- $9.6 million toward diverging diamond interchanges at I-75 and Windy Hill Road in Cobb County and at I-285 and Camp Creek Parkway in Fulton County.
- $24 million in signal sychronizations and traffic management systems along key freight and commuting corridors around the region.
- $44 million to extend HOT lanes on I-85 from Old Peachtree Road to Hamilton Mill Road.
- $11.4 million to reduce MARTA rail wait times from 15 minutes to 10 minutes during morning and afternoon rush hours.
- $3.6 million to replace diesel MARTA buses with natural gas buses in south Fulton County.
- $15.2 million for operations support of the Atlanta Streetcar scheduled to open in May.
- $935 million for express toll lanes along I-75 from Akers Mill Road to Hickory Grove Road and along I-575 from I-75 to Sixes Road.
- $557.8 million for express toll lanes along I-75 from Ga. 138 to two miles south of Ga. 155.
- $112 million for extension of existing express toll lanes along I-85 from Old Peachtree Road to Hamilton Mill Road
- $65.5 million for an underpass and realignment of Highway 92 in Douglasville.
- $3 million for an underpass at Old Covington Highway and Ga. 138.
- $8.7 million for pedestrian/bicycle facilities and upgrades along Juniper Street and Ponce de Leon Avenue in the City of Atlanta.
- $5.4 million for medians and pedestrian/bicycle improvements along Buford Highway and in Suwanee in Gwinnett County.
- $3.2 million for pedestrian/bicycle facilities along Franklin Road in Cobb County.
- $1.6 million to improve intersections and safety along Ga. 6 in Cobb and Douglas counties, which carries truck traffic to and from the largest freight rail facility in the Southeast.
To see a full list of all projects in the RTP update, click HERE.
Overall, the PLAN 2040 RTP update has been lauded by both elected officials and government staff as a well-designed plan that shows regional cooperation and opportunities for public participation. Toby Carr, Georgia’s state transportation planning director, also praised the plan’s allocation of limited resources in innovative ways. According to Carr:
“This is a fantastic plan, a goal oriented plan that improves the movement of goods and people. It leverages public private partnerships in a way we never have before. We’re working more closely with our CIDs [community improvement districts], and we’re allocating a limited resource in ways that take us to a new and very positive areas.”
In the wake of the 2012 TSPLOST defeat and in light of current and future transportation challenges, it is critical that the Metro Region works together to improve our transportation system. The Council commends the ARC in its passage of this plan at the state level, and we look forward to working closely with our governments and elected officials to continue to improve transportation in the Metro Region.