Atlanta Streetcar Public Comment Period Opens

December 10, 2010

The City of Atlanta, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District and the Midtown Improvement District invite you to review and comment on the Environmental Assessment for the Atlanta Streetcar Project. The Environmental Assessment analyzes the potential environmental impacts of proposed rail transit along Peachtree Street, Auburn Avenue and Edgewood Avenue.

We want to hear from you. You can submit your comments until December 23, 2010:

By mail to: Paul Grether, Manager of Regional Service Coordination, MARTA,
2424 Piedmont Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30324-3330

By email:

By phone: 404.848.5299

By fax: 404.848.5132

TTY: (404) 848-5665 Monday through Friday from 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM; Weekends and most holidays from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM

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ARC’s Fourth Online Public Meeting: Strengthening Our Resources and Preparing for the Future

December 9, 2010

ARC invites you to help develop policies that will affect the way the Atlanta region grows and how we will travel throughout the region. How? By participating in our fourth online public meeting at your convenience before December 31. 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.

Our fourth online public meeting includes two different presentations that focus on how the plan will maximize the region’s resources. Two of our chief planners will be your narrators. This is the last online public meeting before we develop a draft PLAN 2040. You can review and comment on the draft PLAN 2040 in our final online public meeting in early 2011. This online public meeting is available 24/7 at

For more information, call 404.463.3272 or email

Reminder: The First Meeting of the Atlanta Regional Transportation Roundtable to be Held Next Week

December 7, 2010

Counties which encompass the Atlanta Regional Transportation Roundtable

As mentioned in an earlier Spotlight post, elected officials collaborating within Regional Transportation Roundtables across the state are now undertaking the processes outlined in the Transportation Investment Act of 2010 to develop lists of transportation projects to be built under a potential voter-approved 1 percent regional sales tax. The Atlanta Regional Commission Regional Roundtable will hold its first official meeting on December 17th, where the members are scheduled to approve guidelines for how the body will conduct business,  appoint an executive committee which will help develop a list of regional transportation projects for the full body to consider and adopt proposed criteria which potential projects must meet in order to be selected.

The public is encouraged to attend this important meeting, which is to be held at 9:30 at ARC (40 Courtland Street, Atlanta GA). For more information about the Atlanta Regional Roundtable and Transportation Investment Act of 2010, please visit ARC’s TIA 2010 resource page or GDOT’s TIA 2010 statewide information page.

Northwest Georgia Meets to Discuss Regional Transportation Improvements

December 2, 2010

Northwest Georgia counties and municipalities have taken the first steps toward implementing much-needed regional and local transportation projects with a potential 1 percent regional sales tax. Yesterday,  members of the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission Roundtable collaborated in Calhoun, completing several important administrative tasks that pave the way for selecting a list of transportation improvements to put before the region’s electorate in 2012. The Northwest Georgia Roundtable is one of 12 such bodies created by Georgia House Bill 277 – the Transportation Investment Act of 2010 (TIA 2010). All 12 Roundtables (whose boundaries coincide with those of existing Regional Commissions) will soon follow with their own efforts, including ARC. ARC is monitoring the efforts of adjacent Regional Commissions so that opportunities to leverage transportation investments across regions can be identified as the ARC Roundtable undertakes the same planning effort over the next year. Read the rest of this entry »