Upcoming DeKalb CTP Community Workshops to Present Draft Recommendations

October 24, 2013


Work continues on the DeKalb Comprehensive Transportation Plan, which is now entering the recommendations phase. Months of community outreach, stakeholder engagement and technical evaluation have resulted in a draft list of transportation recommendations for public inspection. Please join the project team at one of four upcoming public meetings to learn more and provide feedback:

Thursday, November 7 | 6:30—8:30 PM
Interactive College of Technology—Roberts Hall
5227 New Peachtree Road | Chamblee, GA 30341
On MARTA: #33, 126, Chamblee MARTA Station

Tuesday, November 12 | 6:30—8:30 PM
Fairfield Inn & Suites (Mall at Stonecrest)
7850 Stonecrest Square | Lithonia, GA 30038
On MARTA: #86, 111, 116

Monday, November 18 | 6:30—8:30 PM
Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center
3181 Rainbow Drive | Decatur, GA 30034
On MARTA: #186

Thursday, November 14 | 6:30—8:30 PM
Online Meeting – Registration begins November 1st on the project website:
www.dekalbtransportationplan2014.com/. Pre‐registration
is encouraged but not required.

Real-Time Bus Location Data Improves CCT Experience

October 7, 2013


Cobb Community Transit (CCT) riders now have access to real time information on the departure time of their buses at specific bus stops.

Rather than relying on traditional paper schedules, passengers can be informed of departure predictions in real time. GoCCT information will be available via traditional Web browsers, simple text formats, email and SMS, or mobile text messaging. This will help empower passengers with the tools they need to optimize their time. Passengers can customize GoCCT to meet their specific needs, set departure alerts and send predictions to mobile devices.

For more information, contact CCT Customer service at 770-427-4444 or visit GoCCT at http://gocct.cobbcounty.org/

Transportation Alternatives Program Turning Local Trails into Regional Network

October 3, 2013


Making transportation options safer and more appealing are primary goals of the federal Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). According to guidelines, TAP spending should be committed to providing “safe routes for non-motorized travel.” Therefore, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) and the region’s local governments decided that the region’s $14,360,000 of TAP funding should focus on advancing greenway trail segments, walking and cycling improvements within activity centers and promoting safe routes to schools and transit stations.

“Currently, all or parts of some 20,000 metro Atlanta commutes are made on bicycles each week, plus many more on foot and transit,” said John Orr, Manager of ARC’s Transportation Access & Mobility Division. “And in today’s world of increasing congestion and decreasing funding, biking and walking are viable modes of transportation in places where they are safe and convenient.”

In addition to transportation access and safety, much of the TAP funding will be spent to lay a foundation for greenway trail connections throughout the region and to help develop a regional network that eventually reaches from Alabama to Covington and from Cumming to Senoia. Special attention is being paid to projects that are located in key locations and are critical for bike and pedestrian safety. Some projects to be funded through the TAP include:

• Stone Mountain-Lithonia Road Bicycle and Pedestrian; DeKalb County; $1,750,000

• Atlanta Beltline Trail from Glenwood Avenue to Allen Avenue; City of Atlanta; $719,000

• Bob Callan Trail Phase II, US 41 Trail and Trailhead; Cobb County; $620,000

• Western Gwinnett Bikeway Extension; Gwinnett County; $900,000

The TAP is a continuation and combination of the former Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School and Recreational Trail programs under previous federal funding bills. A complete list of TAP projects is available here