Imagine the Metro Atlanta of the Future

July 18, 2014

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How do you think the metro Atlanta region should grow and change? What attributes do you love about your community? Are there places and qualities that should be protected as our region grows? How can we ensure that metro Atlanta remains globally competitive, attracts and retains the best workforce possible and continues to be a quality place to live?

These questions and more are posed in a new survey being conducted by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) to inform future plans. This survey offers regional residents a chance to prioritize six important goals for the future identified by the ARC board: developing a highly skilled workforce; ensuring a secure water supply; building a comprehensive transportation system; creating walkable, vibrant neighborhoods; becoming an innovation and technology hub; and improving access to arts, recreation and a healthy quality of life.

Input from this survey will be used to help ARC develop its Regional Plan of investment strategies and performance metrics that will guide public policies related to issues of transportation, land use, water quality, workforce development, aging citizens and health resources. The Regional Plan is a set of goals and strategies to ensure growth and a high quality of life for everyone in the region.

The survey is visual, interactive and brief. It allows for open-ended comments throughout, including the ability to suggest new priorities not yet identified. This is the first of three surveys that ARC will conduct over the course of updating The Regional Plan, set to be adopted in the spring of 2016. This first Regional Plan survey is available at www.atlantaregional.com/TheRegionalPlan and is open from the beginning of July through the end of September 2014.


Public Comment Welcome on Regional Transportation Plan Update

February 4, 2014

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Innovative solutions and additional investment in public transportation are noteworthy elements of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s (ARC) update to its PLAN 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). And, until February 21, citizens of the Atlanta region can visit www.atlantaregional.com/openhouse to see the information available on the updated plan and leave their thoughts for ARC.

The site includes all the materials that were available at a “pop-up” open house ARC hosted on January 11, along with links to the required documentation and federal regulations that govern the RTP. More than 130 people visited the pop-up open house in downtown Decatur. It is a model that ARC hopes to tweak and use around the region in the future.

The RTP is a $59 billion plan for transportation spending in an 18-county region through the year 2040. Due to the cost of maintaining the region’s existing network, there is only about $15 billion for expansion over that time. Considering that ARC expects the region to add almost three million more residents by 2040, that won’t be enough to keep up with congestion.

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Regional Transportation Plan Pop-Up Open House This Saturday

January 7, 2014

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ARC is hosting a new style of informational gathering from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11 that will transform an empty storefront in Downtown Decatur into a come-and-go public meeting. It’s the pilot project for an idea we got from the overwhelming response to the community engagement survey this summer. In that survey, more than 2,000 residents said they wanted more local choices, different ways to engage and online options. This “Pop-up” conversation is intended to promote informal connections, innovation and, dare we say it, fun. It’s an idea we hope to replicate in communities all over the region.

This gathering is part of the latest update to the $61 billion Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), metro Atlanta’s framework for mobility and prosperity. ARC invites you to come learn about transportation choices, ask questions and give us some critical input about how to make these kinds of important meetings more fun, informative and engaging.

We need your help to pass along this message, so please share this email. More information can be found at ARC’s website.

Pop-Up Open House

January 11, 2014 | 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

515 North McDonough Street | Suite A | Decatur, GA 30030


Final Coweta CTP Public Hearing Scheduled

November 5, 2013

Efforts are wrapping up on the Coweta County CTP Update and a final public open house has been scheduled to provide citizens an opportunity to review the plan’s recommendations and provide input. Please plan to attend and participate in this last chance to provide feedback on the plan.

The public open house will be held on November 7, 2013, from 6-8pm at the Coweta County Fairgrounds and Conference Center located at 275 Pine Road in Newnan.  Stop by at any time to review findings, speak with Coweta CTP staff and share your thoughts. There will be no formal presentation.

For the latest news and information on the Coweta CTP, please visit the project website.


ARC Needs Your Feedback!

June 12, 2013

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ARC and the Civic League for Regional Atlanta want to know how you prefer to engage with us regarding regional issues. ARC needs your feedback to improve the agency’s outreach strategy as work begins on an update to the regional transportation plan. Click here to complete a short, five-minute survey to help us learn how we can reach you by the most convenient and relevant means possible.


1st Quarter 2013 TIP Administrative Modifications Announcement

January 28, 2013

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Requests for the 1st Quarter 2013 round of Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Administrative Modifications are currently being accepted and will be due by Friday, February 22. Modifications are currently scheduled to be processed on March 8. Project sponsors are asked to submit all requests via the PlanIt project database. Please refer to the Administrative Modification FAQ document for information outlining upcoming due dates in addition to acceptable administrative modifications. For the 1st quarter 2013, staff will be focusing primarily on adjustments to FY 2013 and FY 2014 TIP project phases only. Changes submitted for phases in FY 2015 and beyond will be handled during the RTP update later this year.


Reminder: Public Comment Period for TIP Amendment #1 in Progress

October 10, 2012
The Atlanta Regional Commission has opened a public review and comment period  for a pending amendment to the region’s FY 2012-2017 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
The TIP is the mechanism by which federal, state and local funds are approved for all significant transportation projects and programs in the region. The FY 2012-2017 TIP comprises the first six years of the Atlanta region’s long range PLAN 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). The RTP provides the framework to guide the region’s transportation decisions and must cover a minimum of 20 years. As the federally recognized Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)
for an 18-county region, ARC is responsible for developing and updating the TIP and RTP to meet federal planning requirements and address local needs. By definition, an amendment to the TIP also constitutes an amendment to the RTP.
The purposes of this amendment are to:
  • document the technical analysis that confirms the region’s current long range transportation plan is in conformity with new federal clean air requirements.
  • incorporate scope changes to six projects which have occurred as they proceed through the design and engineering process, to ensure that environmental clearances are not delayed and the projects can stay on schedule.
  • address other programming issues of a time-sensitive nature on a limited number of other projects
  • lay the foundation for a plan update in 2013 which will incorporate updated assumptions on long-term growth and revenue.
The amendment will involve a new air quality conformity determination by the United States Department of Transportation on the FY 2012-2017 TIP and 2040 RTP. The most recent conformity determination on the TIP and RTP was made on September 6, 2011. A full copy of the proposed list of changes may be obtained through the ARC TIP Amendment #1 website or by calling (404) 463-3272. The public review and comment period will run through October 30, 2012. To submit comments or request further information or assistance, email plan2040[at]atlantaregional[dot]com or call ARC at 404-463-3272. ARC must receive comments prior to midnight on this date in order to be considered in the official record of comments. A summary of all comments received during the period and responses to those comments will be presented to ARC’s technical and policy committees and the ARC Board for their consideration before taking action on the amendment.