The Atlanta Regional Commission and the region’s local governments decided the region’s $14.36 million of federal Transportation Alternatives Program funding should focus on advancing greenway trail segments, walking and cycling improvements within activity centers and promoting safe routes to schools and transit stations, according to a press release from the Commission.
Douglas County government will receive $1.3 million for construction of the Chattahoochee Hill Country Regional Greenway Trail Douglas County Extension from Boundary Waters Park to Sweetwater Creek State Park if the county government provides a $325,000 match. The city of Dallas will receive $200,000 for the second phase of its Battlefield Trail if it provides a $50,000 match, the release stated.
Making transportation options safer and more appealing are primary goals of the Transportation Alternatives Program. According to guidelines, Program spending should be committed to providing “safe routes for non-motorized travel.”
"Currently, all or parts of some 20,000 metro Atlanta commutes are made on bicycles each week, plus many more on foot and transit,” said John Orr, manager of ARC’s Transportation Access & Mobility Division. “And in today’s world of increasing congestion and decreasing funding, biking and walking are viable modes of transportation in places where they are safe and convenient.”
In addition to transportation access and safety, much of the federal funding will be spent to lay a foundation for greenway trail connections throughout the region and to help develop a regional network that eventually reaches from Alabama to Covington and from Cumming to Senoia. Special attention is being paid to projects that are located in key locations and are critical for bike and pedestrian safety.
In addition to the trails in Douglas and Paulding counties, projects to be funded through the federal program include:
- City of Atlanta Pedestrian Accessibility Project; City of Atlanta; $5,880,000
- Stone Mountain-Lithonia Road Bicycle and Pedestrian; DeKalb County; $1,750,000
- Atlanta Beltline Trail from Glenwood Avenue to Allen Avenue; City of Atlanta; $719,000
- Bob Callan Trail Phase II, U.S. Hwy. 41 Trail and Trailhead; Cobb County; $620,000
- Western Gwinnett Bikeway Extension; Gwinnett County; $900,000
- Sigman Road Multi-Use Trail; Rockdale County; $250,000
- Perimeter Commuter Trail System Study; Perimeter Center CIDs; $400,000
- Georgetown Area Multimodal Project; City of Dunwoody; $200,000
- Path Forward Program; Fayette County; $841,000
- Norcross to Lilburn Multiuse Trail; Gwinnett County; $300,000
- Rottenwood Creek Trail Phase 2; City of Marietta; $200,000
- Town Center / Noonday Creek Trail / KSU Bike-Ped Connector; Cobb County; $200,000
- Barnwell Road Multi-Use Trail; City of Johns Creek; $200,000
- Global Gateway Connector Project; City of College Park; $200,000
- Bethany, Cogburn, Windward Connection; City of Milton; $200,000
The Transportation Alternatives Program is a continuation and combination of the former Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School and Recreational Trail programs under previous federal funding bills.
The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is the official planning agency for the 10-county Atlanta Region, including Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties as well as the City of Atlanta and 68 other cities.