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.

 


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.


Atlanta to Charlotte High Speed Rail Study Underway

May 23, 2013
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The Georgia Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Federal Railroad Administration, is preparing a Corridor Investment Plan for high-speed intercity passenger rail service between Atlanta, GA and Charlotte, NC. This is part of an ongoing, larger FRA high-speed rail initiative which would extend north to Washington, DC, commonly referred to as the Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor. Amtrak currently provides two lower-speed, long-haul passenger trains within this corridor through it’s Crescent service.

The CIP will evaluate three potential alternatives, which include shared use of the existing freight rail corridor, service on the adjacent I-85 interstate right-of-way and a greenfield alignment option which would define a new service corridor. Within each of the alternatives, appropriate technologies and travel times will also be evaluated in order to establish a preferred alternative, which defines the best technology and travel time combination.

To learn more about this study, GDOT is inviting the public to an upcoming project scoping meeting to be held at the City of Suwanee Council Chambers Room (323 Buford Highway Suwanee, GA 30024) from 4PM to 7PM on June 4th. Additional information can also be found at the study website.


Helpful Twitter Feeds for the Atlanta Commuter

April 1, 2013

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Apparently, reports of Twitter’s death were a bit premature. To the contrary, the simple microblogging site has proven quite resilient, partially due to its ease of use as a platform for distributing real-time data. Transportation officials in the Atlanta region have caught on, using Twitter as an means to quickly communicate traffic and system conditions to the traveling public. While it may lack the features of a purpose-built traffic app, a well written twitter feed can convey more information more quickly.

Here are six helpful twitter feeds for the harried Atlanta commuter:

Georgia Navigator (@NaviGAtor511) – This feed is of particular use for highway commuters, as it leverages GDOT’s network of cameras, loop detectors and HERO operator reports to offer real-time traffic updates in the Atlanta region.

State Road and Tollway Authority (@SRTA_PeachPass) – SRTA’s feed also offers highway traffic alerts as well as general news and commentary about transportation. Also check this website for real-time toll data on SRTA’s managed lane facility on I-85.

Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (@Xpressga) – This frequently updated feed offers updates and alerts related to the on-time performance of GRTA Xpress commuter bus routes.

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority Service Updates (@MARTASERVICE) – MARTA notifies its customers of service conditions on their buses, rail lines, elevators and escalators on this feed.

Cobb Community Transit (@CobbTransit) – Provides transit customers with occasional service alerts on the CCT bus system in Cobb County.

Gwinnett County Transit (@gctransit) – Service alerts and operational updates for the Gwinnett County bus system are displayed in both English and Spanish on this helpful feed.