Regional Truck Route Plan Adopted

July 29, 2010

The ARC Board, on June 23, officially adopted the recommendations of the Atlanta Strategic Truck Route Master Plan (ASTRoMaP). This 18-month effort resulted in the identification of a comprehensive regional truck route network. Truck traffic will be encouraged to utilize this network by a combination of publicity, coordination with other governmental agencies and longer-term infrastructure upgrades. The network will also serve as an integral part of the regional freight transportation network (along with the interstates, railroads, intermodal yards and airport). The ASTRoMaP network will also be used by ARC to help strategically allocate limited transportation funding.

In addition to the identified truck route network, the plan included a set of strategies and recommendations. These ranged from an extensive set of project recommendations to access management policies to strategies that mitigate the negative impact that heavy truck traffic has on nearby communities.

Questions or comments related to ASTRoMaP may be directed to Michael Kray at

Rural and HST Transportation Workshop Announced

July 27, 2010

The Georgia Office of Highway Safety, the Georgia Department of Human Services and the Georgia Council on Aging are sponsoring a workshop on rural and Human Services Transportation. The workshop will feature presentations by relevant Georgia legislators, agency directors and national experts on rural transportation and HST. The workshop will be held on August 23 at the Methodist Home for Children and Youth’s Rumford Center in Macon Georgia. For more details, please visit

A Summary of ARC’s Regional On-Board Transit Survey

July 27, 2010

Between October 2009 and January 2010, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) conducted a regional on-board transit survey. The purpose of the survey was to better understand the travel pattern of transit users in the Atlanta area. The results will be used to update ARC’s regional travel demand model.

The survey was one of the largest and most comprehensive on-board transit surveys ever conducted in the United States. More than 50,000 surveys, representing approximately 1 out of 10 transit riders in the region, were completed. The survey was administered to passengers on bus routes and rail lines operated by seven transit systems: Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority , Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, Cobb Community Transit, Gwinnett County Transit, Clayton County Transit, Hall Area Transit, and Cherokee Area Transit. Read the rest of this entry »

If At First You Don’t Succeed…

July 22, 2010

…try, try again. That’s what the Atlanta region will be doing through the current call for projects under the TIGER II program, described in an earlier Spotlight post. ARC has been advised of six potential submittals from the region, three under the capital program and three for planning funds. Several of them are similar to requests made under the original TIGER program last year, in which the region was unsuccessful in securing funds for any of the 17 projects submitted. It’s hoped that a more disciplined approach and emphasis on coordination will improve the region’s odds this time around. Read the rest of this entry »

3rd Quarter 2010 Administrative Modifications Due

July 21, 2010

The 3rd Quarter 2010 Administrative Modifications of the FY 2008-2013 TIP are due on August 20th and will be processed on September 3rd.  Submittals may be forwarded via email to Jean Hee Park at no later than COB August 20th. For more information on administrative modification criteria and future due dates, visit the FAQ page on our website or visit

Multiuse Trail Implementation News

July 20, 2010

In mulituse trail news, the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners approved, on June 15, the addition of a series of multiuse trails to the design of Etowah River Park in Canton.  The proposed trail will start at the new park, connect to Heritage Park on Waleska Street near its intersection with Riverstone Parkway, and continue to Boling Park on Marietta Highway next to Cherokee High School. Read the rest of this entry »

TIP Amendment #10 Comment Period Opens

July 20, 2010

ARC opened public comment on July 3 for Amendment #10 to the FY 2008-2013 TIP.  Comments are being accepted through August 1, at which time the amendment list will be finalized and forwarded for adoption later in the month.  Comments may be made in person at the regularly scheduled ARC Board meeting at 1 p.m. on July 28. Directions to ARC can be found here.  Alternately, questions may be asked by phone directly to ARC staff members between 8  a.m. and 5 p.m., on July 20. Read the rest of this entry »