For transit customers, it’s a familiar question: “When will the next bus arrive?” The answer to that question is even more important for time-sensitive commuter trips or during periods of inclement weather. Nobody wants to be late for work or wait for long periods of time in the rain. In the Atlanta region, most transit providers only release scheduled, rather than real-time bus arrival data. What’s needed is open, real-time transit data, based on the current location of the transit vehicle.
The following grants for bike/ped improvements are open to applications this fall:
- The federal Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program improves pedestrian safety for elementary and middle school students through education and infrastructure funding. The Call for Applications period for 2010 SRTS Infrastructure Projects will be from August 23 to November 23. Several workshops have been scheduled throughout the state to assist applicants. Please see GDOT’s SRTS website for more information.
- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Recreational Trail Grants program provides funding for trail construction, maintenance and education. Applications will be accepted from October through November 30th of 2010. See the DNR Trails and Greenway Grants webpage for more information.
- The federal Transportation Enhancements program provides funding to help expand transportation choices through 12 eligible TE activities related to surface transportation. GDOT has released a call for projects and applications will be accepted between October 1 and December 15. See GDOT’s Transportation Enhancements webpage for more information about the program and upcoming application workshops.
Between 2008 and 2010, The Civic League for Regional Atlanta held a series of facilitated discussions with 746 people across the 10-county region called Neighborhood Forums. Our goal was to ensure that citizens’ voices were represented in the Atlanta Regional Commission’s “Fifty Forward” project, an ambitious visioning initiative centered around critical topics expected to impact metro Atlanta for decades to come. In all, 13 forums were held, with each focused on one of five topics: diversity, sustainability, land use and housing, transportation, and public health and healthcare.
We listened to and recorded everything Neighborhood Forum participants told us, and then turned our data over to researchers at Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, who organized and summarized it. Last month, we proudly shared what Forum participants told us about their hopes, needs and priorities for their region with ARC staff and about 100 business, civic and public sector leaders who met at a final Fifty Forward event to draft a vision for metro Atlanta, circa 2060.
The Fifty Forward Neighborhood Forums represent a big step toward more inclusive regional policy making. We are grateful to those who participated for their thoughtful comments and original ideas and to our colleagues at ARC for their enthusiastic support. We encourage you to take a look at the report — entitled “Prominent Themes in the Neighborhood Forums of The Civic League for Regional Atlanta” — available here.
(Editor’s note: SR 821 is now known as Referendum #3 on the 2010 General Election Ballot)
The Georgia Department of Transportation website offers a thorough review of Senate Resolution 821, which addresses how GDOT budgets for multiyear transportation projects. The bill places a question on the November general election ballot that asks voters to amend the Georgia Constitution. The question will read as follows:
“Shall the constitution of Georgia be amended so as to allow the Georgia Department of Transportation to enter into multiyear construction agreements without requiring appropriations in the current fiscal year for the total amount of payments that would be due under the entire agreement so as to reduce long-term construction costs paid by the state?”
The Henry County SPLOST Department is working diligently to get as many transportation projects completed as possible while bid prices are lower, stretching the value of the penny sales tax to accomplish even more. The department currently has 13 SPLOST transportation projects totaling more than $61 million under construction, and has already completed eight others totaling $23,338,071.32.
Construction on the next phase of the South River Trail is expected to begin next fall and will add to the trail beyond the initial phase that was completed in 2008.
Andrew Hammer, projects manager with the Rockdale County Department of General Services and Engineering, said during an update to the Rockdale Board of Commissioners that construction is expected to begin in September on the next phase of the trail.
The latest section of the proposed 13-mile trail will run about 2.5 miles from Daniels Bridge Road, through the DeCastro family property donated to the county, and into the South Rockdale Community Park on Fairview Road.
The trail now ends at Alexander Lake on Flat Bridge Road, near the old Southerness Golf Course (pictured above). This portion of the trail was completed in 2008. The trail extends into DeKalb County to the Arabia Mountain Nature Center and the Mall at Stonecrest.
Eventually, the path will run along the river to connect the Arabia Mountain Nature Center with the Monastery of the Holy Spirit. The path itself will be a 12-foot-wide concrete trail for use by walkers and bicyclists.
Click here for more information (source: Rockdale Citizen)
As stated above, the region’s long-awaited first arterial bus rapid transit (BRT) service is set to open by the end of the year. The concept (shown below) dates back to 2002 and will include much needed pedestrian and signalization upgrades along the Memorial Drive corridor in Dekalb County.