City of Duluth Delivers Pedestrian Improvements to Davenport Road

August 26, 2011

Photo Credit Faye Edmundson/Duluth Patch

Great project implementation news from the City of Duluth:

The City of Duluth invites you to join us for the dedication of the Davenport Road Sidewalk and Road Improvement Project. In recognition of the successful partnership among many agencies and citizens, the community is invited to the ceremonial ribbon cutting of the newly improved Davenport Road. The celebration will be held along Davenport Road on Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 1:30 PM.

In conjunction with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) through their Transportation Enhancement (TE) Program and the High Priority Project matching grant program, the completion of these important sidewalk and roadway improvements represent one link in the ongoing efforts of the Mayor and City Council to improve the connectivity and safety within the City of Duluth.

The Honorable Mayor Nancy Harris will officiate the ceremony by opening the newly improved roadway and our GDOT Board Member, Rudy Bowen, will be making remarks. Photograph opportunities will be available immediately following the ceremony and a commemorative ribbon will be distributed. The entire ceremony is scheduled to last approximately one hour.

Signage will be posted to direct attendees to designated parking locations. We hope that you will be able to join us for the ribbon cutting of the revitalized Davenport Road on September 1, 2011 at 1:30 pm.

Please contact Melissa Muscato, City of Duluth Project Manager at 678-957-7284 if you have any question or need further information.

Draft Transportation List to Reshape Regional Mobility Adopted

August 16, 2011

The Executive Committee of the Atlanta Regional Transportation Roundtable reached a unanimous agreement on a draft list of transportation projects to get the region moving in the next 10 years. The five-member committee voted on Monday to approve a $6.14 billion draft list of transportation projects to be potentially funded by a penny sales tax to come before voters next year.

“Today, the Roundtable Executive Committee worked tirelessly to craft a constrained list of priority projects that represent tremendous benefits to the entire region,” said Norcross mayor Bucky Johnson, chairman of the Roundtable Executive Committee. “We had representatives from all the major jurisdictions in the Atlanta region rolling up their sleeves to help the Executive Committee select projects with the greatest impact. By working creatively and cooperatively, we approved a constrained list of investments today that can usher in a new era of transportation possibilities for our residents.”

With unprecedented amounts of public feedback, the five-member Roundtable Executive Committee completed their task of narrowing a $22 billion list of projects down to $6.14 billion. That meant whittling a regional list of more than 400 transportation projects to just over 100 in two and a half months.

The list now must be approved by the full 21-member Roundtable by October 15 and submitted to the Georgia Department of Transportation. The next meeting of the full Roundtable will be held on Friday, September 16.

In the meantime, residents of all 10 counties in the Atlanta region will have the opportunity to provide continued input to the final list through a series of public meetings planned throughout the Atlanta region.

Below is a list of public meetings to be held in September:

Wednesday, September 7: Douglas County

Tuesday, September 13: Henry County

Thursday, September 15: City of Atlanta

Monday, September 19: Cherokee County

Tuesday, September 20: Cobb County, Fayette County

Wednesday, September 21: Fulton County (north)

Monday, September 26: Gwinnett County

Tuesday, September 27: Rockdale County

Wednesday, September 28: DeKalb County, Fulton County (south)

Thursday, September 29: Clayton County

Transportation Roundtable Executive Committee Makes Progress on Project List

August 12, 2011

The Transportation Roundtable Executive Committee, tasked with developing a draft, $6.14 billion list of projects for consideration by the full Roundtable by August 15, is making good progress towards the goal.

In a meeting held today, the Roundtable Executive Committee endorsed a list honed to $6.56 billion by regional planning staff, through several intensive working sessions. The Executive Committee also agreed to meet again on Monday, August 15, at 1 p.m. to adopt a final constrained list.

“We have made tremendous progress, starting with a $23 billion list of regional transportation priorities and working cooperatively to make some hard decisions to whittle it down to this level,” said Roundtable Executive Committee chair, Bucky Johnson, Mayor of Norcross.  “Staff has done yeoman’s work to assist us, but now it is time for us to make some hard policy decisions.”

Mayor Johnson expressed the need to take the time necessary to get the very best list of new transportation options for voters to consider in a referendum to be held in 2012. “We have heard from the residents of this region and they want transportation solutions to congestion that improve their quality of life and attract jobs to our region,” he said.

The five-member Roundtable Executive Committee will work to trim approximately $450 million from the list to meet their target by Monday.  After Executive Committee approval of a draft list, the full Roundtable of 21 members will have an opportunity to weigh in, as will the public through 12 public meetings and on-line opportunities, until October 15.  That is the deadline specified by the Transportation Investment Act, for selecting a final list of transportation projects to go to voters next year.

FHWA/FTA Quadrennial Review of the Regional Planning Process in Atlanta Underway

August 12, 2011

The Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration are now in the process of reviewing the Atlanta region’s transportation planning process to ascertain compliance with all federal requirements. No less than every four years,  FHWA and FTA are required by federal law to conduct a review of metropolitan transportation planning processes. The Atlanta region’s transportation decision making is based on this process as well as what transportation projects are planned, selected and prioritized for implementation. Read the rest of this entry »

Special Meeting of the Regional Roundtable Executive Committee to be Held Today

August 9, 2011

Regional Roundtable Executive Committee Chairman Bucky Johnson has called for a special meeting to discuss the prioritization of roadway, aviation, bicycle and pedestrian projects for inclusion on a draft constrained list of projects. This will follow a similar discussion held during the August 4th Executive Committee meeting in which the committee narrowed the unconstrained transit list to six projects.

Today’s meeting will be held at 1PM at ARC.

Roundtable’s Executive Committee Targets Transit Priorities for Referendum List

August 9, 2011

On August 4th, the Executive Committee of the Atlanta Regional Transportation Roundtable reached a major milestone when it voted to pursue inclusion of seven major transit projects on the referendum list, worth approximately $3 billion. With a budget of $6.1 billion, that leaves some $3.1 billion for roads, sidewalks and possibly some smaller transit projects, to be determined by August 15, at which time the five-member Executive Committee will turn a draft referendum list over to the full 21-member Roundtable for consideration.

The list of transit projects to be funded initially included only rail projects (listed below in alphabetical order): Read the rest of this entry »

ARC Adopts Blueprint for the Atlanta Region’s Future

August 1, 2011

On Wednesday, July 27, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) adopted PLAN 2040, a 30-year blueprint to sustainably accommodate future growth in the Atlanta region. It consists of a Regional Agenda, which outlines future development priorities for the region; and the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), which invests $61 billion in the region’s transportation network over 30 years.

The foundation for PLAN 2040 is the idea of sustaining the region’s economy, environment and sense of community. It is a blueprint for improving mobility, protecting natural resources, promoting balanced and sustainable development and growing the economy. Read the rest of this entry »