Public Meeting Scheduled for I-20/SR 5 Interchange Study

June 18, 2014

City of Douglasville

The City of Douglasville is seeking public input on the ongoing I-20/SR 5 transportation study.  The purpose of this effort is to determine possible improvements which may be implemented in the vicinity of the I-20 /SR 5 interchange to improve safety, relieve congestion and support economic development. If interested, consider attending an upcoming public meeting to discuss the project and learn more.

The meeting will be held at the Douglasville Conference Center on Thursday, June 26th from 6 to 7:30 PM. For more details about the project, please contact Julie Price ( or Michelle Wright (

25,000 Participate in Transportation Referendum Wireside Chats

June 21, 2012

About 25,000 Atlanta region residents participated in a series of 12 Regional Transportation Referendum “Wireside Chats” hosted by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) over the last two weeks. The telephone townhalls gave participants a chance to learn more about projects that are part of the upcoming transportation referendum by asking questions directly of their local officials. The referendum will be held as part of the July 31 primary election.

Questions covered a broad range of topics, from how long the sales tax would last, to specifics about the 157 projects that would be funded by the referendum. While anyone could join any of the 12 chats, the calls were organized by jurisdiction. Questions ranged from region-wide topics like interchange improvements and public transportation, to details of the law itself and planned projects in their local communities.

Officials answered an average of 23 questions in each hour-long call, and participants stayed on the line an average of 14 minutes. Polls taken during the calls revealed that more than 91 percent of participants found the Wireside Chats helpful in understanding the transportation referendum vote and what is at stake.

If a participant’s question was not answered on the call, they could leave contact information in a voicemail and their question will be answered via a phone call or an email in the coming days. Complete information about the July 31 regional transportation referendum, including fact sheets about the 157 projects on the list and an interactive mapping tool, is available at

“We are pleased that nearly 25,000 regional residents participated in these Wireside Chats,” said Doug Hooker, ARC Executive Director. “Participant’s questions were thoughtful and diverse.  I believe our local officials did a very thorough job of providing more information about this important regional vote on July 31.”

Reminder: Wireside Chats Begin Tonight

June 4, 2012

Transportation referendum Wireside Chats kick off tonight, focusing on the City of Atlanta and Henry County. As noted in an earlier post, 12 Wireside Chats have been scheduled over six evenings in June. Local officials will provide a brief overview of and answer questions about the July 31st referendum and the project list it would fund. These evening phone conversations are organized by local jurisdictions and are open to all who wish to participate.

Those wishing to participate are encouraged to register early so that maps and meeting information can be sent in advance. The early registration period ends 48 hours before each event but you can still participate by calling 877-229-8493 and entering the code 19878 at the time the meeting is set to begin. For more information, visit the Wiresite Chat webpage.

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ARC Moves Ahead with Effort to Create Regional Transit Governance System

April 5, 2012

According to the Saporta Report

The Atlanta Regional Commission on Wednesday took a formal step toward determining if it can create a transit governance system to serve the region until the Legislature creates one of its liking.  The ARC board voted unanimously Wednesday to seek proposals from law firms to determine the boundaries of the ARC’s authority to oversee regional transit.  Legislation on the issue that was proposed by Gov. Nathan Deal’s Transit Governance Task Force failed in the 2012 session.

The ARC’s vote affirms a request for action from its Regional Transit Committee, which the ARC describes as a policy committee focused on transit planning, funding and governance.  Specifically, the RTC sought a “request for proposal regarding legal review of regional transit collaboration options.”

RTC members have been working since 2010 to craft a workable structure that would knit together the region’s transit systems.  They have issued a raft of recommendations, but only some of them were included in legislation submitted in February by the governor’s transit task force.

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Bicycle Signage Grants Available from Georgia Bikes

March 23, 2012

According to a recent Georgia Bikes e-mail blast

Could your community use some extra cash to improve bicycling conditions? We can help!

Georgia Bikes is very excited to offer Bicycle Signage Grants to communities in need of road markings or signage that improve bicycle safety.

Our grants, which will fund up to 50% of your signage purchase and installation, can help you improve your community with:

  • On-road pavement markings, known as “sharrows,”
  • Share the Road traffic signs,
  • Combination of sharrows and Share the Road signs, or
  • Other signage, such as “Bicycle May Use Full Lane.”

To apply for a Bicycle Signage Grant, please complete and submit our online application by 5:00 PM on April 30th, 2012.

