Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is the ultimate goal or vision for this plan?
Currently, DeKalb County has no long term plan identifying transportation needs. The
Comprehensive Transportation Plan is designed to remedy that deficit through the
identification of a coordinated multi-modal transportation system.
How is the land use – transportation interaction reflected in the Comprehensive
Transportation Plan (CTP)?
Land use information has been incorporated into the CTP throughout the analysis and
plan development process. Specifically, the land use connection is accounted for in the
o Population and employment data was obtained and projected through 2030 for all
traffic analysis zones to derive High Growth Areas (see map)
o Permitting data for all single family, multi-family, institutional, public, retail,
office, and industrial establishments, as well as for replacement (infill)
developments have been incorporated into the travel demand model
o Atlanta Regional Commission land use data was also incorporated into the travel
o Areas for planned increases in land use intensity will be coordinated with the
infrastructure improvements (i.e. transit, bike, pedestrian, and roadway
operational improvements, etc.) identified in this plan
o Areas adjacent to public schools, activity centers, and mass transit facilities have
been targeted for sidewalks (along roadways classified as arterials or collectors)
How is the Envision 6 Process related to the CTP?
Envision 6 is the next regional transportation plan currently under development by the
Atlanta Regional Commission. Both the CTP and Envision 6 processes incorporate land
use scenario projections to predict transportation demand. Specifically, these scenarios
involve analyzing a variety of possible land use configurations (i.e. high, medium, or low
intensity) to help indicate the possible affects this may have on the transportation
network. Furthermore, the DeKalb County CTP has been developed in active
consultation with ARC, thus enabling the two organizations to easily exchange
How are Livable Centers Initiatives (LCIs) being incorporated into the CTP?
Some LCI projects will appear in the CTP and some will not. In cases where the
proposed LCI project coincided with a project identified as part of the CTP analysis, the
project was reflected in the project list. If a project was identified in an LCI study, but
implementation funds were not secured or the local jurisdiction did not endorse the
findings of the LCI, then that project was excluded from the CTP project list. It is also
possible that some transportation projects identified in LCIs completed between 2000 and
2003 have already been completed or are part of planned projects either funded in part or
in full by the DeKalb County HOST or recently adopted Bond Referendum.
What is an intersection improvement?
An intersection improvement includes a wide ranging set of possible modifications. In
some cases, an intersection improvement can provide enough congestion relief to
eliminate the need for additional lanes. Some intersection improvements may be as
simple as re-striping the pavement to better delineate crosswalks and turn lanes. Other
improvements may include the addition of turn signals and signal retiming. Still other
improvements may involve complete intersection redesign as in the case of the following:
o Addition of traffic circle
o Addition of bulb-outs for improved pedestrian safety
o Addition of left turn lane and coordinated pedestrian signals to reduce congestion
and improve pedestrian safety
o Modification of intersection to permit introduction of streetcar rail service where
o Modification of intersection to permit introduction of queue-jumpers for bus rapid
transit service where identified
Why wasn’t the Comprehensive Plan adopted first?
Both the Comprehensive Plan and the Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) were
initiated at approximately the same time. Originally, the Comprehensive Plan was
scheduled to be completed prior to the CTP, however new standards have been imposed
on the Comprehensive Plan resulting in a delay. Ironically, this delay has worked to the
advantage of both plans because the CTP process has yielded additional data that is being
reintroduced back into the Comprehensive Plan. Furthermore, the CTP incorporates the
same land use data that is being used for the Comprehensive Plan, therefore formal
adoption of the Comprehensive Plan is not necessary to proceed with the CTP.
When will the Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) be adopted?
o The CTP will be presented to the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners in late
Spring 2006. Pending a review, the plan will be adopted at their discretion.
o The Atlanta Regional Commission expects that future funding requests will be
evaluated based on consistency with adopted CTPs and Comprehensive Plans.
o There are several important policy recommendations related to the future of
development and transportation infrastructure in DeKalb County that will be
presented to the Board as part of the plan for consideration:
o DeKalb County Functional Classification System Plan (formerly
referred to as the Thoroughfare Plan) – (completed and awaiting
adoption): provides necessary update to the previous Thoroughfare Plan to
reflect changes in road usage patterns
o Truck Route Plan Update (completed and awaiting adoption): provides
update to the original truck plan adopted in 1967
What kinds of transit service are included in the plan?
The plan includes a wide variety of transit services that will enhance the existing transit
o New commuter rail line between Athens and Atlanta via central DeKalb County
o Mid-range rail service between Tucker (with possible extension to Lawrenceville)
and downtown Atlanta via Montreal Road, Emory University, Armour Yard
(transfer point for MARTA rail and proposed Beltline services), Atlantic Station,
and Georgia Tech
o Network of arterial bus rapid transit lines and interstate (I-285 and I-20) bus rapid
o Streetcar service
o New bus routes employing small buses for neighborhoods
What is bus rapid transit (BRT)?
Bus rapid transit is a broad term used to describe several types of specialized or enhanced
bus service, such as:
o Exclusive guideway service: This service provides the highest level of service
and functions more like a train. The service may include station platforms and
off-vehicle fare collection
o Semi-exclusive guideway service: This service may involve the use of special
equipment that will enable the bus to pass through an intersection without being
delayed. Otherwise, the facilities may be similar to those listed with exclusive
guideway. The bus may operate in a special lane at targeted intersections
(referred to as a queue-jumper – under development along Memorial Drive).
o Enhanced bus: This service is similar to the above, but without the queue-jumper
lane. Enhanced bus service may feature limited stops.