A committee of the Atlanta City Council voted Tuesday to help Georgia Tech advance its plans to improve the pedestrian nature of the central campus while ensuring vehicles can still traverse the campus.
The council’s Utilities Committee voted unanimously to abandon portions of State Street and Atlantic Drive to Tech. Councilmember Andre Dickens abstained after noting that he works for Tech.
Because of overwhelming support for the measure, the full Atlanta City Council is likely to approve it at its June 15 ...more
The first official step toward the first major overhaul of GRTA’s Xpress bus service in a decade is on track to be presented Wednesday to the board that oversees the regional transit agency. The board is to vote on a draft plan that’s slated for a final vote in August.
These service changes are to be implemented next year over a period of time. The changes are part of a broader effort by GRTA to boost ridership.
Other plans call for ...more
Atlanta is moving forward with plans to create a pleasant place to walk and cycle along Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, all the way from the future Falcons stadium to Fulton Industrial Boulevard. A new linear park is to be built.
The 7.2-mile stretch of roadway is the latest of the city’s efforts to retool heavily used corridors into complete streets. The notion is that streets are not complete until they serve pedestrians and cyclists and transit, as well as automobiles ...more
Python and yak are on the student menu at Kennesaw State University. So are tomatoes from plants that grow 30 feet long in a KSU greenhouse. As well as lettuce grown hydroponically in the dining hall.
Kids still can choose a hamburger, and most do at the start of their college years. But they become more adventurous after seeing intriguing entrees on other students’ plates, said Gary Coltek, senior director of KSU’s culinary and hospitality services.
“We serve yak filet mignon, salt ...more
Atlanta on Tuesday took another step toward improving the environment just west of the future Falcons stadium in the Proctor Creek basin.
The gist of the plan is to restore the land’s ability to handle stormwater runoff along a portion of Joseph E. Boone. In addtion, the street will be narrowed and bicycle and turn lanes will be installed.
The Atlanta City Council voted unanimously to allocate up to $387,747 for the project. The money will match an anticipated grant from the ...more
An uptick in the sale of new vehicles that’s been linked to lower gas prices spells more trouble for state road funding.
Georgia’s collection of motor fuel taxes fell by 2 percent in the last three months of 2014. Revenues from tag, title, and fees rose by 2.7 percent during that period, according to a tabulation of monthly reports from the Georgia Department of Revenue.
If the trend continues, an ever-increasing number of new, fuel efficient vehicles will be on the road ...more
By David Pendered
Forsyth County is quietly going about its business of building $200 million of road projects, and on Thursday commissioners discussed plans for new interchange at Ga. 400.
To keep this sum in perspective, Atlanta voters on March 15 will have a chance to cast their ballots on a proposed $252 million bond issue to improve transportation and city buildings.
In addition, Forsyth County on Monday received the highest credit rating possible from Moody’s Investors Service for an upcoming bond issue ...more
The first segment of the PATH400 trail is officially open, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony that recognized an historic city-state agreement to create green space in Buckhead.
Eventually, the trail will wind beneath and alongside Ga. 400 because the Georgia Department of Transportation granted unprecedented access to unused right of way. The trail will begin near a cemetery and is to connect near Piedmont Hospital with the Atlanta BeltLine.
The wind chill took temperatures to 24 degrees at the ribbon cutting of ...more
Brookhaven is continuing its effort to improve parks and greenways in metro Atlanta’s newest city.
Brookhaven residents have identified walking trails and rest rooms in parks as their top priorities in parks development, according to the master parks plan completed in September. The next step is to review three specific parks.
Brookhaven has scheduled visioning sessions this month and next for Ashford, Skyland and Georgian Hills parks. The goal is to create development plans for each park that can be presented for ...more
The Georgia Legislature’s new report on transportation funding recognizes the need to improve the state’s freight handling systems, but goes into little detail.
The report does observe that freight must be accommodated. The report does not note that up to $20 billion is needed to improve roads and rail for the exclusive purpose of moving freight on rails and roads, according to a consultant’s report released in 2011 by the Georgia Department of Transportation.
The new report created by the Legislature’s joint ...more