Cobb to break ground on new human services transportation facility

May 18, 2012

Rendering of future CCT Mobility Center (Credit: Niles Bolton Associates)

Cobb Community Transit will soon begin construction on a new mobility center. This center is being built to accommodate a wide range of human services transportation operations for Cobb County, including paratransit reservations, scheduling and dispatch. The facility will also include a learning center designed to provide travel training for seniors and individuals with disabilities. It will also house CCT’s current voucher programs, Cobb Senior Services transportation and will be home to future mobility programs to create a one‐stop transportation center. With the construction of this facility, all county public transportation operations will be centralized under one roof.

A groundbreaking event will be held to celebrate the construction of this new facility on Tuesday, May 22 at 9:30am, next to CCT administrative offices at 463 Commerce Park Drive, Marietta, GA 30060. For more information, please contact CCT at 770‐528‐4381.


Second Connect 400 Public Meeting Announced

May 15, 2012

Introduced in an earlier Spotlight post, work continues on Connect 400, the Alternatives Analysis study of potential transit improvements along Georgia 400 in North Fulton County. MARTA has scheduled a second public meeting to discuss potential transit improvements that could be made along this important transportation corridor.

Connect 400 study area

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Mimosa Elementary School in Roswell. See MARTA’s Connect 400 website or Facebook page for more information.


Streetscape Project Transforms Marietta Street

May 15, 2012

Rooted in in the LCI-funded 2001 Atlanta City Center study, the Marietta Street and Centennial Olympic Park Drive Transportation Improvement Project is nearly complete.  The project includes sidewalk improvements, intersection safety improvements and street improvements.  The area is one of Downtown’s main visitor routes connecting the CNN Center, Georgia World Congress Center, Georgia Aquarium, World of Coke and Centennial Olympic Park to Woodruff Park, Underground Atlanta and Five Points.  Funding for the project is being provided by the Georgia Department of Transportation through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  Matching funds are being contributed by the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District.  In-kind support and coordination is being provided by the City of Atlanta.


Learn About Transportation Referendum Projects in Your Area Through Upcoming Wireside Chats

May 8, 2012

The public is invited to talk to local officials about the upcoming transportation referendum. During 12 Wireside Chats over six evenings in June, local officials will provide a brief overview of and answer questions about the July 31st referendum and the project list it would fund. These evening phone conversations are organized by local jurisdictions and are open to all who wish to participate. Register at www.wiresidechats.com or by calling 404.463.3227.


Final Decatur Bike Map Now Available

May 7, 2012


As interest in cycling continues to grow around the region, finding safe and comfortable routes is a key question for many cyclists.  The City of Decatur’s Active Living Department and the Bike Decatur advocacy group have finalized a new bike map for the Decatur area which categorizes the city’s streets based on their level of comfort for cyclists of all ages and abilities.

The map uses three colors – green for “best conditions for cycling”; yellow for “medium conditions for cycling”; and red for “most difficult conditions” – to help adults and families determine their best routes to destinations throughout the city.  The map also includes the location of bike parking spaces, drinking fountains, bike lanes, challenging intersections, steep hills and bike shops, as well as many helpful tips to ride comfortably and safely.

The effort reflects a broader focus on determining how the roads and other facilities and, therefor, the comfort level of cyclists, affect the number of trips taken by riders of all abilities and experience levels.  The city’s new map is commonly referred to as a “bicycle suitability map” and reflects the opinions of knowledgeable users who ride frequently in the Decatur area.

While Decatur’s effort was largely qualitative (opinion-based), recent national research has helped develop quantitative (data-based) methods for calculating the quality of bicycling facilities in an area.  The formulas include many key roadway characteristics, such as presence or absence of bicycle facilities, amount and speed of vehicle traffic, posted speed limits, lane widths, roadway condition and more. These data help transportation planners see the perceived comfort of cyclists with roadways and how to make corridors more accommodating.

The ARC used a quantitative method in the region’s 2007 Bicycle Transportation & Pedestrian Walkways Plan to help determine the level of comfort for cyclists on a set of regional roadway corridors.  The resulting identification used an A-F scale (like school grades) to identify comfortable or uncomfortable roadway segments.  The level of comfort data can be used in conjunction with safety, demand and health data to help prioritize future infrastructure investments. ARC continues to develop the region’s capabilities in technical planning analysis for bicycle planning and expects to expand upon the suitability and data collection efforts in future updates to the region’s bicycle and pedestrian plan.


Summit to Discuss Mobility and Access for the Transportation Disadvantaged

May 3, 2012

Last year the Atlanta region ranked worst among large metro areas for access to transit for older adults, persons with disabilities and non-drivers. But, regional leaders have worked hard to create transportation alternatives. There are more options today than ever before and more are on the way.

Join us for a day-long summit to discuss what works and what else will increase transportation options to move Atlanta from worst to first. Presenters include:

Be a part of the discussion on innovative strategies and mobility management, followed by an in-depth workshop on the Regional Transportation Referendum.

Registration online is required. Deadline: May 31, 2012

The event will be held on June 7th, from 8AM to 3PM at the Loudermilk Center for Regional Community

Register at

www.atlantaregional.com/worst2first

Call 404-463-3243 with questions or comments.

$25 registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and parking


ARC named Bronze level Bicycle Friendly Business

May 2, 2012

The League of American Bicyclists has recognized the Atlanta Regional Commission as a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB).  The ARC joins a group of more than 400 local businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies across the United States that are transforming the American workplace.

“The Atlanta Regional Commission is honored to receive the distinction of Bronze Level Bike Friendly Business.  The ARC is committed to developing transportation alternatives to relieve traffic congestion, encourage economic development, improve air quality and make the Atlanta Region more sustainable,” said Doug Hooker, Executive Director of the Atlanta Regional Commission.

“These leaders are at the forefront of a movement to make American businesses more competitive, sustainable and attractive to the best and brightest employees,” said Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists.  “An investment in bicycling enhances employee health, increases sustainability and improves the bottom line.”

Bicycle-friendly businesses encourage and accommodate cycling as a transportation option for employees and customers.  The ARC encourages bicycling as an easy option by providing convenient indoor and outdoor parking, showers for employees, tools for minor repair, a shared office bike for short trips and various incentive programs for employees.  In addition to our own workplace, the ARC’s role as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) also supports a wide range of educational, encouragement and engineering programs to help expand cycling as a transportation solution throughout the Atlanta metropolitan region.

The Bicycle Friendly Community, Bicycle Friendly State, Bicycle Friendly Business and Bicycle Friendly University programs are generously supported by program partners Bikes Belong and Trek Bicycle’s One World, Two Wheels Campaign.  To learn more about building a Bicycle Friendly America, visit www.bikeleague.org/programs/bicyclefriendlyamerica

To apply or learn more about the free BFB program, visit the League online at bikeleague.org/businesses