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.
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.