Emory Selected as Bicycle Friendly University

March 30, 2011

Emory University in Dekalb County has been named as a national Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists.

The honor was awarded through the Bicycle Friendly America program of the League of American Bicyclists, considered the primary advocacy organization for cycling.

“It’s exciting to have recognition for the effort we put into promoting cycling and incentivizing people to adopt the bicycle as a form of transportation,” says Jamie Smith, director of Bike Emory.

Award-winning incentives cited for Emory included:

•  Discounts for students, faculty and staff on new bicycles and accessories;

•  Pre-ordering discounts on new bikes including a free helmet, lock, delivery and 90 days of free maintenance;

•  Twice-weekly, on-campus mobile repair center; and

•  Parking pass and Guaranteed Ride Home program eligibility.

Visit Bike Emory for more information

ARC’s Fifth Online Public Meeting: Draft Transportation Recommendations

March 24, 2011

ARC invites you to help determine how we will travel throughout the region for the next 30 years. How? By participating in our online public meeting at your convenience between now and April 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. This online public meeting is available 24/7. For more information, call 404.463.3272 or email PLAN2040@atlantaregional.com.

Consultant Team Selected for Construction of Downtown Transportation Hub

March 22, 2011

Proposed MMPT Site

From the Georgia Department of Transportation:

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is pleased to announce that the team of Forest City/Cousins/INTEGRAL has been selected for the purpose of initiating negotiations with GDOT for the Master Developer contract for the Atlanta Downtown Multi-Modal Passenger Terminal (MMPT). The major technical subconsultants for the selected team include FX FOWLE, Kimley-Horn, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Cooper Carry and Urban Collage.

Proposing teams were shortlisted by representatives from each of the partner organizations, including MARTA, the City of Atlanta, The Atlanta Regional Commission, the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA), and Central Atlanta Progress/Atlanta Downtown Improvement District. Technical advisers from each organization provided a discipline-oriented review of the proposals to the final evaluation committee, which was comprised of GDOT staff.

“This truly is a collaborative effort between GDOT and our partners,” said Commissioner Vance C. Smith, Jr. “All three of the proposer teams are exceptional and the evaluation committee’s task of selecting the most qualified is not easy.” GDOT and its partner organizations expect to complete the negotiation and approval process and have a Master Developer Team under contract by mid-summer 2011.

This announcement also initiates the public comment period for the review of the executive summaries for each proposal. A public hearing will be held on Wednesday, March 30, 2011, from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. at GDOT headquarters. Instructions for commenting via the web or in person at the public hearing, as well as for viewing the executive summaries, can be located at www.GeorgiaP3.com.

The Atlanta MMPT will serve as the hub for existing and proposed transportation networks serving metro Atlanta and beyond, including MARTA rail and bus systems, regional express bus systems and the Georgia railroad network. It may also accommodate future transportation, including high speed rail, light rail and streetcar services. In addition to its transportation functions, the MMPT will serve as a catalyst for one of the largest Transit Oriented Development (TOD) projects in the U.S., to include commercial, recreational and residential mixed-use development.

Cobb SPLOST Penny to Fund Transportation Improvements

March 17, 2011

Cobb voters narrowly passed a SPLOST referendum yesterday, securing the funds to pay for various future local infrastructure needs. Roughly half of the projected $492 million to be raised by the four-year, 1% sales tax will be used to build transportation improvements for the citizens of Cobb County.

Cobb SPLOST Project Map (click to expand)

SPLOST transportation highlights include:

  • Roadway capacity and operational improvements
  • Roadway resurfacing
  • Replacement and rehabilitation of structurally deficient bridges
  • Expanded sidewalk coverage
  • Transit operational improvements
  • Various municipal transportation improvements

For a full project list and more information on the 2012-2015 Cobb SPLOST program, please visit  www.cobbsplost2011.org

Survey to Determine Travel Habits, Shape Transportation Solutions

March 14, 2011

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) will begin contacting households throughout the Atlanta region today and asking a sample of residents to record their travels for one day. Some participants will be asked to wear a personal GPS device or to attach one to each vehicle in their household.

ARC is working to better determine how, why and where people travel so that the regional planning agency’s transportation professionals can better determine which projects are most important to regional mobility.

When the travel researchers call, they will ask the head of the household to set up one weekday in the future during which all members of the household will record their daily travels. Once the date is determined, researchers will send a travel log for each household member and a GPS device to those at least 16 years of age, if the home is chosen for GPS.

“We encourage all those who are contacted to take the time to participate in this important travel survey,” said Chick Krautler, ARC director. “A few minutes time to participate may save you travel time in the future.”

More information is available at www.improvegeorgiatravel.com. There is also a hotline for questions or comments at 888-223-6234. The survey will be available in English and Spanish.

It’s Your Region: Tell Us How You See It

March 10, 2011

Want to make a lasting impact on the region’s future? Here’s your chance! The Civic League for Regional Atlanta and Atlanta Regional Commission are hosting five Neighborhood Forums designed to involve the citizens of the region in the plans and decisions shaping the region.

The upcoming forums focus on PLAN 2040, the region’s state- and federally-mandated blueprint for accommodating the region’s growth sustainably. It addresses land use, transportation, housing, economics, human services, greenspace and water and air quality — all critical considerations given that our population is likely to grow by nearly 3 million people over the next 30 years.

All Neighborhood Forums are free and open to the public, though registration is requested to ensure that we have enough seating and materials (and snacks!) for everyone. Forums run from 6:45 to 9:00 PM.


March 10 – Wendell Coffee Golf & Events Center

1963 Hwy. 74 N, Fayetteville, 30214

(Fayette, S. Fulton, Coweta and Spalding counties)

March 22 – J.P. Carr Services Center

1090 Hardin Street SW, Conyers, 30012

(Rockdale, Clayton, Henry and Newton counties)

March 31 – Manuel Maloof Auditorium

1300 Commerce Dr, Decatur, 30030

(DeKalb County and City of Atlanta)

April 14 – Suwanee City Hall

330 Town Center Avenue, Suwanee, 30024

(Gwinnett, N. Fulton, Barrow, Forsyth and Walton counties)

April 19 – Mansour Center

995 Roswell St NE, Marietta, 30060

(Cobb, Cherokee, Douglas, Bartow and Paulding counties)

GDOT to Improve Congested I-85/GA-400 Interchange

March 4, 2011

From the Georgia Department of Transportation:

The Georgia Department of Transportation is pleased to advise you of a project on I-85 southbound that will improve safety and ease congestion created by heavy traffic volume from Georgia 400 merging onto I-85 southbound in Fulton County.

Work will begin Sunday, March 13, 2011, to restripe one lane of Interstate 85 southbound to produce a dedicated merge lane — a “free on” lane — for traffic on Georgia 400 southbound at its merge with    I-85. The rightmost (outside) lane of I-85 southbound will be restriped from just south of Exit 86 (Peachtree Street) to the Georgia 400 on-ramp; I-85 traffic will then have three general purpose lanes on the left and the HOV lane.  After the restriping, motorists merging onto I-85 from Georgia 400 southbound will have two dedicated lanes for a much longer distance. The outside Georgia 400 lane (right exit lane) will end at the same location where it ends today. Work will be completed by morning rush hour on Monday, March 14 (weather permitting). Read the rest of this entry »