August 11, 2014
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has begun a major update of the Statewide Rail Plan. This document, last updated in 2009, outlines long-range rail planning priorities in Georgia and provides comprehensive data about the railroad industry within the state. The plan will enable GDOT to implement a more efficient and effective approach to integrate passenger and freight rail elements into the larger multi-modal transportation framework. It will cover the time period from the present to the year 2040 to better integrate with the Georgia Statewide Transportation Plan (SWTP) and Statewide Strategic Transportation Plan (SSTP).
The second round of public outreach commences this week, with meetings scheduled across the state. At these meetings project team staff will present draft needs and proposed projects, policies and programs for rail transportation across the state. These recommendations have been informed by stakeholders, rail agencies and the general public. The public meeting in Atlanta is scheduled for August 13th at Atlanta Regional Commission Headquarters (40 Courtland Street, Atlanta GA 30303) from 5:00PM to 7:00PM. A formal presentation will begin at 5:30, while staff will be on hand to answer questions and gather feedback. For more information and contact information, please visit GDOT’s State Rail Plan webpage.
July 18, 2014
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.
June 18, 2014
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Michelle Wright (Wrightm@douglasvillega.gov).
May 29, 2014
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
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.
May 16, 2014
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
May 7, 2014
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