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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.
Focus On … Johnny Dunning, firstname.lastname@example.org 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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