Atlanta “Cities for Cycling” Road Show: March 29th & 30th

March 27, 2012

The City of Atlanta, City of Decatur, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, Atlanta Regional Commission and National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) will be hosting the Atlanta Cities for Cycling Road Show on March 29-30, 2012. This is your opportunity to learn how cities around the United States are redesigning their streets to be more bicycle-friendly.  Representatives from Austin, Boston, the District of Columbia and nationally-recognized bicycle planning and design firms will share lessons learned and best practices in bikeway design, bike sharing, and related topics.

As part of NACTO’s efforts to promote best cycling practices, the organization conducts Road Show events.  These events feature public presentations and meetings with elected officials and transportation professionals, all designed to address local concerns and urge the host city to take the next step in integrating bicycling into their transportation networks. In 2010 and 2011, NACTO Cities for Cycling Road Shows were held in Boston, Baltimore, Chicago, and Philadelphia.

Please RSVP at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2XH6TZ9 by March 26 to help us organize the event. A number of seats are still available, so please pass this invitation along to other stakeholders who may be interested in bicycle planning, design, and implementation.


MARTA Releases Recommendations for Clifton Corridor Transit Initiative

March 26, 2012

MARTA has finalized a recommended locally preferred alternative (LPA) for the Clifton Corridor Transit Initiative.  The LPA is the alternative that, based on technical analysis and stakeholder input, would most effectively address the needs of the corridor and goals and objectives of the project. The Light Rail Transit 1 (LRT 1) Alternative has been identified as the recommended LPA, which includes 8.8 miles of new light rail service from Lindbergh Center Station in north-central Atlanta to Avondale Station in west-central DeKalb County.  The alternative includes 10 light rail station platforms and would provide direct service to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Emory University and Hospital, and the DeKalb Medical Center.  Further, the alternative would provide an alternative means for high-capacity evacuation from the CDC in the event of an emergency situation.

MARTA Planning staff will present the LPA recommendation to the MARTA Planning and External Relations Committee on March 26th at 10:00 a.m. and to the MARTA Board on April 9th at 1:30 p.m.  Both meetings will be held at MARTA HQ at Lindbergh Center.

Upon MARTA Board approval, staff will present the LPA to the Atlanta Regional Commission for adoption and incorporation into the long-range transportation plan.  Afterwards, the LPA will be advanced through the next step in the federal project development process, which is the completion of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). Questions or comments may be directed to Jason Morgan at  jmorgan@itsmarta.com


Chamblee Uses Streetscape Project to Make City More Pedestrian Friendly

March 26, 2012

According to the Champion Newspaper

The City of Chamblee is about to embark on a streetscape project that is estimated to cost approximately $250,000.  City officials hope to construct a 6-foot-wide sidewalk, as well as a 2-foot-wide section of paved brick, along Peachtree Road.  The new addition will begin at the intersection of Peachtree and Chamblee Tucker roads and end at Pierce Drive.

Vicki Coleman, director of Chamblee’s development department, said the impetus behind the project was to make the city more pedestrian friendly and to beautify the heavily trafficked area.  Coleman, who has been with the city since October 2011, said the project had been in the works prior to her hiring.  She said Chamblee was one of the first cities in metro Atlanta to obtain a grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) for its Livable Communities Initiative (LCI) program.

“This is one of those projects that will be part of the implementation to enhance the overall walkability of the city,” Coleman said.  “The LCI program is basically a program looking to further tie land use and transportation together.”

Bids for the Peachtree Road cityscape project close on April 6, and Coleman said she expects it will take at least another month to determine the lowest qualified bidder, and send the bid to the Chamblee City Council for approval.  “Probably the earliest date construction might begin would be in June,” Coleman said.

Coleman said the city is looking to make Chamblee a more pedestrian friendly by building streetscapes close to places such as the Chamblee MARTA station and city hall.  “This one particular project we’re working on will be at a [place] where pedestrian activity is encouraged, and I think that the city has done a lot to promote alternative modes of transportation like walking,” Coleman said of the Peachtree Road project.

Additionally, Coleman said the city will soon begin work on a similar project, which will be closer to city hall.

“There’s also a pedestrian path and trail system, and right now there is an abandoned rail spur being made for more pedestrian paths,” Coleman said.

Find this article at:
http://www.championnewspaper.com/news/articles/1542chamblee-uses-streetscape-project-to-make-city-more-pedestrian-friendly-1542.html 


Bicycle Signage Grants Available from Georgia Bikes

March 23, 2012

According to a recent Georgia Bikes e-mail blast

Could your community use some extra cash to improve bicycling conditions? We can help!

