A plan to double spending on bicycle and pedestrian amenities by 2040, and add transit capacity, has earned a federal award for the transportation planning organization for Chattanooga, and its suburbs in Georgia.
Chattanooga’s plans to double spending on bike lanes and walking paths, such as the Riverwalk, helped the region win a federal award for its transportation planning. Credit: iamfriday.me
“Building a world-class transportation system doesn’t happen overnight, and never by accident,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a ...more
Researchers call it “CSI for sea turtles,” and the process uses DNA collected from eggs to answer questions about nesting habits of loggerhead sea turtles.
Female loggerhead sea turtles are now monitored via their DNA by researchers at the University of Georgia. Credit: Sandi Martin/UGA
The University of Georgia commenced genetic tagging on a limited basis in 2005. The program has become so acclaimed that it’s featured in the 2015 edition of, “State of the World’s Sea Turtles,” a report produced ...more
A legal opinion issued by the office of South Carolina’s attorney general presents a new obstacle for a proposed pipeline for petroleum and ethanol to be built along the Savannah River and down the Georgia coast, to Jacksonville, Fla.
Savannah-area residents joined a protest rally against the Palmetto Pipeline in April. Credit: richmondhillsreflectionslive.com
The opinion contends that Kinder Morgan, Inc. does not have the power to condemn land for the purpose of installing the Palmetto Pipeline. If the pipe were to ...more
Metro Atlanta ranks fourth nationally on a green building adoption index, according to a report by CBRE that also revealed a slump in the national growth rate of certification for sustainability or energy efficiency in office buildings.
Three Alliance Center is expected to be LEED Gold or Platinum certified when it opens in 2016, providing a highly sustainable office building to the Buckhead market. Credit: tishmanspeyer.com
The report arrives almost three months after the city of Atlanta enacted its first mandatory ...more
Priced at about $1 billion, the reconstruction of the interchange of I-285 and Ga. 400 is to cost almost a third of some estimates for building the $3.6 billion transit system envisioned for the Atlanta Streetcar and Atlanta BeltLine.
Placing those two figures side-by-side illustrates the enormous sums of money contemplated to maintain, if not improve, mobility in and around the city of Atlanta.
Atlanta’s planned transit systems are unfunded, for the most part. They’re intended to serve the city’s growing population, ...more
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is predicting in a draft report that climate change will eliminate habitat for some species by 2050, even as man-made “sprawl zones” create tremendous challenges for other critters and plants.
The DNR can hardly be described as reactionary or left-leaning. The department has a history of granting considerable leeway to property owners. That’s one reason the predictions contained in the proposed “State Wildlife Action Plan” can be viewed as alarming.
The report DNR is completing is ...more
About 400 paddlers are scheduled to depart Saturday from the Statesboro area in the 11th annual Paddle Georgia fundraising event, and their route will take them down a waterway where environmentalists won a major victory.
About 38,000 fish were killed in 2011 in the Ogeechee River. Speculation attributed the kill to a spill from King America Finishing, which produces a fire retardant fabric at a plant along river. The fish kill began about 50 yards below the company’s effluent pipe.
The state ...more
The Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. is continuing negotiations, with perhaps a handful of experienced real estate developers, to sell 1.5 acres of land that’s adjacent to Piedmont Park and now is a parking lot next to Park Tavern.
BeltLine officials would not disclose the identity of proponents or with whom they are pursuing a transaction. However, the officials did release a sign-in sheet from an April 27 meeting that was mandatory for anyone interested in buying the tract. The sale is to ...more
In a new approach to road construction in Georgia, the state is adding 52 miles of managed lanes in metro Atlanta with the intention of using them to serve a growing number of transit buses filled with passengers.
The state’s three major transportation agencies are working together to create a system that is to help provide reliable trip times. The system is to serve commuters traveling from home in Atlanta’s suburbs to destinations mainly in downtown Atlanta, Midtown and the Perimeter ...more
Georgia is likely to provide money in the future to support transit, in addition to the $75 million the Legislature provided this year, Jay Roberts, the state’s recently appointed transportation planning director, said Wednesday.
In other transit news, Georgia’s transit agencies should be notified in January as to whether they will get a share of that $75 million, said GRTA Executive Director Chris Tomlinson. In addition to Tomlinson’s work at GRTA, he serves as executive director of the state entity that’s ...more