More Public Meetings Announced for DeKalb CTP

March 22, 2013


With the DeKalb County Comprehensive Transportation Plan update now well underway, the project team invites the public to participate in the upcoming second round of public meetings during the month of April. Staff will be on hand to provide an overview of existing conditions in DeKalb and solicit feedback on county transportation needs. Four meetings are scheduled, listed below:

Tuesday, April 16th | 6:30—8:00 PM
McNair High School Cafeteria
1804 Bouldercrest Road, SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
On MARTA: #32

Thursday, April 18th | 6:30—8:00 PM
Emory University Winship Ballroom
Dobbs University Center
605 Asbury Circle
Atlanta, GA 30322
On MARTA: #6, Decatur Rail Station to Emory

Saturday, April 20th | 10:00 —11:30 AM
Tucker‐Reid H. Cofer Public Library
5234 Lavista Road
Tucker, GA 30084
On MARTA: #75

Monday, April 22nd | 6:30—8:00 PM
Berean Community Center
1/2 mile west of Berean Christian Church
2440 Young Road
Stone Mountain, GA 30088
On MARTA: #117; walk 1/2 mile west on Young Rd

Additionally, an interactive online meeting will be offered:

Tuesday, April 23rd | 6:30—8:00 PM
Visit the project website to register and join:

To learn more about the DeKalb CTP, visit the project’s website, Twitter feed or Facebook page.

Public Information Open House Meetings Scheduled for I-85 HOT Lanes Expansion

March 19, 2013


The Georgia Department of Transportation is seeking public input into the planning process for the I-85 Express Lanes Project. This proposed project would result in the construction of two new lanes (one in each direction) along I-85 in Gwinnett County from Old Peachtree Road to Hamilton Mill Road, expanding the existing high occupancy toll (HOT) lane system by about ten miles.  The purpose of this new managed lane project is to leverage variable rate travel pricing to provide transit, freight and automobile commuters with a more reliable, free-flowing commute option.

The following public information open house meetings have been scheduled to discuss the project:

March 21, 2013

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Gwinnett Center – Atrium Gallery
(Lower level)

March 28, 2013

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Braselton Police and Municipal Court Building – Community Room
(Enter from rear of the building)

For more information about the project, visit

GA-400 Corridor Transit Study Nears Key Milestone

March 12, 2013


As MARTA continues the process of identifying a transit alternative to compete for federal funding on the Georgia 400 corridor, planners with the transit authority invite the public to comment and provide feedback at an upcoming project public meeting. Staff will be on hand to present alternative alignments which will move forward into a further round of analysis, leading to a final locally preferred alternative (LPA) consisting of a specific route alignment and transit modal technology.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, March 21st at Mimosa Elementary School (1550 Warsaw Road, Roswell GA 30076) from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. For more information, visit the Connect 400 website, Facebook page or contact Jason Morgan (project manager for the Connect 400 transit initiative) at connect400 [at]

Top 7 Tips on Telecommuting

March 4, 2013


Here are some tips to help maximize the effectiveness of teleworking, courtesy of

1. Provide updates – nobody knows what you are up to so you need to provide updates to the boss. Whether asked or not, sending a weekly update on what you are working on and have done is great.  If you are teleworking only on a specific day, I’d encourage you to do a proactive morning (here’s what I’m working on) email & end of day email (here’s status update)

2. Answer the phone – If someone calls while you are teleworking and you don’t pick up, they get upset and think you are lazy. Same rules don’t apply at the office as when you don’t pick up the phone there, people assume you are busy at a meeting.  So that means bringing the phone with you always….if you go out to lunch, go downstairs, etc.

3. Use all communication formats – Some people are phone people, some email…and some face-to-face. So if you are getting the run-around at work, try to use all formats.  Get off email and make a call.  Use instant message if that’s the best.  And if face to face is the best – ask a friend in the office to stop by someone else’s office for you.

4. Don’t let people know….that you are on the patio, that it is a beautiful day, that the dog just had a great walk, the cat is meowing while you are petting her, that you went kayaking at lunch…focus on work items and keep all background noises to the minimum.

5. Make the best use of your time in the office – If you telework frequently, you should rethink how you use your time in the office face-to-face.  You should periodically go into the office. Think of this time as face-to-face time, build relationships, and more.  While in office, spend less time cranking out emails or documents and more on those relationship building activities – stop by people’s offices, go to coffee/happy hour with folks, etc.  This makes you more productive in your teleworking time.

6. Find Telework Buddies – For those that telework often, it’s important to find telework buddies.  You don’t have the office cooler (or the coffee/lunch chatter) so you need some virtual chatter.  Find some folks you can banter with on email or instant message so you have some daily dose of work bonding.

7. Save Projects for Teleworking – If you only telework one or two days a week, save specific work for telework. As stated above, in-person days are great for relationship building and day-to-day items.  Use your telework time for long periods of uninterrupted work on bigger projects (great for writing documents, putting together plans, catching up on non-urgent email)

Visit the Georgia Commute Options webpage to learn more about teleworking and receive free assistance to help implement a teleworking program at your workplace.

Additional Community Workshop Meetings Scheduled for Big Creek Parkway Project in Roswell

March 1, 2013

As noted in an earlier Spotlight post, the City of Roswell is considering a new roadway to help alleviate local traffic congestion and provide better connectivity between the eastern and western portions of the city.  The proposed project, which is documented in the 2010 North Fulton Comprehensive Transportation Plan, would provide a new roadway from Warsaw Road just north of Holcomb Bridge Road (SR 140), extending east across SR 400 between the Holcomb Bridge Road and Mansell Road interchanges.  The new road would then connect to the existing intersection of Old Alabama Road and Holcomb Woods Parkway and end at Holcomb Bridge Road (SR 140).  The proposed project scope incorporates complete street principles, with provisions for sidewalks and a multiuse path.

Roswell will host two community workshop meetings on the Big Creek Parkway Project.

The first will be on March 5 from 5-7 p.m. at the Atlanta Academy Auditorium

2000 Holcomb Woods Parkway

The second will be on March 11 from 5-7 p.m. at Doubletree Hotel (Grand Barrington Ballroom)

1075 Holcomb Bridge Road

Roswell residents, business owners and other stakeholders are invited to attend.