ARC Sends Regional Transportation Wish List to GDOT

(ARC Press Release April 15, 2011) The journey to ratchet up the Atlanta region’s mobility quotient through a 2012 regional referendum took another step forward today, when the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) delivered the metro region’s “wish list” of transportation projects to the planning director of the Georgia Department of Transportation.

“Our local governments, transit agencies and others have compiled and submitted a very comprehensive list of projects,” said Bucky Johnson, Mayor of Norcross and chair of the Atlanta Regional Transportation Roundtable (Roundtable). “This is an important step in a long process to get where we need to go. We look forward to working together as a region to craft an exciting list of improvements for voters to consider next year.”

The submittals includes projects from all parts of metro Atlanta and represent some $29 billion in road, transit, safety, bike and trail and other improvements to choose from, to potentially be funded by a regional referendum in July of 2012. If successful, the penny sales tax could generate approximately $8 billion over a 10-year period, made possible by the Transportation Investment Act of 2010.

But, first, GDOT Planning Director Todd Long will evaluate each of the 437 transportation projects submitted, using criteria developed by the Roundtable last year. He will delete projects that don’t meet the criteria and potentially add projects that meet the criteria but were not submitted by a local government. Long will then present an “unconstrained” list of projects to the Roundtable by June 1.

The Roundtable will whittle Long’s unconstrained list down to a realistic list during the summer and fall. During that time, the working list will be available for public comment. A final “constrained” list, that is affordable with the projected $8 billion in revenue, will be transmitted from the Roundtable to GDOT in October, and will be presented to the public before the vote on the referendum is held next year.

The project wish list is multi-modal, comprehensive and includes the following category totals and illustrative projects:

  • Road projects: 281 submissions totaling $8.5 billion
    • SR 20 widening in Cherokee County from I-575 to SR 400
    • I-285 West at I-20 West interchange improvements

 

  • Transit projects: 75 submissions totaling $13.5 billion
    • Clifton rail corridor connecting Emory to Lindbergh Station and Decatur
    • I-85 North rail corridor from Doraville MARTA station to Gwinnett Arena

 

  • Bike/Pedestrian projects: 55 submissions, totaling $849 million
    • Beltline connector trail via Freedom Parkway Trail, Stone Mountain, Lithonia and South River Trail
    • Morgan Falls power easement trail from Lower Roswell Road in Cobb County to Pitts Road in Dunwoody

 

  • Aviation: 6 submissions totaling $28 million
    • Cobb County Airport (McCollum Field) new air traffic control tower
    • Fulton County Airport (Charlie Brown Field) new taxiways

 

  • Total projects: 437 submissions totaling $29.1 billion

The complete list of all 437 projects submitted is available at http://www.atlantaregionalroundtable.com/projects.html.

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