Coweta CTP Draft Recommendations Now Available

August 22, 2013

As noted in an earlier Spotlight post, Coweta County and its constituent cities are in the process of updating their Comprehensive Transportation Plan. ARC’s CTP program, now in it’s 6th year, provides funding for counties and their municipalities to develop joint long-range transportation plans. These plans help articulate local priorities for transportation investments and serve as the basis for building the region’s long-range Regional Transportation Plan.

Informed by technical analysis, stakeholder interviews and public outreach, a set of draft recommendations for transportation improvements throughout Coweta County is now available. These draft recommendations are outlined in a virtual public information meeting video, which may be found below.

A survey is available to offer the public an additional avenue to provide feedback on the progress made thus far on the Coweta CTP. Click here to take the online survey, which must be completed by August 23rd, 2013.

For the latest news and information on the Coweta CTP, please visit the project website.


Stonecrest LCI Draft Recommendations on Display at Upcoming Meeting

August 8, 2013

stonecrest

Draft documentation  for the Stonecrest Mall Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) study is now ready for public review. County planning staff and project consultants invite the public to comment on plan documents, renderings and materials which will be displayed at an upcoming “pop-up” town hall meeting.  Cyclists are also invited to bring a bike and helmet to participate in a plan area bicycle tour to help better visualize proposed plan  improvements. Join project team members in the Mall at Stonecrest Foodcourt on Saturday August 17th from 2 to 5 PM to participate.

To learn more about the Stonecrest LCI and upcoming outreach events, visit the project website at sites.google.com/site/stonecrestlci/home


Ditch the Commute During Georgia Telework Week

August 8, 2013

GA Telework Week

The Clean Air Campaign, Atlanta Regional Commission and Governor Nathan Deal are excited to bring county and local employers together in support of Georgia Telework Week, August 19-23, 2013, an event to build awareness for telework as a business strategy that can improve employee productivity and reduce commuter traffic, while lowering environmental impact.

Two special seminars are being organized to bring private and public sector employers the best insight from industry experts and area employers about best practices for starting, expanding and refining telework programs. Featured presenters from AT&T Mobility, Encompass Digital Media, Siemens, Georgia 811, SunTrust Bank and other organizations will describe how their telework initiatives have created better worker engagement, helped solve workplace challenges and leveraged talent recruitment advantages.  The Clean Air Campaign’s consulting team will also walk attendees through the free services available through Georgia Commute Options to help organizations start or refresh telework programs, from assessment to policy development, training and more.

There is no cost to attend either event.  Light breakfast will be provided.

Gwinnett Area Summit

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 – 8:00am to 10:00am

Gwinnett Chamber

6500 Sugarloaf Parkway,  Duluth, GA 30097

Perimeter Area Summit

Thursday, August 22, 2013 – 8:00am to 10:00am

Intercontinental Hotels Group Headquarters

3 Ravinia Drive, Suite 100  Atlanta, GA 30346

Guests can RSVP online at http://www.GaCommuteOptions.com/Telework


US DOT Unveils New Tools to Help Communities Keep Pedestrians Safe

August 6, 2013

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced a new set of tools to help communities combat the rising number of pedestrian deaths that have occurred over the last two years. As part of the campaign, the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is making $2 million in pedestrian safety grants available to cities with the highest rate of pedestrian deaths. States have until Aug. 30 to apply for a total of $2 million that can be used for education and enforcement initiatives in 22 focus states and cities (including Atlanta and the state of Georgia) where pedestrian deaths are greater than the national average.

The NHTSA is also partnering with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to launch a comprehensive  website with safety tips and resources for local leaders, city planners, parents and others involved in improving pedestrian safety. This online resource presents pedestrian safety information from the DOT and provides safety tips and resources that communities can use to keep pedestrians safe. These resources include information for parents on teaching children about safe walking, reports on effective pedestrian projects for state highway safety offices and guides for community pedestrian safety advocates.

“Whether you live in a city or a small town, and whether you drive a car, take the bus or ride a train, at some point in the day, everyone is a pedestrian,” said Secretary Foxx. “We all have a reason to support pedestrian safety, and now, everyone has new tools to help make a difference.”

For more information, check out NHTSA’s new website with pedestrian safety resources www.nhtsa.gov/everyoneisapedestrian.