Beltline Transit Implementation Strategy Meeting Announcement

November 30, 2011

Please join staff from Atlanta Beltline Incorporated on December 1st to learn and discuss the implementation of transit on the Atlanta Beltline project. Attendees will see the latest maps and analysis of potential transit corridors and will be asked to provide input on the work completed to date. Since beginning more than a year ago, ABI and the City of Atlanta have been working on the Transit Implementation Strategy for the City of Atlanta. This process involves evaluating transit corridors along the Atlanta BeltLine, which will result in an implementation strategy for transit on the Beltline.

When: Thursday, Dec. 1 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
WhereFriendship Baptist Church, 437 Mitchell St., SW Atlanta


Regional Transportation Projects Recognized

November 23, 2011

Several regional local governments and consultants were recognized recently for work on transportation projects at this year’s Georgia Partnership for Transportation Quality (GPTQ) Preconstruction Design Competition. The Georgia Partnership for Transportation Quality (GPTQ) is a continuation of the partnership that began between the Georgia Department of Transportation, consultants, and contractors and continues with high quality solutions to Georgia’s transportation needs.  These annual awards are intended to recognize creativity, sensitivity and command of technical and organizational skills necessary to forge such solutions.

Here are the winners for the 2011:

  • 2011 GPTQ Preconstruction Award for Best Traffic Safety/Intersection Design – Parsons Transportation Group and Cobb County DOT for the Acworth Due West Road project.
  • 2011 GPTQ Award for Best Context Sensitive Design and Public Participation Project – Parsons Transportation Group and the Georgia Ports Authority for the Jimmy DeLoach Connector

Congratulations to all 2011 GPTQ award winners!


ARC’s Livable Centers Initiative Awards $34 Million to 13 Communities

November 21, 2011

Through its award-winning Livable Centers Initiative (LCI), the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is awarding 13 local governments a total of $34 million to build innovative transportation projects. These communities will use the grants to make their LCI study areas more walkable, livable and, in some cases, more supportive of transit.

Each of these projects includes pedestrian and bicycle improvements that make the local roads, “complete streets.” Several implement technologies and features never seen in the Atlanta region.

The recipients have been awarded grants in the past that helped them create plans to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality by better connecting homes, shops and offices; enhancing streetscapes and pedestrian amenities; and improving access to transit options.  The LCI transportation funds were awarded to communities that have taken strides to follow through with those plans.

The 13 communities chosen, out of 48 that applied are:

  • City of Atlanta (Buckhead Community), Peachtree Corridor, $1.5 million
  • City of Conyers, Hardin/O’Kelly Bike and Pedestrian Facilities, $3.6 million
  • City of Decatur, Clairemont-Commerce-Church Bike and Pedestrian Improvements, $2.1 million
  • City of Doraville, New Peachtree Bike and Pedestrian Improvements, $2.3 million
  • City of East Point, Downtown-MARTA Connectivity Project, $3.9 million
  • City of Fairburn, West Broad Street Bike and Pedestrian Facilities, $3.1 million
  • City of McDonough, Town Square Connectivity and Pedestrian Safety, $1.3 million
  • City of Atlanta (Midtown District), Juniper Street Bike and Pedestrian Facilities, $3.4 million
  • City of Monroe, North Broad Street Bike and Pedestrian Improvements, $1.6 million
  • DeKalb County, Lake Hearn Drive, Perimeter Summit Parkway, Parkside Place Bike and Pedestrian Facilities, $3.1 million
  • City of Atlanta, Ponce de Leon Avenue Pedestrian Facilities and Beltline Connections, $4 million
  • City of Suwanee, Buford Highway Bike and Pedestrian Facilities and intersection improvements, $3.3 million
  • DeKalb County, Tucker Streetscape, $960,000

The LCI program is funded with federal transportation dollars. Once communities have completed their plans, they are eligible for this larger pot of federal funding to build the transportation projects required to see their plans realized. Each community must also pay matching funds to help cover project costs.

“LCI has helped communities across metro Atlanta re-tool and redesign over the years, creating more places that attract residents and businesses alike,” said Doug Hooker, ARC Executive Director. “This program is a model for others around the country and has helped to create or finalize many of our region’s most innovative and livable communities.”

Since the first LCI grants were awarded in 2000, more than 84,000 residential units, 21 million square feet of commercial space and 45 million square feet of office space are either planned, under construction or completed in these areas. Region-wide, 41 percent of all office space built since 2000 has been built within LCI areas. And, LCI areas have attracted eight percent of all new residential units and 21 percent of all new commercial development built in the region.

For more on ARC’s LCI program and a list of past recipients, visit www.atlantaregional.com/lci


FTA Title VI / Environmental Justice Information Session to be held today

November 17, 2011

The Federal Transit Administration invites the public to attend an information session regarding proposed Title VI and Environmental Justice Circulars today (November 17th 2011) at the MARTA headquarters atrium from 6PM to 9PM.  Attendance is free, but please RSVP beforehand at www.FTAInformationSessions.com.


Learn More About the Northwest Corridor Project

November 9, 2011

Learn more about the Northwest Corridor Project at several upcoming public informational events.  Project planners and staff will be available to answer your questions and take your comments about this High Occupancy Toll (HOT) project proposal.  Displays depicting project information, as well as the project’s Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), will be available.

November 9, 2011

Cobb Community Transit

Marietta Transfer Center

S. Marietta Pkwy

Marietta, GA 30060

5:00 – 7:00pm

November 19, 2011

Cumberland Mall

1000 Cumberland Mall

Atlanta, GA 30339

12:00 – 4:00pm

Please call 404-377-4012 with any questions.