2nd Quarter 2010 Administrative Modifications Due

May 20, 2010

The 2nd Quarter 2010 Administrative Modifications of the FY 2008-2013 TIP are due on May 21 and will be processed on June 4. Submittals may be forwarded to Jean Hee Park at jpark@atlantaregional.com no later than COB May 21.

North Fulton Comprehensive Transportation Plan Meetings Announced

May 18, 2010

Please join us at an interactive meeting to discuss preliminary recommendations for transportation projects in the northern portion of Fulton County. The purpose of the North Fulton Comprehensive Transportation Plan is to provide the foundation and framework for multimodal, multijurisdictional infrastructure and policy recommendations for the cities of Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Sandy Springs, Roswell and Mountain Park.

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Get Physical at Atlanta Streets Alive

May 14, 2010

Taking a cue from cities such as Bogotá and New York,  Atlanta is gearing up for Atlanta Streets Alive, an event that will help people get out and enjoy physical activity on streets closed off to automotive traffic, while rediscovering the streets and businesses of Atlanta.  Atlanta Streets Alive will take place on Sunday, May 23rd, from 1-6pm and is completely free and open to the public.  Five miles of streets will be closed to traffic, allowing people to walk, jog, bike, take exercise classes and get active with healthy activities while meeting new people.   This event, which will be similar to other “ciclovias” held in a variety of cities in the Americas, will be staged at Woodruff Park. For more information, please contact Lyubov Zuyeva, ARC’s bicycle and pedestrian coordinator: lzuyeva@atlantaregional.com.

Regional Human Services Transportation Providers Awarded FTA Funding

May 11, 2010

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) has selected six sub recipients to receive more than $2.5 million in FY 2009 Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) and New Freedom grant program funding. The sub recipients are the Cobb County Department of Transportation, DisABILITY LINK, Fayette Senior Services, Gwinnett County Senior Services, the Marcus Jewish Community Center and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA).

The JARC and New Freedom programs are design to address the transportation challenges faced by low-income earners, disabled persons and older adults commuting for the purpose of obtaining and maintaining employment or making other quality of life trips. Read the rest of this entry »

Going Regional with Roadway Management and Operations Coordination

May 10, 2010

ARC has conducted the first of a series of meetings to help facilitate a more centralized and coordinated process for implementing transportation management and operations improvements.  The meeting attendees are comprised of staff representing the following regional initiatives and respective lead agencies, and are each represented on the Regional Management and Operations Subcommittee: Read the rest of this entry »

Something in the Air…

May 6, 2010

This is a big month for air quality concerns. May is Asthma Awareness Month, this week is National Air Quality Awareness Week and smog season officially kicks off.

So fittingly, the American Lung Association recently released the State of the Air 2010, a report that compares the pollution of cities, counties, and states across the country.  Although Georgia has shown improving air quality over the past few years, it still contains some of the worst-performing areas.  Metro Atlanta ranks 16th for year-round particle pollution and 19th for ozone pollution.

See ARC’s air quality page for more information on air quality in the Atlanta region. Also, check out this Journal of the American Medical Association paper on the observed benefits in public health (specifically decreased childhood asthma hospitalizations)  related to decreased VMT and increased transit usage during the 1996 Summer Olympics.