Atlanta — Jun 08, 2022
The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) Board approved an amendment to the region’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) that allocates $45 million in funding from the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).
The Transportation Improvement Program allocates federal and state funding for transportation projects across the region and is updated several times throughout the year, as projects change or new funding becomes available.
Projects in this update include:
Electric Buses and EV Charging Stations – Regional Pilot Program
- A regional pilot program enabling local transit agencies to purchase electric buses and install EV charging stations
- Federal funds: $11.9 million
Clayton County Transit Center Upgrades
- Upgrades to Clayton County’s main transit center in Jonesboro, including covered waiting areas and restrooms
- Federal funds: $9.6 million
CobbLinc Accessibility Improvements
- System-wide upgrades to the CobbLinc transit system to improve safety and accessibility by prioritizing infrastructure like curb cuts and crosswalks
- Federal funds: $11.5 million
Compressed Natural Gas for MARTA’s Fleet
- Purchase of 22 compressed natural gas buses for MARTA
- Federal funds: $12.1 million
The total cost of the projects is $58 million, including required local matching funds.
“These projects will offer better transportation options across the Atlanta region and foster greater equality and sustainability,” said Anna Roach, Executive Director of ARC. “It’s important to note this is just a small taste of what’s headed to metro Atlanta from the $1.2 trillion federal infrastructure law. It’s a historic opportunity to invest in metro Atlanta and build a better future for all residents.”
The project list was developed in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Transportation and local transportation agencies to include time-sensitive projects for which funding could be authorized by the end of the state fiscal year on June 30, 2022.
The electric bus pilot project utilizes newly available federal funds available through the infrastructure law’s Carbon Reduction Program. The other projects were already in the region’s funding pipeline and were able to be accelerated because of the additional funding provided by the infrastructure law.
The TIP update also includes several projects from Georgia DOT:
Roadway Capacity Expansion in Barrow and Henry Counties
- Planning for two future road projects: one in Henry County and one in Barrow County
- Federal Funds: $640,000
Bridge Upgrades in Barrow, Dawson, and Walton Counties
State Road 6 Truck-Friendly Lanes in Cobb & Douglas Counties
- Allocates funding for the safe movement of truck traffic along the SR 6 corridor
Intersection Improvements at State Road 92 and South Fulton Parkway
- Improves safety by reducing left turn conflicts at the busy intersection in the City of South Fulton
Additional details are available at atlantaregional.org/amendment.
The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is the official planning agency for the 11-county Atlanta Region, including Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties as well as the City of Atlanta and 74 other cities. The Atlanta Regional Commission serves as a catalyst for regional progress by focusing leadership, attention and planning resources on key regional issues
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