Transportation Investment Act Online Survey Now Available

April 28, 2011

Make Your Voice Heard!

The Atlanta Regional  Transportation Roundtable for the 10-county area wants your help as it prepares to make tough decisions.  Please complete this brief survey and tell them your transportation priorities for the future – www.surveymonkey.com/s/6BH86N5.  The Survey will be available until May 15th.

(If you live outside the 10-county area, please feel free to pick a county with which you are familiar for Question #3.)


Transportation Funding Highlights From the Final FY 2011 Federal Spending Bill

April 26, 2011

Below is a summary from the American Planning Association (APA) on the recently passed 24-week continuing resolution that funds the remainder of Fiscal Year 2011, which addresses TIGER II grants, Highway & Transit funding and decreases in the high speed rail program. A brief update of the status on negotiations towards a new long-term surface transportation bill is also included.

All major [Federal] transportation programs received cuts or rescissions in the final [24-week continuing resolution] spending bill. With a reauthorization effort expected to begin over the next month and the administration pushing for a $556 billion, six-year investment plan, this bill is a weak launching point.

The TIGER program — part of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities joint venture with EPA and HUD — received $528 million for FY11 grants. This program was authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 with $1.5 billion in funding. In FY10, TIGER II received $600 million, with $35 million specifically set aside for planning grants. The $528 million available for FY11 does not contain this setaside. It is unsurprising that TIGER continued to receive funding, as it is generally considered a successful program by members on both sides of the aisle. The multi-modal, discretionary style of TIGER grants has received enough positive feedback that proposals for a National Infrastructure Bank have used it as a model. The administration proposed a $30 billion bank as part of its six-year reauthorization plan and legislation to establish a bank has been introduced by Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.) and in the House by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.). Read the rest of this entry »


MARTA Schedules Hearings on FY 2012 Budget

April 15, 2011

MARTA invites all senior citizens and individuals with disabilities to attend a preliminary public meeting to discuss a possible fare increase proposed for Fiscal Year 2012.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

MARTA Annex Building Cafeteria,

2400 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta GA, 30324

MARTA’s Fiscal Year 2012 fare proposal and how proposed fare increases may impact seniors and individuals with disabilities will be discussed.  Participants will also have an opportunity to provide comment on the proposed fare increase for consideration by MARTA’s Board of Directors

All meetings are held in accessible facilities. Free transportation will be provided to and from the MARTA Annex Building Cafeteria from the MARTA Headquarters building at Lindbergh Center Station. If you require any special arrangements or materials, please contact the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity at (404) 848-4037 or lsemeah@itsmarta.com  by 3:00 PM on April 18, 2011.


CCT to Hold Public Hearings on Fare & Service Modifications

April 13, 2011

Cobb Community Transit has scheduled a series of public hearings to discuss proposed service and fare modifications. Meetings will be held at the following locations:

Cobb Super Station (Thursday, April 21, 2pm-4pm and 6pm-8pm)

Precinct #3

1901 Cumberland Parkway, Atlanta

770-499-4183

 

East Cobb Government Center (Tuesday, April 26, 2pm-4pm and 6pm-8pm)

4400 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta

770-499-4447


South Cobb Government Center (Wednesday, April 27, 2pm-4pm and 6pm-8pm)

4700 Austell Road, Austell

770-499-4494

 

Cobb Central Library (Thursday, April 28, 2pm-4pm and 6pm-8pm)

266 Roswell Street, Marietta

770-528-2320

 

The public is invited to attend any time during the scheduled hours to provide input on the proposed fare increase and service modifications and to make and/or submit comments to be reviewed and considered by the Cobb Board of Commissioners. Specific information regarding the proposed fare increase and service modifications will be available at each meeting. There will be no formal presentation.


In Guangzhou, Balancing Modes Key to Successful Transportation System

April 7, 2011

Photo Credit: Baiyun Shan

As the Chinese economy has brought millions of its citizens into the middle class, car sales have boomed in recent years. All those cars brought traffic congestion, prompting municipal authorities in Bejing to implement a series of policy changes aimed at curbing auto usage. Unforeseen results followed. According to this New York Times article, Guangzhuou, a city of more than 10 million, planned ahead and has been able to take a different approach:

“Gridlock is not yet a crippling problem in Guangzhou, or in many smaller cities across the country. City leaders are leery of discouraging car sales.

“At the current time, Guangzhou does not have plans to follow Beijing’s new limit on the issuance of car license plates in 2011,” said Chen Haotian, a vice director of the city’s powerful Development and Reform Commission. “Our city has a very good subway system, which should help to alleviate big traffic jams.”

Guangzhou had severe traffic jams a decade ago, but moved more quickly than Beijing to build a subway network that opens 30 kilometers, or 20 miles, of new lines each year. Traffic flows more smoothly in the city than in Beijing, although Guangzhou still had to impose restrictions on who could drive, based on license plate numbers, during the Asian Games, which just ended.”

As shown in the video below, Guangzhou’s balanced, multimodal transportation system moves  the masses efficiently by bus, train, bike and automobile.


Regional Commuter Survey 2010 Now Available

April 1, 2011

The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) periodically conducts a Regional Commuter Survey of the employed population in the Atlanta nonattainment area. CTE uses the Regional Commuter Survey as the primary tool to assess general trends in awareness, attitudes, and use of alternative forms of transportation for commuting among residents in the metropolitan Atlanta region. This report presents highlights from the Regional Commuter Survey CTE conducted in August and September of 2010. CTE will also prepare the 2010 Regional Commuter Survey Technical Report that will include more detailed data analysis as well as conclusions and recommendations based on the survey findings.

A few highlights:

  • 27% of all survey respondents telework at least occasionally, up 7% from the last survey in 2007. About one-quarter of respondents (22%) who do not currently telework reported that their job responsibilities would be conducive to teleworking and 70% of these respondents said they would like to telework. This pool of potential teleworkers represents 11% of the full-time employed population.
  • The majority of respondents (90%) either agreed or strongly agreed with the statement that “air quality is a serious problem in the Atlanta area.” This is an increase from the 2007 survey when 83% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed with the statement. Nearly all survey respondents (98%) agreed or strongly agreed with the statement that “traffic congestion is a serious problem in the Atlanta area.” This compares to 97% in 2007.
  • When respondents were asked to rate the importance of key travel attributes in their commute mode decision, dependability was rated highest, considered extremely important by 78% of respondents. Safety (77%), flexibility (56%), travel time (48%), and cost (45%) were the next highest rated attributes. Use of travel time productively had the lowest average score, considered extremely important by 38% of respondents.

To read the full 2010 Atlanta Regional Commuter Survey, visit GDOT’s Air Quality page.