The Atlanta Transit Link Authority has began working on two of their most important responsibilities of updating the ATL Regional Transit Plan (ARTP) and issuing an Annual Report and Audit (ARA). The ARTP serves as the foundation for transit planning in the Atlanta region for the next several decades, ensuring transit projects work together to create a seamless network and customer experience regardless of transit operator. The 2022 ARTP will involve stakeholder input and technical analyses, resulting in an implementation framework to focus limited resources on priority projects to meet current and future needs. The ARA is a comprehensive report and audit of transit planning, funding, and operations within the jurisdiction of the ATL. It provides a broad picture of transit in the region, illustrating the performance and benefits of the metro area’s transit services. This year’s report will be issued in late 2021.
The ARTP is used for three important purposes:
- Serves as the primary source of transit projects for inclusion in the Atlanta region’s short-term and long-range transportation plans developed by the Atlanta Regional Commission
- Serves as the source of transit projects submitted to the Governor and General Assembly for potential inclusion in the annual state bond package
- Serves as the source of transit projects that may be funded through county-level transit SPLOST referenda. Gwinnett County in 2020 was the first county to use the ARTP for this purpose.
The ATL expects to hold the ARTP Call for Projects in late summer or early fall of 2021. Notice of the exact Call for Projects window will be posted soon. All transit operators, local jurisdictions, and CIDs are eligible to submit projects for the 2022 ARTP. Projects will be submitted electronically through TrackATL. TrackATL is our new project database initiative launching in June 2021. This web-based system allows project sponsors to submit and update project information via a user-friendly and secure interface, streamlining ATL’s internal project administration. TrackATL also has a public-facing site, enabling everyone to access and search for project information.
All potential and existing project sponsors are invited to join a virtual TrackATL tutorial on June 24th.
Pont of Contact: Aileen Daney at ADaney@ATLtransit.ga.gov