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Teleworking and Social Distancing Push Traffic Down, Air Quality Up

By Paul Donsky | Atlanta Regional Commission | April 24, 2020

Updated on May 6, 2020 A quick check of your favorite mapping app makes it clear: traffic congestion has eased during these shelter-in-place times. Even during rush hour, major highways are bathed in a sea of green, signifying free-flowing traffic. Now, we have some numbers that show just how much congestion has declined, and what … Continue Reading →

A 1.5-mile track at Curiosity Lab in Peachtree Corners, Ga., where companies test electronic vehicle tech innovations in a real-world environment.

Three Cool Projects Driving Georgia into the Future

By Kate Sweeney | Atlanta Regional Commission | March 9, 2020

It seems everyone’s talking about the future of transportation these days. You know, things like self-driving cars and “smart” traffic signals. While it may seem this high-tech future is still a looong way off, there’s a lot happening right now on the ground here in Georgia. Here’s a look at some notable projects that experts … Continue Reading →

Downtown Atlanta at night

The Region’s Connected Vehicle Technology is Getting Ready to Roll

By Junior Knox | Atlanta Regional Commission | March 6, 2020

The future of mobility is upon us. A network of “smart” traffic signals is headed for some of the region’s busiest thoroughfares. The system relies on Connected Vehicle (CV) technology – cars that talk to each other and to traffic signals and other infrastructure around them – to improve safety and efficiency. The new tech … Continue Reading →

Downtown Atlanta Skyline

How $173B Will Boost Mobility in Metro ATL

By Paul Donsky | Atlanta Regional Commission | February 26, 2020

How do you keep metro Atlanta moving forward when nearly 3 million people are forecast to move here over the next three decades? That’s the daunting challenge facing regional planners and local governments. The answer can be found in major update to the transportation portion of the Atlanta Region’s Plan, recently approved by the Atlanta … Continue Reading →

Man teleworking in Atlanta

Ditching the Commute: New ARC Survey Shows Big Rise in Teleworkers

By Paul Donsky | Atlanta Regional Commission | February 13, 2020

How’s this for a commute? A short walk from the bedroom to the home office or kitchen table. This is becoming commonplace, as more and more metro Atlanta residents are working at least some of the time at home. That’s according to the latest Regional Commuter Survey from the Atlanta Regional Commission, which found that … Continue Reading →

Virginia Avenue smart corridor rendering

Aerotropolis Corridor May Be Latest In Metro ATL to Go Hi-Tech

By Junior Knox | Atlanta Regional Commission | January 29, 2020

It’s not rocket science, but smart technology is taking off in a way that may be revolutionizing how we travel in metro Atlanta. One of the “driving” forces in this revolution is C-V2X – meaning “cellular-vehicle-to-everything.” This technology uses the emerging 5G network to allow vehicles to communicate with – you guessed it – pretty … Continue Reading →

View of the downtown and Midtown skyline

A $173 Billion Plan to Keep Metro ATL Moving – through 2050

By Paul Donsky | Atlanta Regional Commission | November 25, 2019

We all want better ways of getting from Point A to Point B. Now, you have a chance to weigh in on a 30-year, long-range regional plan designed to improve mobility across metro Atlanta. The plan is comprehensive, and it’s big. We’re talking a total of $172.6 billion through the year 2050. If that seems … Continue Reading →

A graphic depicting what the future of metro Atlanta may look like, with self-driving, smart cars and green energy features.

3 Ways to Imagine ATL in 2050 – and Help Shape the Region’s Long-range Plan

By Paul Donsky | Atlanta Regional Commission | July 24, 2019

Imagine the year 2050. What do you think metro Atlanta will be like three decades from now? Will advanced technology (self-driving cars and other gizmos yet to be invented) bring solutions to age-old problems? Or will today’s challenges only grow as the years pass, leaving us in crisis? These questions are far from academic, late-night … Continue Reading →

Freeway traffic travels beside a MARTA train, with Buckhead skyline in background

Data Dive: How Metro ATL Gets to Work

By Paul Donsky | Atlanta Regional Commission | May 31, 2019

Few things shape our region more than how we get to work. Our commuting patterns determine where we live, work, and shop and can even contribute to health problems (tailpipe emissions – cough, cough! – are one of the main contributors to poor air quality). The Atlanta Regional Commission recently analyzed Census data about commuting … Continue Reading →

A new vision for Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta imagines it as a shared space.

