(Forsyth County, GA) The Atlanta Regional Commission is looking for Forsyth County resident input on the future of transportation in the Atlanta area.
According to its website, the ARC is tasked with planning new transportation options and developing healthy, liveable communities, among other things. The ARC includes 11 counties in the Atlanta area along with the City of Atlanta.
With the region’s growing population, the commission is implementing major changes to its Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP), which guides transportation plans and investments through 2050. About $173 billion in federal, state and local transportation funds will be going toward the changes.
The commission hopes to accomplish these goals with the MTP update:
- “Easing congestion”
- “Expanding transit service”
- “Improving safety”
- “Making it easier to get around our region on foot or on bicycle”
- “Providing alternative commute options”
- “Maintaining existing infrastructure”
Recent changes in the transportation industry and commuting are also being taken into consideration such as:
- Technology changes such as electric bicycles and electric vehicles (EVs)
- Reducing carbon emissions to reduce climate change
- Changes from the COVID-19 pandemic such as the rise of remote work and shifted travel times throughout the day
- “Green” manufacturing such as EV facilities moving the area
- Changing federal priorities to focus more on topics like EV infrastructure, climate and equity
The ARC released a public survey for citizens of the metro Atlanta area to complete to give their thoughts on what the update to the MTP should include.
The Metropolitan Transportation Plan Public Survey can be found here. It is estimated to take about 15 minutes to complete.
For more information on the Atlanta Regional Commission and the survey, visit atlantaregional.org.
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