Cyclists Invited to Join Metro Atlanta City Officials in Ride for Improved Bicycle Conditions

January 28, 2011

On March 22, 2011 the Metro Atlanta Mayors Association (MAMA) will co-sponsor the Sixth Annual “Georgia Rides to the Capitol” event to raise support for the development of a regional-scale bicycle network of both on-road facilities and multi-use-trails, and cycling connections focused around major transit facilities, activity centers and schools.

The public is invited to join metro-area mayors and council members for the free bike ride, which will have routes departing from the East Lake MARTA Station in the city of Decatur and the city of Roswell’s City Hall. Read the rest of this entry »

Multi-Modal Passenger Terminal Update

January 25, 2011

Below is a reposting of a recent press release from the Georgia Department of Transportation

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Transportation has posted the list of respondents to the Multi-Modal Passenger Terminal (MMPT) Request for Proposal. “We are very excited that three high caliber master developer teams submitted proposals for this project,” said Commissioner Vance Smith.

The proposers are as follows:

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1st Quarter 2011 Administrative Modifications Due

January 21, 2011

The 1st Quarter 2011 Administrative Modifications of the FY 2008-2013 TIP are due on Friday, February 18, and will be processed on March 4. Submittals may be forwarded via email to Jean Hee Park at no later than COB February 18.

To maintain focus on the Plan 2040 RTP and FY 2012-2017 TIP development process, to be adopted in July, the 1st Quarter Administrative Modifications will address only those changes impacting FY 2011 phases. All other requests impacting project phases in FY 2012 and beyond should be addressed through the Plan 2040 process.

For more information on administrative modification criteria, visit the FAQ page on our website or visit

Transportation Roundtable Elects Chairman, Appoints Reed to Executive Committee

January 19, 2011

Atlanta Regional Transportation Roundtable

At a called meeting of the Regional Transportation Roundtable on Thursday, January 13, Mayor Bucky Johnson of Norcross was elected chairman of the body and also non-voting chairman of the Roundtable’s Executive Committee. In those positions, Mayor Johnson will provide leadership and coordination to the process of creating a list of projects that could be funded by a Regional Transportation Referendum to be held in August, 2012.

With these new responsibilities, Mayor Johnson resigned as a voting member of the Executive Committee. His resignation cleared the path for Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to fill the position of the Executive Committee’s fifth voting member. Mayor Reed had the next-highest number of votes for the Executive Committee at the Roundtable’s first meeting, held last month. Read the rest of this entry »

Wanted: JARC and New Freedom Project Proposals

January 14, 2011

From January 13, 2011, through February 28, 2011, ARC and MARTA are jointly seeking eligible projects for Federal Transit Administration Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) and New Freedom program funds for fiscal year 2010.  Approximately $2.5 million dollars is available for competitive selection and distribution within the 18-county Atlanta Urbanized Area.

JARC Program Goals

The goal of the JARC program is to improve access to transportation services to employment and employment-related activities for welfare recipients and eligible low-income individuals and to transport residents of urbanized areas and nonurbanized areas to suburban employment opportunities.

New Freedom Program Goals

The New Freedom formula grant program aims to provide additional tools to overcome existing barriers facing Americans with disabilities seeking integration into the workforce and full participation in society. The New Freedom program seeks to reduce barriers to transportation services and expand the transportation mobility options available to people with disabilities beyond the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

For more information and to download an application please visit ARC’s Human Services Transportation page at or contact Kenyata Smiley at 404.463.3275.

New Year Brings FTA Study Grants to Cobb and Gwinnett

January 6, 2011

Happy New Year from ARC and Transportation Spotlight!

Starting 2011 on a positive note, both Cobb and Gwinnett counties have been awarded funds from the Federal Transit Administration to further explore transit options in their respective jurisdictions. Cobb was awarded $1,360,000 to study the Cobb Parkway/US 41 corridor, while Gwinnett received $600,000 to study transit options along the I-85 corridor to MARTA’s Doraville station. The funds were awarded from the FTA’s Alternative Analysis Grant program, which funds studies that evaluate the costs and benefits of various transit route and technology combinations, ultimately leading to a selection of a ‘Locally Preferred Alternative’ to be considered for FTA New Starts project construction funds. These activities will follow recently completed planning efforts in both jurisdictions that demonstrated a need for transportation alternatives along both corridors.

Cobb Parkway/US 41 Corridor

Special congratulations are in order for both jurisdictions as Alternatives Analysis funds are awarded on a competitive basis. Cobb and Gwinnett are amongst only 23 applicants nationwide to be awarded funds, out of a pool of 67 total applicants.

For more information on ongoing transit planning efforts along the Cobb Parkway/US 41 corridor, see the Cobb DOT website or this recent Marietta Daily Journal article on the subject. Also, check out this previous TSPOT post on the subject. For more on transit in Gwinnett, check out the Gwinnett Village CID I-85 corridor light rail feasibility study page.