Transportation Alternatives Program Turning Local Trails into Regional Network

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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

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