Traffic at night as seen from behind the wheel

What the Latest Round of Federal Transportation Funds Means for Metro ATL

By Paul Donsky | Atlanta Regional Commission |

Better traffic signals. Enhanced bus service. Improved roads.  These are a some of the projects included in this year’s list of transportation projects slated to receive federal funding. In all, $44 million from Uncle Sam was recently allocated by the Atlanta Regional Commission toward a range of projects.  Here are some highlights:  Widening Lee Road in Douglas County, from Fairburn Road to Monier Avenue, to create a four-lane roadway … Continue Reading →

A MARTA train moving along beside 1-20

How Downtown Atlanta Aims to Drive Alternative Commute Options

By Junior Knox | Atlanta Regional Commission |

Imagine an Atlanta that, as it grows, expands its mobility options to better accommodate movement in and around the city, beyond driving alone in a car. Although the reality of COVID has significantly changed commuting habits, it’s important for us to plan for a region that accommodates 2.9 million more residents and 1.2 million more … Continue Reading →

I-75 South at I-285

Teleworking and Social Distancing Push Traffic Down, Air Quality Up

By Paul Donsky | Atlanta Regional Commission |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 →

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 | | 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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Train leaving Decatur station

7 Things to Know about the More MARTA Plan

By Scott Henry |

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 |

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 →