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Concept 3: Atlanta's Bold Transit Vision


Amid these mounting challenges, leaders throughout our region have joined together to develop a plan that will put us back on the right track. In the fall of 2004, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), which serves as the MPO for Atlanta, initiated a study to evaluate the institutional framework required to implement a seamless, regional transit system to address the congestion, poor air quality and deteriorating quality of life in the region.

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									                                   Focus On …
                                   Johnny Dunning,

                                   Concept 3: Atlanta’s Bold Transit Vision

 I         In 1965, the Georgia State legislature
     clearly understood that phenomenal growth
     was inevitable in the Atlanta region. They
     knew that without a greater investment
                                                               express bus service providing direct transit
                                                               access from 11 metro area counties to
                                                               regional activity centers, including down-
                                                               town Atlanta. Despite the foresight of the
                                                                                                                     The vision cast by the TPB is a bold,
                                                                                                                multimodal one, stretching over 14 coun-
                                                                                                                ties, representing an ambitious but neces-
                                                                                                                sary expansion of service coverage. With
     in transit the mounting traffic conditions                visionaries of 1965, Atlanta has a serious       unprecedented state and regional support
     would hinder state and regional develop-                  transportation problem. An icon of urban         for this transit plan, regional coordination
     ment. To meet this growing need, the state                sprawl, the region ranks among the worst         is expected to continue through its imple-
     of Georgia passed the Metropolitan Atlanta                in terms of traffic congestion and air quality   mentation. The components of the plan
     Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) Act paving                with years of development being driven by        include small extensions to the rail system
     the way for investment in a high-capacity                 roadway investment. Although Atlanta is          to better leverage the existing infrastruc-
     transit system that would help to sustain                 home to MARTA, the ninth largest transit         ture, an introduction of fixed-guideway appli-
     the quality of life in the region while accom-            system in the country, the region has fallen     cations such as commuter rail, light rail and
     modating the anticipated growth.                          years behind other regions in addressing         streetcar applications, and the addition of
          Fast forward to June 30, 1979, the                   mobility needs via transit. Because of this,     arterial rapid bus service. The multimodal
     initial segment of MARTA’s East-West                      the region’s quality of life and global com-     composition will create a transit system of
     Line opened for revenue operation. With                   petitiveness are suffering.                      first choice that will sustain and improve
     plans for the rail system ranging from 60                     Amid these mounting challenges,              lifeline mobility needs, as well as offer
     to more than 100 miles, covering five coun-               leaders throughout our region have joined        viable transit options for the lifestyle com-
     ties, the MARTA system, with significant                  together to develop a plan that will put us      muter. Successful implementation of the
     federal investme
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