Help Make Metro Atlanta Walkable!

Posted by Stephanie | Community Projects, Politics, Transportation | Thursday, June 28, 2012 11:10 am

(via peds.org)

Action Alert: the time for accountability on sidewalks is NOW!

Let Atlanta City Council know that you’ve waited long enough for responsible action on sidewalks. With last month’s record $3 million payout to a pedestrian injured after falling on a broken sidewalk, it’s past time for change.

Please add your voice to others asking for accountability and action in our upcoming public forum on the City of Atlanta’s sidewalk maintenance program:

Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 6:30 pm – 8 pm
Old Council Chambers, Atlanta City Hall
55 Trinity Avenue, Atlanta

Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell, Councilman Michael Julian Bond and Public Works Commissioner Richard Mendoza will participate in a panel discussion moderated by PEDS President & CEO Sally Flocks. We’ll include time for questions from the audience.

Your presence will let City Council members know that voters want the City to prioritize sidewalk maintenance – by replacing its dysfunctional sidewalk program and funding one that works.

Last Sunday’s Atlanta Journal Constitution reported on the failures in the present system.

At Atlanta Streets Alive last month, residents showed their support for safer sidewalks by supporting a PEDS petition composed of 180 signed footprints.  A week later, volunteers helped us present the banner at an Atlanta City Council meeting.

Help keep up the momentum for policy change that enables the City to address the estimated $152 million backlog of broken sidewalks and missing or broken curb ramps. Please participate in the forum and ask your friends and neighbors to do so as well!

What You Need to Know about the Regional Transportation Referendum

Posted by Stephanie | Community Projects, Transportation | Monday, June 25, 2012 2:42 pm

The July 31 Regional Transportation Referendum is an historic opportunity for Metro Atlanta. It would be the single largest investment in transit since the MARTA system. This is what it means for the Atlanta BeltLine. Please watch and share. (via beltline.org)

Absentee Ballot for Transportation Referendum

Posted by Stephanie | Community Projects, Politics, Transportation | Thursday, June 21, 2012 12:40 pm

We hope you all are able to make it out to the polls on July 31 for the vote on the Regional Transportation Referendum!

But for those who may not be able, here’s a handy link to request an Absentee Ballot.  Let your voice be heard!

Atlanta Beltline Quarterly Briefing, Tuesday, July 18

Posted by Stephanie | Community Projects, News, Transportation | Monday, June 18, 2012 4:56 pm

The Atlanta Beltline Quarterly Briefing is tomorrow! And speakers from across the region will be present to discuss the July Transportation Referendum. You don’t want to miss this!

When: Tuesday, June 19th from 6 to 8 p.m.
Where:Trees Atlanta, 225 Chester Ave., Atlanta

Featured speakers include:

-Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson
-Kevin Ross and Paul Bennecke of the Metro Atlanta Voter Education Network
-Kathryn Lawler, Manager of External Affairs for the Atlanta Regional Commission
-Tom Weyandt, Transportation Policy Advisory for Mayor Kasim Reed
-Atlanta City Councilman H. Lamar Willis

http://beltline.org/events/atlanta-beltline-quarterly-briefing/

Construction Begins On Atlanta Streetcar Project

Posted by adna_admin | News, Transportation | Wednesday, February 1, 2012 1:41 pm

Repost from CBS Atlanta

ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -
Wednesday, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood kicked off construction of the Atlanta Streetcar system.

The 2.6-mile line will run through the heart of Atlanta’s business, tourism and convention corridor, bringing jobs and new economic development to the city.

The $94.4 million project was funded in part by a $47.6 million TIGER 2 grant from the Obama Administration.

This comes one week after President Barack Obama called for investments in transportation as part of “an America Built to Last” in his State of the Union address.

LaHood was joined at the event by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, City Councilman Kwanza Hall, A.J. Robinson with the Atlanta Downtown Improvement Partnership, and MARTA CEO Dr. Beverly Scott.

“Today’s launch of the Atlanta Streetcar project is the first step in a project that will transform our downtown corridor, and it reflects President Obama’s blueprint for an America that’s ‘built to last,’” said Mayor Reed. “I am grateful for the support of the Obama Administration and Secretary LaHood for the TIGER II grant, which stands as the largest single federal allocation awarded to the City of Atlanta for transportation outside of Hartsfield-Jackson Airport and MARTA in more than a decade.”

Operated by MARTA, the streetcar line will include 12 stops with access to major attractions like the World of Coca-Cola, CNN Center, the Georgia Aquarium, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and the historic Auburn Avenue corridor, which is the birthplace of the Civil Rights movement. The line will also connect with MARTA’s rail and bus systems with eventual connectivity to the Atlanta BeltLine.

“President Barack Obama and Secretary Ray LaHood are truly realizing the vision for transit in this country,” said Dr. Scott. “Thanks to their unwavering commitment to building a better way through transit investment, we are experiencing increased economic growth, a cleaner, greener environment and an overall improved quality of life for our citizens.”

