Ten Agencies Selected for Federal Transit Administration Funding

June 21, 2011

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded more than $2.3 million in federal funding to 10 recipients that operate transportation programs or transit routes that serve individuals who do not drive because of age, disability or because they cannot afford a car.

The funding is part of the Federal Transit Administration’s Section 5316 Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) and Section 5317 New Freedom grant programs. Government agencies, transportation providers and nonprofit organizations use the grants to fund capital expenses and operating costs that involve reverse commuting, travel voucher programs or other programs that benefit low-income earners, disabled persons and/or older adults who use transit or other transportation alternatives for trips related to employment, healthcare, basic necessities and quality of life. Read the rest of this entry »

Public Invited to Participate in Transportation Townhall Meetings

June 8, 2011

Phones across the Atlanta region will be ringing beginning June 13, as members of the Atlanta Regional Transportation Roundtable involve residents in selecting transportation improvements for the Atlanta region.

This series of telephone townhall meetings will reach out to more than 1 million residents through innovative technology that will allow roundtable members to speak directly with members of the community about the Transportation Investment Act and local transportation priorities. Residents of designated areas will be called at random each night through an automated system and invited to participate in the telephone forum. If they choose to participate, they can discuss their priorities with local Roundtable representatives who are preparing to select projects to be funded by a regional penny sales tax referendum in July 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

Public Weighs in on Transportation Investment Act

June 3, 2011

As the next step in selecting the transportation projects that will go before voters in next year’s referendum on a regional one percent sales tax, the Executive Committee of the Atlanta Regional Transportation Roundtable last week heard from the residents who will be going to the polls.

In addition to receiving comments from individuals and organizations during the meeting, the Executive Committee, along with 10 other Roundtable members who were present, discussed the findings from its initial public outreach. Since March, the Roundtable has conducted 12 focus groups around the region, a statistically valid two-question poll of more than 1,000 regional residents and an online survey that generated more than 9,000 responses.

Perhaps the most important lesson that Roundtable members learned is that despite the different tools used to conduct research, the messages from the public were fairly consistent: Read the rest of this entry »