Third Quarter 2012 TIP Administrative Modifications Due

July 27, 2012

The 3rd Quarter 2012 Administrative Modifications of the FY 2012-2017 TIP are due on Friday, August 3rd and will be processed by August 17th. Requests should be submitted by project sponsors 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 Barrett at 404-463-3282 or jbarrett@atlantaregional.com.


Dunwoody Safe Routes to School Open House

July 25, 2012

Kingsley Elementary Safe Routes to School Project-Open House
Date: July 26, 2012
Time: 6:00pm
Location: St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church
4755 North Peachtree Road
Dunwoody, GA

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a program created by the federal transportation bill, SAFETEA-LU.  The program’s goal is to increase the number of children in grades K-8 who bicycle and walk to school by increasing awareness, developing locally-driven and supported programs, improving bicycling and walking conditions near the qualifying schools and evaluating at the project and program levels.  In addition to federal funding, local governments and non-profit and advocacy organizations support Safe Routes to School efforts.

Additional SRTS Resources:

For more information about SRTS projects throughout the state of Georgia, visit GDOT’s SRTS Program website.  For more about  SRTS initiatives focused on outreach and education, see the Georgia SRTS Resource Center.  Finally, check out the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, which is a network of hundreds of organizations, government agencies and professional groups working to set goals, share best practices, secure funding and provide educational materials to agencies that implement SRTS programs.


GDOT Statewide Freight & Logistics Plan Wins National Award

July 24, 2012

The Transportation Planning Excellence Awards Program is a biennial awards program developed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and co-sponsored by the American Planning Association and the Transportation Research Board. The program provides a unique opportunity to recognize and celebrate the outstanding transportation planning practices performed by planners and decisionmakers in communities across the country.

During the 2012 TPEA program, the Georgia Department of Transportation was recognized for it’s Statewide Freight and Logistics Plan. In close collaboration with Governor Nathan Deal’s office, the Department of Economic Development’s Center of Innovation for Logistics and Cambridge Systematics, Inc., Georgia DOT developed a framework to continue growing the state’s $50 billion per year (in sales) freight industry. Investing $18-$20 billion in logistics improvement projects over the next 40 years will yield the state thousands more jobs and more than $65 billion in new economic output, the study found.

The FHWA lauded the inclusion of private industry input in the planning process via an advisory committee of executive leaders of The Home Depot, Delta Airlines, Georgia Pacific, Coca-Cola, CSX, Norfolk Southern, the Coastal Logistics Group, Southern Freight Inc., the Georgia Ports Authority and Georgia’s Motor Trucking Association.


ARC Kicks Off Regional TDM Planning Effort

July 23, 2012

Transportation Demand Management (TDM) describes the promotion of policies and programs which seek to decrease congestion and transportation demand. Familiar TDM strategies include carpooling, vanpooling, transit, last mile connectivity and teleworking. ARC coordinates TDM services for the Atlanta region through its Ridesmart initiative.

In June 2012, ARC initiated development of the Atlanta region’s first ever Regional Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Plan.  The effort will produce a long-range plan that will define a strategic framework for developing and integrating TDM strategies into planning, project development, and system operations investment decision-making. It is intended to build off the region’s current long-range comprehensive plan, PLAN 2040, and provide input into the update of future regional plans and programs.

For more information on this ongoing effort, please visit the ARC Regional TDM plan website at atlantaregional.com/tdmplan.


DOT Launches MAP-21 Websites

July 20, 2012

On July 6, 2012, President Obama signed into law P.L. 112-141, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). Funding surface transportation programs at over $105 billion for fiscal years  2013 and 2014, MAP-21 is the first long-term highway authorization enacted since 2005. MAP-21 represents a milestone for the U.S. economy – it provides needed funds and, more importantly, it transforms the policy and programmatic framework for investments to guide the growth and development of the country’s vital transportation infrastructure.

To help transportation officials and the public better understand the bill, FHWA has recently launched MAP-21 summary websites. The FTA MAP-21 portal provides an overview of the transit elements of the bill while the FHWA site focuses on highways. Visit today for more information on the programs, policies and requirements of the federal surface transportation planning process.


ARC Awarded FTA Grant to Promote Mobility Management Initiative

July 12, 2012

The Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative, funded and managed by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), supports efforts by local governments and transit agencies to implement technologies—ranging from “smart phone” applications to real-time transit bus locator information—that make it easier for veterans and others to access and schedule rides on available buses, vans, taxis and other transportation systems.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently announced $29 million in grants to provide improved access to local transportation for veterans and their families, wounded warriors and other military personnel, helping them find affordable rides to work, school, shopping, medical care and other destinations in their communities. The Atlanta Regional Commission  is one of four recipients out of 66 projects and 33 states and the Northern Mariana Islands to be selected for funding.

The ARC was awarded $50,000 to raise awareness of the one-click mobility management software project, increase the number of users, and establish a trained corps of volunteers to host training sessions throughout the 18-county metro area. The one-click mobility management software will include an easy to use web-based public interface and will link veterans, older adults, persons with disabilities and others to existing and future mobility options available throughout the region. The one-click mobility management software project is also funded through the FY 2011 Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative grant. More information on the FTA program and a list of recipients may be found here.


Worst to First Summit Review

July 5, 2012

If you can’t drive or don’t have a car, are you just out of luck in metro Atlanta? To assess how systems need to change to meet the needs of non-drivers, several organizations including the Atlanta Regional Commission, AARP, AAA Traffic Safety Foundation hosted a transportation summit on June 7, 2012. The Worst to First: Transportation Access for Older Adults, Persons with Disabilities and Non-Drivers summit brought together local and national leaders to discuss transportation options, as well as highlight local and national best practices.

Faye DiMassimo, Director of Transportation for Cobb County, was one of the summit’s local panel experts and highlighted Cobb’s Complete Streets policy and pedestrian safety improvement program.  Cobb’s New Freedom Transportation Voucher and travel training programs are examples of the recent increase in Atlanta region’s options for transportation access.  Local community transportation such as volunteer driver programs, transportation vouchers, and community shuttles for older adults are providing flexible alternatives to help non-drivers get around.  The increasing older adult population provides a challenge to expand and grow the region’s successful models to meet the current and future mobility needs of all non-drivers.  Virginia Dize of the National Center on Senior Transportation and National Association of Area Agencies on Aging added that, “Mobility management is the way we can do more with less. By streamlining our existing services, not only will consumers be able to easily access the rides they need, but providers can efficiently serve more people.”

Click here to visit the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Lifelong Communities website to view the presentations from the summit and learn more on ARC’s Regional Mobility Management initiative.