Copyright 2012 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation).  All rights reserved.

Latest Proposal from Portman Commission

Posted by adna_admin | Transportation | Monday, May 16, 2011 12:17 am
——– Original Message ——–

Subject: John Portman Recommendation
Date: Sun, 15 May 2011 20:38:56 -0400
From: Preston Harden <prestonlharden@hotmail.com>
To:

I hope all is well.  In an effort to determine an honor befitting Xernona Clayton and John Portman, the office of President Ceasar C. Mitchell engaged both commissions to develop a solution.  The solution was based from the feedback provided by the NPU, Urban Design Commission, Community at large and other factors.  It was the desire of the office of President Mitchell to find a common ground for the community and commission alike.  As a result, the following was recommended by the Clayton Commission:

Clayton Commission Recommendation:

  • Dedicate the upper portion of Hardy Ivy Park as “Xernona Clayton Plaza”.
  • Install street toppers on Baker Street from Piedmont Ave to Centennial Olympic Park.

John Portman Commission Recommendation:

  • Change Harris Street to John C. Portman Boularvard
  • Install street topper to reflect: “Historic Harris Street”
  • On Harris Street, install historic plaque to tell the history of Harris Street (Examples are below)
  • In addition, install historic plaque to tell the history of John C. Portman (Examples are below)

As both legislations were packaged together, we worked very hard with both commission to develop a common solution based on the feedback from the community.  In addition, the office of President Mitchell is also prepared to introduce a resolution to develop a city wide commission.  This commission will be responsible for reviewing the existing legislation and determine the best approach for honoring future honorees.

In close, we have worked very hard to find a common solution for all stakeholders.  Thank you in advance for your assistance and support.  We look forward to our continued partnership to make the city of Atlanta great.

Best Regards,

Preston L. Harden

Director of Intergovernmental and Community Relations

Office of President Ceasar C. Mitchell

(404) 376-6833

Abandonment of Foundry Street (proposed)

Posted by adnanews | Transportation | Thursday, January 27, 2011 12:44 pm

Please raise any questions or concerns on the proposed abandonment of Foundry Street by entering a comment below…

View in Google Docs if you’re unable to see it below.

Marietta Streetscape Project Update

Posted by adnanews | Transportation | Wednesday, January 26, 2011 3:41 pm

From Central Atlanta Progress:

“The following is a general update of the progress of the Marietta/COP Streetscape project. Despite some minor delays the project continues to progress as the contractor works diligently to make up for lost time.  Due to the lengthy project duration we are confident  that the contractor will be able to quickly make up for lost time and it is anticipated that the project completion date of September 2011 will stay the same.

Please continue to consult our website for more detailed updates at http://www.atlantadowntown.com/get-around/transportation-improvements/marietta-st-and-centennial-olympic-park-dr.”

Contact information to submit questions or concerns are found in the link above.

Fairlie-Poplar Streetscape Project Update

Posted by adnanews | Transportation | Monday, January 24, 2011 1:57 pm

From Central Atlanta Progress:

The following is a general update of the progress of the Fairlie-Poplar Streetscape project. Delays due to unforeseen encroaching basements, utility relocations, driveway coordination and weather conditions have both delayed and necessitated re-sequencing of the project. Despite these minor delays the project continues to progress as the contractor works diligently to make up for lost time.  However, the contractor will not meet the scheduled completion date of early February. The Atlanta Downtown Improvement District is currently considering the approval of a time extension for the contractor the details of which are to be determined.  I will update you with the new completion date as soon as possible, if an extension is granted.

Also please note a change to intended project sequencing.  The contractor has advanced to work on the block of Walton Street between Spring Street and Cone Street BEFORE the completion of Walton Street between Centennial Olympic Park (COP) Drive and Spring Street. Despite the original schedule, work will be completed between Spring and Cone before the COP and Spring block.

Please continue to consult our website for more detailed updates at http://www.atlantadowntown.com/get-around/transportation-improvements/fairlie-poplar-streetscape

Street Renaming Update: Harris Street May Still Go to Full Council Meeting on Tuesday

Posted by adnanews | Transportation | Thursday, January 13, 2011 6:18 pm

This morning, the city council utilities committee effectively killed the legislation to rename Cone Street in exchange for renaming Simpson Street while keeping the renaming of Harris Street in play :-( And, city council may vote on the Harris Street renaming to their full council meeting on Tuesday, 1pm. We need as many of you and your friends to be there and speak!

In the meantime, please make a tax-deductible donation to the Atlanta Preservation Center’s legal fund. Make checks payable to (and write “Street Renaming Defense Fund” in the memo):

Atlanta Preservation Center
327 St. Paul Avenue SE
Atlanta, Georgia 30312-3129

Please continue to call, write, Tweet, etc. ALL of our city council members and the mayor, in case the legislation makes it to his desk. And, ask your friends and neighbors all over the city to do the same:

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