LCI Project Implementation & Bike/Ped News in Dekalb

September 28, 2010

Emory Village Revitalization Plan (courtesy Alliance to Improve Emory Village)

Here’s an update on a previous Spotlight post on pedestrian and roadway improvements to the Emory University area in Dekalb County, from the Alliance to Improve Emory Village:

Phase One of the Emory Village road project continues. The first phase includes the renovation of sidewalks, curbs and other streetscape features on the southwest side of North Decatur Road (between Peavine Creek/Panera Bread and Supercuts). Access to the business parking lots along this side of North Decatur Road will remain open. This work began in earnest in late August and included reducing North Decatur Road to one lane in each direction and adding a turn lane between Clifton Road and the Lullwater Roundabout. Below is an update from the project managers at PBS&J. Read the rest of this entry »

Finish the Job: Complete Streets Workshop Announced

September 14, 2010

Complete Street Example (courtesy of

The next installment of ARC‘s Community Planning Academy will take place on September 28th in Decatur and focus on the topic of Complete Streets. Registration for the course, which is eligible for AICP Certification Maintenance credits, starts at $50. Complete Streets are roads designed to meet the needs of all users – vehicular traffic, pedestrians, transit users, cyclists and others. Local governments across the country, as well as several in our region, have adopted and started implementing Complete Streets policies. Positive benefits of Complete Streets include increased connectivity, safe transportation alternatives and healthier and more active communities.

Participants will hear from local-government representatives who have experience implementing Complete Streets policies in the Southeast. Experts from NCDOT, Charlotte DOT and Louisville, KY will all be on hand. This course will give participants a better understanding of the concept of Complete Streets, what elements are customarily included in an effective policy and examples of successful policies that have been implemented.

To register and find out more about this and upcoming Community Planning Academy workshops, visit the CPA website.

Cobb Opens Regional Transportation Management Center

September 9, 2010

August 19, 2010 ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of RTM

More information from Cobb DOT:

The Cobb County Department of Transportation has completed construction on the new Regional Transportation Management Center (RTMC) in Marietta, Georgia. Cobb County’s new RTMC will provide commuters with improvements to traffic signal and incident management as well as more responsive real-time traveler information.

Utilizing state-of-the-art technology and an impressive 8 ft . by 16 ft . video screen wall, the RTMC is the nerve center overseeing area transportation systems and is an integral part of Metro Atlanta’s Advanced Transportation Management Center operated by the Georgia Department of Transportation.

The RTMC facility was designed according to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards to ensure energy efficiency and environmentally conscientious construction. This project is the first of its kind in the region and is registered with the US Green Building Council.

Commuters can receive real-time traffic data provided by the RTMC at both the Cobb DOT web page and their Twitter feed. For more information about the new RTMC, visit the Cobb DOT web page at

Gwinnett County Establishes Commute Resource Program

September 7, 2010

Gwinnett County officials held a press conference for Department of Transportation’s GC Smart Commute program on Aug. 24. The program helps Gwinnett commuters plan their daily commute by providing live traffic feeds of heavily-traveled intersections and corridors.  Speakers included Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charles Bannister and Gwinnett County Department of Transportation Director Brian Allen.

Live feeds show real-time traffic looped for 12 heavily-used intersections and corridors in Gwinnett County during peak hours of commuter traffic; 16 intersections are shown during off-peak hours. The intersections include: Read the rest of this entry »

Discuss Regional Growth and Transportation Funding at ARC’s Third Online Public Meeting

September 2, 2010

ARC invites you to help develop policies that will affect the way the Atlanta region grows and how we travel throughout the region. How? By participating in ARC’s online public meeting at your convenience before September 30. Your opinions will help shape the region’s future through PLAN 2040. Review the facts and take a few minutes to give ARC your thoughts or to ask questions that might lead to policy decisions. This online public meeting is available 24/7. For more information, call 404.463.3272 or email

Committee Preview – September TCC/TAQC

September 1, 2010

Below is a preview of several agenda items that will be featured at meetings for either the general session of ARC’s Transportation Coordinating Committee (TCC) or the Transportation and Air Quality Committee (TAQC) during the month of September. Anyone interested in regional transportation policy issues should attend these meetings, which are held monthly and are open to the public. For TCC/TAQC meeting times, agendas, minutes and presentation materials, please visit ARC’s committee homepage.

Plan 2040

An update will be given on Plan 2040 work activities, including technical analysis.  Details of upcoming jurisdictional consultation meetings in September will be discussed, including expected meeting outcomes.

CTP Program

Reagan Hammond will provide an update on the Comprehensive Transportation Plan Program including information on CTPs that have been completed, CTPs scheduled for FY 2011, a schedule for when jurisdictions are eligible to receive funding for updates to their CTPs and a short discussion on scope of work ideas for CTP updates.

Regional Transit Committee

The last meeting of the Regional Transit Committee was focused primarily on governance issues.  The group adopted a definition of “transit supporting jurisdiction” for eligibility as a member of the future Regional Transit Authority and reviewed a proposal from staff on a weighted voting methodology.   ARC staff will highlight both at Friday’s TCC meeting.  For you reference, you can find these items here.