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Reporter’s Notebook: Financial aid reinstated at Morris Brown after 20-year absence

Anyone looking to ring in the new year in the heart of the city is in luck — the iconic Peach Drop at Underground Atlanta is back this year after a three-year hiatus, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Atlanta-based hip-hop group Goodie Mob and singer Ashanti will headline the iconic New Year’s Eve celebration.  More […]

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I-285 toll lanes: State to retain rate-setting authority, ensure transit compatibility

Two important points emerge from Georgia’s plan for a greater role for private partners in future tollways along portions of top end I-285 – the state will set limits on rates a company can charge drivers to use the lanes; and the transit component comports with language by U.S. Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux that’s been added to the nation’s pending transportation funding legislation.

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GDOT seeks public comments on funding of transit, bike and walking paths, more

The window of opportunity for the public to express opinions on state funding of transit, bike and walking paths – and all modes of transportation – opened over the weekend and public comments will be accepted online through Oct. 20. The outreach is part of the state’s effort to update mobility plans that are to guide spending through 2050.

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Enough already: GRTA, SRTA, MARTA, GDOT, ARC…and now….the ATL

Nearly 20 years ago, key business and government leaders heralded the creation of a new transportation authority that would tackle metro Atlanta’s traffic problems by expanding transit.

And so the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority – GRTA – was born.

At the time, there was one naysayer – the late Harry West, the longtime executive director of the Atlanta Regional Commission.

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Atlanta’s Changing Transportation Ecosystem

By: Sarah Kirsch and Daphne Bond-Godfrey, ULI Atlanta Atlanta’s traffic woes are a well-known story. Despite having the nation’s 9th largest transit system, we are still an auto-centric city and region, rife with congestion along our main corridors. The lesser known story, perhaps, is the remarkable level of investment and coordination currently underway among our […]

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ARC Sets the Record Straight on Metro Atlanta Traffic

You may have read about the recent Inrix Global Traffic Scorecard, which ranked metro Atlanta’s traffic congestion as the 8th-worst globally. While that made headlines here, there’s a lot more to the story: Atlanta fares much better using another Inrix measure The Inrix report also ranks regions by percentage of driving time spent in congestion. In […]

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The year ahead in Georgia transportation

By Guest Columnist RUSSELL MCMURRY, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation

Transportation infrastructure plays a pivotal role in driving Georgia’s economy, supporting community growth and maintaining Georgia’s position as the No. 1 state in the U.S. to do business. It also makes Georgia more attractive as a home to prospective new business operations like Amazon’s second headquarters, as well as those in the freight and logistics industry and our largest industry, agribusiness.

The Georgia Department of Transportation takes its responsibility for managing the nation’s 10th-largest transportation network very seriously, and we work diligently to ensure it meets the needs of all Georgians. GDOT focuses on innovation, safety, sustainability and mobility to provide well-maintained roads and bridges. But that is just the beginning.

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GDOT’s support of disadvantaged businesses evident in $170 million in DBE contracts in 2016

By Guest Columnist KIMBERLY A. KING, director of the equal opportunity program at the Georgia Department of Transportation

For more than 20 years, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has had a policy in place aimed at helping small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, including minorities and women. This is known as the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program, and it extends to each state’s Department of Transportation.