Georgia Bikes is very excited to offer Bicycle Signage Grants to communities in need of road markings or signage that improve bicycle safety.

Our grants, which will fund up to 50% of your signage purchase and installation, can help you improve your community with:

  • On-road pavement markings, known as “sharrows,”
  • Share the Road traffic signs,
  • Combination of sharrows and Share the Road signs, or
  • Other signage, such as “Bicycle May Use Full Lane.”

To apply for a Bicycle Signage Grant, please complete and submit our online application by 5:00 PM on April 30th, 2012.

For more information, please visit our website.


91-Year-Old Woman Fights Double Fares on Paratransit

March 22, 2012

According to 11 Alive News

Mildred Mallory, 91, and her caregiver Harriet Bradley are on a mission to end double-fares on Metro Atlanta’s paratransit services.  They say they will not give up until they get it stopped.  The pair say they want the same single fare and free transfer for the 10,000 eligible paratransit passengers that regular passengers have.  Right now, paratransit passengers have to pay a full fare on MARTA and suburban systems when transferring between carriers — regular passengers do not.  Bradley and Mallory have already met with officials from MARTA and the Atlanta Regional Commission.

Their next stop is the policy level — the ARC’s regional transit committee, which is chaired by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.  ARC Planner Kenyata Smiley says finding a temporary solution is a top priority.  “This is the Atlanta region.  I have been surprised as some things happen quickly, but others can take a very long time.  I hope in the interim and going forward that we can look at some type of coordination form the providers on this fare issue,” Smiley said.  A meeting of the Gwinnett County transit system planners, MARTA and the ARC is planned for later in March to try to come up with a solution.

“We can work together and see if we can temporarily stop the double fare while you go slow and do the fair thing.  Meeting face-to-face with ARC (and its transit group) is my next step,” Bradley said after the ARC Committee meeting.  Both Bradley and Mallory said they will do whatever it takes to get free transfers for paratransit passengers and put an end to the double fares.  “I am not giving up.   (Thank you) Ms. Mallory for taking the time and the courage to say they would come or think that anybody would listen.  They are listening and we’ve made a difference in that,” Bradley said.

Watch this story at: http://www.11alive.com/news/article/233288/6/91-Year-Old-Fights-to-End-Doube-Fares-on-Paratransit


Another Temporary Extension of SAFETEA-LU Likely Forthcoming

March 21, 2012
US Capitol

Credit: Florian Hirzinger

From Chairman Mica (US House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair)

Chairman John L. Mica announced that he will introduce a three-month extension of existing highway and transit programs. This extension of SAFETEA-LU will not include changes to current transportation policy. Mica stated:

“Tomorrow, I will introduce a short-term extension through June 30th to ensure continuity of current programs while I and House Republicans continue to work toward a responsible transportation bill that provides long-term certainty, reduces the size of government, eliminates earmarks, and is fully paid for. We continue to believe that linking energy and infrastructure is the responsible thing to do in order to meet our long-term needs.”

ARC believes the adoption of a multi-year federal surface transportation bill is a key component of an efficient transportation planning process. States, regions and local jurisdictions all require the stability and funding such a bill provides so that they may plan for and deliver larger scale, long-term transportation improvements. TSPOT continues to follow and report the latest news on this important issue.


Ponce de Leon Avenue will be Closed this Weekend and Next Weekend for Eastside Trail Construction.

March 20, 2012

According to the Atlanta BeltLine Blog

Beginning the weekend of March 23, 2012, the bridge over Ponce de Leon Avenue will be raised off of its existing abutments to be remediated, retrofitted and repainted as part of construction.  The stretch of road between Ponce de Leon Place and the Midtown Place Shopping Center (across from Ponce City Market) will be closed from March 23 through 26 and again from March 30 through April 1, 2012.  All of the shops at Midtown Place will be open and accessible during this road closure.

The closures will start at 9 p.m. on Friday evening and will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday morning.  Road signs have already been in place for the two weeks leading up to the closures to alert drivers on Ponce de Leon Avenue.

While the bridge is raised, crews will install decking and scaffolding to protect cars and pedestrians, remove old paint, prime the metal, and repaint it.  The bridge will then be fitted with unobtrusive security fencing as required by the Georgia DOT.  Additional weekend closures can be expected to lower the bridge and complete construction of the Eastside Trail.

Find this blog at:
http://atlantabeltlineblog.com/2012/03/eastside-trail-construction-update-and-concrete-progress-ponce-closing-this-weekend-and-progress-in-concrete-and-steel/