For more information, please visit our website.

Douglasville City Council Makes Moves to Make Sidewalks a Reality

February 15, 2012

Douglasville City Council members approved several items Monday that will allow the city to move forward on the construction of three major sidewalk projects.

Council members accepted bids and authorized the mayor to sign construction contracts for the following sidewalk projects: Arbor Parkway and Stewart Parkway; Club Drive and Bowden Street; and Malone Road.  Members also authorized the mayor to sign a Local Let Construction Agreement with the Georgia Department of Transportation for each project.

Councilman Larry Yockey asked during Thursday’s work session if the city planned to communicate with residents that live on those street to let them know the sidewalks are coming.

“I’m sure that there will a lot of interest to know they’re coming,” City Manager Bill Osborne said.

Osborne said there will be talks with the mayor and council on how to notify residents and any possible groundbreakings.

“All of us have been waiting a long time for this,” he said.

Following Monday night’s vote, Yockey said that the city has been waiting for the sidewalks since about 2004.

“I think this is a great thing for the community,” he said.

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ARC Releases Economic Analysis of Transportation Referendum Impacts

January 26, 2012

(ATLANTA – January 26, 2012)  Voters in the Atlanta region have the opportunity to pass a referendum on July 31, 2012 that would raise $8.5 billion through a one percent sales tax to fund transportation projects across the region.  Based on the list of priority transportation improvements developed by a Regional Transportation Roundtable of local officials, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) and a team of economists have completed an initial analysis and forecast of the economic impacts of the 2012 Regional Transportation Referendum’s passage and build-out.

Economic benefits accrued through 2040 include the following, if the referendum passes*:

  • 4 to 1 return on investment – The $8.5 billion investment in 157 projects will result in a $34.8 billion* increase in gross regional product in the Atlanta region by 2040.
  • 200,000 additional jobs supported – The analysis indicates that the transportation investment will create or support an additional 200,000 job years**, including jobs that are maintained year-over-year.  Almost two-thirds of those jobs will be in mid-to-high paying job sectors.  The construction sector was hardest hit by the recession.  The referendum would lead to the creation and support of 34,000 jobs in this critical sector by 2040.
  • $18 billion in travel time savings – The average metro Atlanta commuter spends $924 each year sitting in traffic. Collectively, these projects would allow residents to save $9.2 billion* by 2040.
  • $18 billion increase in personal income – Due to the travel time savings and reduced fuel costs, incomes around the region will increase a collective $18 billion by 2040.

“After several months of in-depth computer modeling and analysis and with input from regional policy experts and economists, we believe that these numbers represent a conservative estimate of the positive impacts these projects would have on the region’s economy,” said Tad Leithead, ARC Chairman.  “The referendum project list is regional in nature, but has something for everyone in metro Atlanta.  By making these improvements in the next 10 years, rather than 20 or 30 years from now, these projects can be built cheaper, can improve transportation more quickly and have a positive economic impact sooner.”

Why More Funding?

Over the last several decades, metro Atlanta has been one of the fastest-growing regions in the country.  The region’s population has increased from three million in 1990 to five million in 2010, and ARC predicts that it will grow to more than eight million by 2040.

Meanwhile, the region has experienced a funding shortfall at the state and federal levels as fuel efficiency and less driving has sent gas tax revenues on a downward trend.  Since 1980, the average fuel efficiency of a passenger car sold in America has increased by almost 40 percent, going from 24.3 MPG to 33.8 MPG.***

Because of this, 70 percent of the region’s scheduled transportation funding for the next 30 years will be spent on simply maintaining the existing network, leaving little room for expansion.  As the region continues to grow, congestion will get worse, costing metro Atlantans more time and money spent in their cars.

“As the federally-designated transportation planning agency for the Atlanta region, our job is to accurately calculate the economic benefits of targeted transportation improvements,” said Leithead.  “The voters will ultimately make the decision regarding the referendum that they believe is best for the region.”

*These dollar amounts are stated in 2011 dollars.

**The term “job years” is a comprehensive measurement of the real supported employment created by the Transportation Referendum.  Modeling results include reoccurring jobs – those jobs that last more than one year. Using job years prevents double counting and accurately reflects the true economic value of the employment represented by the job. For further explanation of job years, contact Jim Jaquish at 404-463-3194.

*** Research and Innovative Technology Administration