Lifelong Communities Summit Registration Now Open

August 30, 2012

Join national and local experts in the fields of transportation, regional economics, public health, environment and aging to discuss integrated approaches for creating communities that support healthy, independent aging. The event will showcase ARC’s Lifelong Communities Initiative, present models that can be replicated in other communities and introduce ARC’s exciting new partnership with Atlanta Magazine!

The summit will be held at the Loudermilk Center for Regional Community on October 4th from 8AM to 3:30PM.  AICP CM credits may be available. Click here for registration and additional summit information.

Meetings Announced to Discuss Preferred Transit Alternative for I-20 East Corridor

August 29, 2012

Mentioned in previous Spotlight posts, MARTA continues to work on defining a new premium transit concept for the I-20 East corridor. MARTA staff have identified a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) for the corridor, which calls for both an extension of the existing MARTA East/West heavy rail line from its current terminus at Indian Creek Station to the Mall at Stonecrest, as well as a Bus Rapid Transit element to provide service between Downtown Atlanta and the I-20/Wesley Chapel Road area. Adopting an LPA concludes the Alternatives Analysis phase of  the FTA New Starts program for funding and constructing new fixed-guideway transit systems. The process now moves into the Preliminary Engineering phase, in which the LPA is further defined and analyzed for environmental impact.

Three public scoping meetings have been scheduled to allow interested members of the public the chance to learn more about the I-20 East LPA and offer feedback on community or environmental concerns.

Monday, September 10th

Trees Atlanta HQ

255 Chester Ave, Atlanta GA

Open House: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Presentation and Q&A: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Tuesday September 11th

Porter Sanford Center

3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur GA

Open House: 6 p.m to 7 p.m.

Presentation and Q&A: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Thursday September 13th

Lou Walker Senior Center

2538 Panola Road, Lithonia GA

Open House: 6p.m. to 7 p.m.

Presentation and Q&A: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Street Design Workshop Announced

August 23, 2012

On September 24th, PEDS will host a workshop for transportation professionals interested in improving pedestrian safety through street design. Workshop concepts covered will include street connectivity, access management, road diets, complete streets, intersection design, access to transit and the general principles safe pedestrian crossings. The workshop will be led by Michael Ronkin, the Oregon Department of Transportation’s former Pedestrian and Bicycle Program Manager.

Registration details and additional information can be found at the event website. The workshop will take place at First Presbyterian Church, 1328 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309.

Cobb DOT Announces Diverging Diamond Treatment for Wade Green Interchange

August 22, 2012

Cobb County and the Georgia Department of Transportation are planning to upgrade the I-75/Wade Green Road interchange to a diverging diamond layout.

A diverging diamond interchange (DDI) is an innovative traffic solution designed to increase capacity, decrease congestion at intersections while minimizing cost. The DDI is designed to ease the flow of heavy traffic by eliminating a left turn signal, and allowing two directions of traffic to cross the opposite side of the side or cross street at or near the bridge point over the freeway. A simulation showing how the completed project will operate can be found here  (requires Silverlight plugin, if not already installed).

Cobb County will be responsible for completing and funding the preliminary engineering and right-of-way costs for the project. Once completed, GDOT will fund up to $1 million of construction costs from their operational improvement lump sum. The rest of the $1.625 million cost will come from Cobb County SPLOST funds.

The proposed project is one of several planned diverging diamond interchanges in the Atlanta Region.  Georgia’s first diverging diamond interchange at I-285 and Ashford-Dunwoody Road in DeKalb County opened to traffic in July 2012.

Community Workshop Scheduled for Roswell Project

August 21, 2012

The City of Roswell is hosting a Community Workshop for the proposed Big Creek Parkway project on Wednesday, August 22 from 5pm-7pm at Mimosa Elementary School located at 1550 Warsaw Road, Roswell.

The Workshop is informal; however, information will be available about the project by means of displays, maps, handouts and a PowerPoint presentation. City staff and Project Team members will be available to answer any questions and comment cards will be available to provide thoughts on the project.

Originating from a 2008 feasibility study and recommended by the 2010 North Fulton Comprehensive Transportation Plan, the purpose of the proposed project is to alleviate traffic congestion and to connect east and west Roswell. Big Creek Parkway would help remove primarily local traffic from Holcomb Bridge Road and  provide an alternate east-west corridor within Roswell, greatly enhancing local and regional connectivity and more importantly emergency access.

Georgia Telework Week, Telework Summit Announced

August 16, 2012

The Clean Air Campaign and Governor Nathan Deal are calling on employers and commuters to support the third annual Georgia Telework Week, Aug. 20-24. During this week, The Clean Air Campaign is asking commuters and employers to log onto where they may learn about the numerous benefits of this business strategy. The organization is also encouraging employers to take advantage of its free consulting services and resources.

A special Telework Summit has been scheduled during Telework Week, which will provide insight and guidance for employers looking to implement a telework program or build on the success of their current efforts. The event features panelists from ADP, Ista, Assurant, the Centers for Disease Control and Georgia Department of Administrative Services, and is tailored to both private and public sector employers. It will take place at on August 22nd, between 8AM and 10AM at the Loudermilk Center, 40 Courtland Street, Atlanta, Ga. 30303. Click here to RSVP.

Be sure to join hundreds of employers and organizations from across Georgia, by pledging your support or registering  for the 2012 Georgia Telework Summit.

DOT Expands Infrastructure Finance Fund

August 10, 2012

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently announced the availability of up to $17 billion in loans for critical infrastructure projects across the country as a result of the recently enacted surface transportation bill. Secretary LaHood encouraged states and cities across the country to submit letters of interest for the TIFIA (Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act) program, which provides direct loans, loan guarantees, and standby lines of credit to major infrastructure projects with the potential to create jobs and spur economic development and growth.

The recently enacted surface transportation bill, known as MAP-21, provided $1.7 billion in capital over two years for the TIFIA credit assistance program, up from $120 million in FY 2012, making it the largest transportation infrastructure finance fund in the Department’s history. Each dollar of federal funds can provide approximately $10 in TIFIA credit assistance, meaning $17 billion in loans through TIFIA, which in turn can leverage $20-$30 billion in transportation infrastructure investment. Altogether, the expanded federal loan program could result in up to $50 billion in Federal, state, local and private sector investment for critical transportation projects across the country.

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