

Monday, May 19th - Burdett Gymnasium (Multipurpose Room)

2945 Burdett Road, College Park, GA 30349

 

Thursday, May 22nd – Southwest Arts Center

915 New Hope Road, Atlanta, GA 30331

 

The information gleaned from these community sessions will be used as feedback for staff to help prioritize future funding opportunities. If you can’t make it to one of these meetings, feel free to offer feedback through this online survey or by directly contacting  Antonio Valenzuela  at 404-612-0520 or Antonio.Valenzuela@fultoncountyga.gov


Public Hearings on MARTA FY 2015 Budget Announced

May 7, 2014

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MARTA will hold a series of public hearings on the proposed 2015 budget on May 13th, 14th and 15th at various locations throughout the MARTA service area. The public is invited to attend and offer feedback at one of five meetings, listed below:

Tuesday, May 13th 

Atlanta City Hall (7:00PM)

555 Trinity Avenue, Atlanta

 

Decatur Recreation Center (7:00PM)

231 Sycamore Street, Decatur

 

Wednesday, May 14th

MARTA Headquarters (3:00PM)

2424Piedmont Road, Atlanta

 

Thursday, May 15th

College Park Public Safety Annex

3717 College Street, College Park

 

North Springs United Methodist Church

7770 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs


Earn a Starbucks Gift Card for Participating in a MARTA Breeze Card Survey

May 7, 2014

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Do you ride MARTA? Researchers at Georgia Tech are looking for participants for a study about technologies used by MARTA riders and their potential impact on transit ridership. To participate in the study, fill out this short, online survey between now and May 12th.

As compensation for completing the survey, you will receive a $5 Starbucks gift card. Instructions to receive the gift card are on the last page of the survey.   The survey only takes about 5-10 minutes to complete. Survey  questions will inquire upon:

  1. Your use of the MARTA bus and rail system
  2. Your use of smartphones apps related to MARTA
  3. Information about you, for example, your age and ethnicity
  4. Your Breeze Card number, a 16-digit number on the back of your Breeze Card fare media. This number is anonymous and not linked to any personal information.

For more information about the survey, you may contact Georgia Tech PhD Student Candace Brakewood at candace.brakewood@gatech.edu or Professor Kari Watkins at kari.watkins@ce.gatech.edu.


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