Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to Add Cellphone Waiting Lot

February 29, 2012

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is opening its first cellphone waiting lot Thursday, offering a free place for people to wait while arriving passengers get to the curbside.

The airport is opening a 160-space cellphone lot for the South terminal at the east end of the park-ride reserve lot. Passengers cannot leave vehicles unattended, and airport officials will monitor the lot.

Cellphone lots have opened at a number of other airports around the country, allowing people to park and wait for free at a remote lot, often for a limited amount of time, until they receive a call from friends or family ready to be picked up at the curb.

Hartsfield-Jackson general manager Louis Miller hopes cellphone lots will reduce curbside congestion by cars circling the airport as they wait for friends or family to make their way to the curbside.

Ultimately, Miller aims to open a total of three cellphone lots at the airport — one each for the south, north and new international terminals.

Airports Council International-North America found that 47 of 89 airports it surveyed in 2010 have cellphone lots, including Charleston, Birmingham, Savannah/Hilton Head, New York-John F. Kennedy, Washington Dulles, Miami and many others. Some lots offer Wi-Fi coverage or flight information displays.

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Eleven Agencies Selected for Annual Federal Transit Administration Funding

February 27, 2012

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded more than $3.3 million in federal funding to 11 sub recipients that operate transportation services and programs that serve persons with disabilities, individuals with limited income, and older adults in the region.  This funding is part of the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Section 5316 Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) and Section 5317 New Freedom grant programs and is distributed annually.  Agencies in metro Atlanta received $1,790,075* in JARC funding and $1,525,832.50* in New Freedom funding.

The goal of the JARC program is to improve access to transportation services to and from employment and employment-related activities for welfare recipients and eligible low-income individuals.  JARC also aims to transport residents of urbanized areas and nonurbanized areas to suburban employment opportunities.

The New Freedom program aims to provide additional tools to overcome existing barriers facing Americans with disabilities who desire integration into the work force and full participation in society.  New Freedom also seeks to reduce barriers to transportation services and expand the transportation mobility options available to people with disabilities beyond the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.

Click here to view the full press release.

Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District to Study Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements on Indian Trail Road

February 24, 2012

The Atlanta Regional Commission has given $48,000 to the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District to study pedestrian and bicycle improvements on Indian Trail Road.

District officials say the study will examine strategies for transforming Indian Trail Road into a walkable, economically viable corridor. “Our goal is to ensure that access to local businesses and institutions is as safe and convenient as possible and we appreciate ARC’s continued support in those efforts,” said Gwinnett Village Executive Director Chuck Warbington.

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First Quarter 2012 TIP Administrative Modifications Due

February 24, 2012

The  1st  Quarter 2012 TIP Administrative Modifications of the FY 2012-2017 TIP are due on Friday February 24th  and will be processed by March 9th.  Requests should be submitted via PlanIt, ARC’s new web-based project database application, by the due date. For more information on administrative modification criteria and future due dates, visit www.atlantaregional.com/tip. For questions, contact Jean Hee Park at 404-463-3282 or jpark@atlantaregional.com.

Transportation Planning and Partnering with Area Agencies on Aging

February 21, 2012


Transportation is one of the major challenges for older adults and people with disabilities who desire to remain independent in their homes and communities. In the Atlanta region, one in five residents will be aged 60 and over by 2030.  Transportation professionals can help address this issue by engaging and partnering with their local Area Agency on Aging (AAA).  The Atlanta Regional Commission’s Area Agency on Aging, and other AAAs in the region, offer data, program implementation experience, community networking, and advocacy to help guide and support federal, state and local transportation plans, funding opportunities and policies that integrate the needs of older adults and persons with disabilities.

Read the Atlanta Area Agency on Aging’s ‘10 Tips for Working with Area Agencies on Aging’ featured in the National Center on Senior Transportation’s December 2011 NCST Today.  For more information please visit http://www.atlantaregional.com/aging-resources.

Douglasville City Council Makes Moves to Make Sidewalks a Reality

February 15, 2012

Douglasville City Council members approved several items Monday that will allow the city to move forward on the construction of three major sidewalk projects.

Council members accepted bids and authorized the mayor to sign construction contracts for the following sidewalk projects: Arbor Parkway and Stewart Parkway; Club Drive and Bowden Street; and Malone Road.  Members also authorized the mayor to sign a Local Let Construction Agreement with the Georgia Department of Transportation for each project.

Councilman Larry Yockey asked during Thursday’s work session if the city planned to communicate with residents that live on those street to let them know the sidewalks are coming.

“I’m sure that there will a lot of interest to know they’re coming,” City Manager Bill Osborne said.

Osborne said there will be talks with the mayor and council on how to notify residents and any possible groundbreakings.

“All of us have been waiting a long time for this,” he said.

Following Monday night’s vote, Yockey said that the city has been waiting for the sidewalks since about 2004.

“I think this is a great thing for the community,” he said.

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Congress Continues Work on Transportation Funding Solution as Highway Trust Fund Coasts on Fumes

February 3, 2012

Federal transportation funding news from Governing.com

The Highway Trust Fund — the primary account used to fund federal spending on roads, highways and transit — is set to go broke over the course of the next two years, according to the Congressional Budget Office’s newest forecast released today.

CBO explains the trust fund’s challenges succinctly:

“Although the number of miles that people drive is projected to increase as the economy grows, CBO expects the effect of that increase on fuel use to be largely offset by improvements in the fuel economy of vehicles, mainly because of increases in the government’s fuel economy standards.”

The trust fund actually has two accounts: one that pays for highways and highway programs, and one that pays for transit.

The new report finds that sometime during 2013, the highway account will no longer be able to meet its obligations. The same will happen to the transit account in 2014.

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Meanwhile, work continues in both the House and Senate on a transportation reauthorization bill. The Senate bill provides two years of transportation funds, based upon current motor fuel tax revenue levels. The bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) is summarized here. The competing House bill envisions calls for six years of funding and relies in part on predicted revenues from increased oil and gas exploration. A summary of the House bill, the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act, may be found here.