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.


Public Information Open House Meetings Scheduled for I-85 HOT Lanes Expansion

March 19, 2013

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The Georgia Department of Transportation is seeking public input into the planning process for the I-85 Express Lanes Project. This proposed project would result in the construction of two new lanes (one in each direction) along I-85 in Gwinnett County from Old Peachtree Road to Hamilton Mill Road, expanding the existing high occupancy toll (HOT) lane system by about ten miles.  The purpose of this new managed lane project is to leverage variable rate travel pricing to provide transit, freight and automobile commuters with a more reliable, free-flowing commute option.

The following public information open house meetings have been scheduled to discuss the project:

March 21, 2013

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Gwinnett Center – Atrium Gallery
6400 SUGARLOAF PARKWAY, DULUTH
(Lower level)

March 28, 2013

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Braselton Police and Municipal Court Building – Community Room
5040 HIGHWAY 53, BRASELTON
(Enter from rear of the building)

For more information about the project, visit http://www.dot.ga.gov/expresslanes


North Carolina and Florida Announce Toll Interoperability Agreement; Georgia to Follow

December 22, 2012

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Transportation secretaries Gene Conti (NCDOT) and Ananth Prasad (FDOT) announced earlier this month an agreement on electronic toll collection interoperability. The fundamental elements of the agreement will allow travelers from these states to use each other’s electronic toll collection system without the need to enroll in any new programs or buy a new transponder. “This is an exciting advancement in the toll industry,” said Secretary Prasad.  This represents Florida’s first out-of-state interoperability project.“This is a significant step for motorists along the East Coast Corridor, as North Carolina is a major link in creating interoperability between E-Z Pass states and Florida”, said Secretary Conti. “The Alliance for Toll Interoperability and the I-95 Corridor Coalition played a crucial role in making this step a reality.”

On the heels of this major inter-regional interoperability effort, the Georgia State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) will join this effort for its Peach Pass customers following Florida and North Carolina’s implementation. “We are thrilled to be a part of a customer-driven solution that will add value for all Peach Pass customers,” says Dr. Gena Evans, Executive Director of SRTA. “It is important for us to continue to seek travel options that accommodate our customers in ways that are reliable and efficient. The ability to pay for tolls with one account in three different southeastern states is a major step forward in achieving that goal.”


Local, State Agencies Shine at Annual ITS Georgia Meeting

October 17, 2011

Dekalb and Fulton County, the City of Johns Creek and the State Road & Tollway Authority all received awards for their utilization of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) at this year’s ITS Georgia Annual Meeting and Exposition. ITS improves transportation safety and mobility and enhances productivity through the integration of advanced communications technologies into the transportation infrastructure and in vehicles. Check below the jump for the full details of each award.

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