GDOT Statewide Rail Plan Update Public Hearing to Present Draft Recommendations; Solicit Input from the Public

August 11, 2014

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The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has begun a major update of the Statewide Rail Plan. This document, last updated in 2009, outlines long-range rail planning priorities in Georgia and  provides comprehensive data about the railroad industry within the state. The plan will enable GDOT to implement a more efficient and effective approach to integrate passenger and freight rail elements into the larger multi-modal transportation framework. It will cover the time period from the present to the year 2040 to better integrate with the Georgia Statewide Transportation Plan (SWTP) and Statewide Strategic Transportation Plan (SSTP).

The second round of public outreach commences this week, with meetings scheduled across the state. At these meetings project team staff will present draft needs and proposed projects, policies and programs for rail transportation across the state. These recommendations have been informed by stakeholders, rail agencies and the general public. The public meeting in Atlanta is scheduled for August 13th at Atlanta Regional Commission Headquarters (40 Courtland Street, Atlanta GA 30303) from 5:00PM to 7:00PM. A formal presentation will begin at 5:30, while staff will be on hand to answer questions and gather feedback. For more information and contact information, please visit GDOT’s State Rail Plan webpage.


GDOT Kicks Off Statewide Rail Plan Update

April 4, 2014

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The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has begun a major update of the Statewide Rail Plan. This document, last updated in 2009, outlines long-range rail planning priorities in Georgia and  provides comprehensive data about the railroad industry within the state. The plan will enable GDOT to implement a more efficient and effective approach to integrate passenger and freight rail elements into the larger multi-modal transportation framework. It will cover the time period from the present to the year 2040 to better integrate with the Georgia Statewide Transportation Plan (SWTP) and Statewide Strategic Transportation Plan (SSTP).

The Department will conduct extensive outreach to the state’s railroads, shippers, ports, transit agencies, public sector transportation planners, neighboring states’ transportation officials, and the general public. This outreach will help the Department identify potential administrative and regulatory improvements to enhance rail-related economic development benefits to the state. Public input will also be fundamental in establishing the state rail vision and guiding goals, objectives and the proposed projects necessary to realize the established vision and goals.

The first round of public outreach begins in April, with meetings scheduled across the state. A public meeting in Atlanta is scheduled for April 16th at Atlanta Regional Commission Headquarters (40 Courtland Street, Atlanta GA 30303) from 5:00PM to 7:00PM. A formal presentation will begin at 5:30, while staff will be on hand to answer questions and gather feedback. For more information and contact information, please visit GDOT’s State Rail Plan webpage.

 


Register Today for the Georgia Transit Association’s Annual Conference

November 12, 2013

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Registration is now open for the Georgia Transit Association‘s annual conference. This year’s meeting will be held at the Classic Center in Athens, GA, and take place from December 2nd to the 6th.

This event will be an excellent opportunity for attendees to network with other professionals,  learn about industry best practices and discover innovations in transit planning and delivery.

A variety of registration options are available, with discounts for GTA members, early registration, students and for rural transit professionals. For more details, please visit the GTA conference website.


Public Information Open House Scheduled for Proposed Coweta Interchange Project

November 7, 2013

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On Thursday November 21, 2013, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and Coweta County will hold a Public Hearing Open House concerning a proposed new interchange on I-85 at Poplar Road in Coweta County. The open house will be held from 4 pm to 7 pm at the Central Educational Center located at 160 Martin Luther King Drive, Newnan, Georgia 30263.

Representatives from the GDOT and Coweta County will be available from 4 p.m. to 7:00 with plans and displays. The public will have an opportunity to attend the open house at its convenience to ask questions and discuss the project with a Department or County representative. There will be no formal presentation. A court reporter will be available during this time to allow the public an opportunity to make comments about the project.


Georgia’s First Diverging Diamond Interchange Competes for National Recognition and Scholarship Prize Funds

September 19, 2013

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The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently announced the top 10 finalists in the 2013 America’s Transportation Awards competition. This year, 24 states entered a total of 36 projects into the competition in the categories of “Ahead of Schedule,” “Under Budget,” and “Best Use of Innovation.” The 10 finalists received the highest number of overall points during four regional contests, representing each part of the country.

Making the cut for this year’s competition is the Georgia Department of Transportation, which submitted the I-285/Ashford-Dunwoody Road Diverging Diamond project. The submission is being considered for both a grand prize and a people’s choice award, both in the “Ahead of Schedule” category.  Award winning submissions will earn a prize of $10,000, which must be donated by those state DOTs to a charity or scholarship of their choice.

Should GDOT’s submission win, all prize money will be donated to the Georgia DOT Scholarship Award fund, so let’s pull together for this worthy cause! Online voting for the people’s choice award began on September 4th and will continue through Wednesday, Oct. 2. Individuals are welcome to vote up to 10 times per day for their favorite projects. To vote, click here.

Award winners will be announced on Oct. 20 at the AASHTO Annual Meeting in Denver.


Under Construction: I-85/GA 400 Connection

July 16, 2013
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Flyover ramps at I-85 and GA-400 are taking shape (Photo: ARC)

The Georgia Department of Transportation is nearly at the halfway point of finishing a flyover ramp which will allow traffic to move smoothly from I-85 south to GA-400 north.  The project will relieve congestion on the surface streets that currently carry this movement and provide a new multiuse path connection between Lenox and Cheshire Bridge roads.


Dump the Pump to Save Money & Win Prizes

June 13, 2013

National Dump the Pump week is right around the corner and Georgia Commute Options, MARTA and their partners want YOU to save money, time and stress by giving alternatives to solo driving a try. Head over to Georgia Commute Options and take an online pledge to ride transit between June 17th and 21st.  You could win one of five Amazon $10 gift cards which will be given away in a random drawing each day during Dump the Pump week.

Looking for something more interactive? No problem, MARTA has you covered. The transit agency is sponsoring a Dump the Pump Dash scavenger hunt on Saturday, June 15th from Noon – 4:30 pm starting at the Five Points MARTA Station. Working in teams, participants will have 3 1/2 hours to decipher riddles, find items, and take photos in and around the MARTA service area. Prizes for the top teams include iPad Minis and solar powered charging accessories.

In addition to transit, Dump the Pump week is a great time to explore vanpooling, cycling, walking or telecommuting to see if these options work for you. See GeorgiaCommuteOptions.com for more information.