Preliminary TIP Project Solicitation Recommendations Published

October 31, 2012

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) and the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) recently announced initial recommendations resulting from a six‐month project solicitation process to fund locally identified priorities under three transportation funding programs set aside in the 2012-2017 TIP.  The projects to be funded by these programs will address a wide array of mobility, safety and access issues encountered by motorists, pedestrians, freight distributors, bicyclists and transit users around the region.

The three programs are listed below, with links to each program’s fact sheet:

Once finalized, recommended projects will be added to the TIP in December 2012. A report of these preliminary recommendations, which draw projects directly from counties, cities and CIDs across the Atlanta region, may be found here. Visit the TIP project solicitation page for more information.

Holcomb Bridge Road Study Addresses Safety, Accessibility

October 31, 2012

Holcomb Bridge Road in Fulton County is the first regionally significant east-west arterial north of I-285 with a connection to SR 400, serving both local City of Roswell traffic and regional through traffic between Cobb and Gwinnett Counties. Holcomb Bridge Road is also the only access to SR 400 within Roswell and serves as a gateway to the City.

As a result, nearly one third of the traffic crossing the Chattahoochee River on SR 400 travels to and from Holcomb Bridge Road. The amount of traffic using the interchange is similar to that typically accommodated by a system interchange or freeway-to-freeway interchange. Because of its dual role of serving both local and regional traffic, this roadway faces heavy congestion and safety issues along most of its segments, especially the segments in the vicinity of the Holcomb Bridge/Georgia 400 interchange. These issues also create a formidable barrier to pedestrian and bicycle movement which are key to connecting the community at a human scale.

The City of Roswell recently completed and adopted a corridor study for the Holcomb Bridge Road/GA 400 interchange area. This plan for the roadway, which aligns with ARC’s freight, thoroughfare and bike/ped investment networks, outlines a list of improvements to increase safety and accessibility of Holcomb Bridge Road while decreasing congestion. Below is a simulation of how the facility will look and operate should all recommended projects be implemented:

To view the study, along with maps and renderings of the proposed improvements, visit the City of Roswell’s Holcomb Bridge Road Corridor study page.

4th Quarter 2012 TIP Administrative Modifications Announcement

October 29, 2012

Attention TIP project sponsors! The 4th Quarter 2012 Administrative Modifications of the FY 2012-2017 TIP are due on Friday, November 16th and will be processed in December. Requests should be submitted by project sponsors via PlanIt, ARC’s web-based project database application, by the due date. For more information on administrative modification criteria and future due dates, visit For questions, contact Jean Hee Barrett at 404-463-3282 or

Confident City Cycling Class Offered this Saturday

October 24, 2012

The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, Georgia Interfaith Power and Light, Clean Air Campaign and the Atlanta Regional Commission are hosting the 2nd Confident City Cycling Class this Saturday. The class covers everything you need to know to learn to “drive” your bike safely and confidently! In addition, each attendee receives 15 points if participating in the Bike to Work Challenge.

More details and registration information may be found here.

Reminder: Beltline Eastside Trail Dedication

October 14, 2012

Updating an earlier post about the Beltline Eastside Trail, tomorrow’s dedication ceremony will be held at 10AM in the Old Fourth Ward Skatepark.

LCI Planning Program Accepting Applications for 2013

October 10, 2012

ARC is now accepting applications for the 2013 Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) planning proposals. LCI is a program that awards planning grants and transportation funds on a competitive basis to local governments and nonprofit organizations to prepare and implement plans for the enhancement of existing centers and corridors consistent with regional development policies.

The LCI program is open for funding to government jurisdictions and non-profit organizations in the 18-county Atlanta Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) boundaries . To be considered for an LCI award, a jurisdiction must maintain Qualified Local Government (QLG) status or show progress toward reinstating QLG status through the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA). Once an LCI plan is completed and adopted, sponsors may apply for LCI Transportation funding to help implement plan projects.

Applications for 2013 LCI planning funds are due on November 16th, 2012. To learn more about the LCI program, eligibility requirements and apply for funding, visit ARC’s LCI application website.

Reminder: Public Comment Period for TIP Amendment #1 in Progress

October 10, 2012
The Atlanta Regional Commission has opened a public review and comment period  for a pending amendment to the region’s FY 2012-2017 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
The TIP is the mechanism by which federal, state and local funds are approved for all significant transportation projects and programs in the region. The FY 2012-2017 TIP comprises the first six years of the Atlanta region’s long range PLAN 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). The RTP provides the framework to guide the region’s transportation decisions and must cover a minimum of 20 years. As the federally recognized Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)
for an 18-county region, ARC is responsible for developing and updating the TIP and RTP to meet federal planning requirements and address local needs. By definition, an amendment to the TIP also constitutes an amendment to the RTP.
The purposes of this amendment are to:
  • document the technical analysis that confirms the region’s current long range transportation plan is in conformity with new federal clean air requirements.
  • incorporate scope changes to six projects which have occurred as they proceed through the design and engineering process, to ensure that environmental clearances are not delayed and the projects can stay on schedule.
  • address other programming issues of a time-sensitive nature on a limited number of other projects
  • lay the foundation for a plan update in 2013 which will incorporate updated assumptions on long-term growth and revenue.
The amendment will involve a new air quality conformity determination by the United States Department of Transportation on the FY 2012-2017 TIP and 2040 RTP. The most recent conformity determination on the TIP and RTP was made on September 6, 2011. A full copy of the proposed list of changes may be obtained through the ARC TIP Amendment #1 website or by calling (404) 463-3272. The public review and comment period will run through October 30, 2012. To submit comments or request further information or assistance, email plan2040[at]atlantaregional[dot]com or call ARC at 404-463-3272. ARC must receive comments prior to midnight on this date in order to be considered in the official record of comments. A summary of all comments received during the period and responses to those comments will be presented to ARC’s technical and policy committees and the ARC Board for their consideration before taking action on the amendment.