A New, ‘Shared’ Vision for Peachtree Street

By Kate Sweeney | Atlanta Regional Commission | March 22, 2019

Imagine a street where bicycles, cars, pedestrians, and yes, even motorized scooters all share the same space, with no markings such as sidewalks or bike paths to delineate where each should go. Shared streets, as they’re often called, are popular in other countries, particularly in Europe. (The Dutch call them woonerfs, or “living streets.”) Now, the … Continue Reading →

Traffic on the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes

Do New Toll Lanes Pave Way to Better Commute?

By Jim Jaquish | Atlanta Regional Commission | February 15, 2019

During the construction of the Express lanes on I-75 north, people wondered if the two reversible toll lanes in Cobb and Cherokee counties would improve people’s commutes. Now that these Express lanes have been open for almost six months, it’s a good time to check in and address that question and some others to gauge … Continue Reading →

Pedestrians walk by a MARTA bus

Plannerisms: Today we Learn About…First & Last-Mile Connectivity

By Kate Sweeney | Atlanta Regional Commission | February 4, 2019

Today, we learn about…first-mile/last-mile connectivity. More on First-Mile/Last-Mile Connectivity To tackle the first/last-mile issue, planners and others consider solutions that make those first and last legs 1. shorter and 2. more pleasant. Think transit-oriented developments built right near transit stations, as well as improved bike-ped trails, ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft, nicer sidewalks, and, … Continue Reading →

marta train with blue overlay

These 50 Potential Projects Offer Vision for Region’s Transit Future

By Paul Donsky | Atlanta Regional Commission | January 23, 2019

Here’s an intriguing blank slate, sky’s-the-limit question: what should metro Atlanta’s transit network look like in the future? The kicker: You don’t have to factor in cost. Every few years, transportation planners and local officials come together to provide an answer, creating a detailed project list that serves as a long-range vision for transit in … Continue Reading →

Woman texting on her phone with traffic in background

How the Driverless Car Revolution May (Really) Change Your Life

Episode #4 | November 29, 2018 | 27 minutes

Driverless cars and “connected technology” are making headlines across the country and right here in metro Atlanta. But why should any of this interest any but the tech-nerdiest among us? In this episode, we find out. We learn which metro Atlanta communities and companies are, at this moment, testing vehicles that drive themselves—and the infrastructure … Continue Reading →

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7 Things to Know about the More MARTA Plan

By Scott Henry | October 19, 2018

The More MARTA Atlanta program is arguably the biggest boost the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority has received since the agency was approved by DeKalb and Fulton county voters in 1971. Over the next 40 years, the spending plan will inject $2.7 billion – with a “B” – into the transit agency for a range … Continue Reading →

Decatur cycle track

Plannerisms: Today we Learn About…Cycle Tracks

By Kate Sweeney | Atlanta Regional Commission | September 24, 2018

On Plannerisms, our new occasional short-audio series, we take planning terms related to things taking place in metro Atlanta—and, in 90 seconds or less—gives you a clear explanation and some key timely local context. First up…Cycle tracks, also known as protected bike lanes. More on Cycle Tracks Time was, planners in the Atlanta region had … Continue Reading →

girl riding bike across crosswalk

How Metro Atlanta Can Put the Brakes on Bike-Ped Injuries and Deaths

By Paul Donsky | Atlanta Regional Commission | September 6, 2018

How can local governments make their streets safer for people walking and bicycling? It’s an urgent question, given that the number of collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists has risen sharply from 1,778 in 2006 to 2,900 in 2015, a 63% increase. And now, a new regional plan provides detailed, data-driven answers. It’s called Safe Streets … Continue Reading →