Every four years, the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) conducts a review of the Atlanta region’s transportation planning process. This certification review consists of four primary activities:
- advance review of planning documents
- a site visit to meet directly with staff and policy leaders
- a report
- a closeout presentation to share findings
The review focuses on compliance with federal regulations and is an opportunity to identify challenges, successes and experiences of the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the Georgia Department of Transportation, MARTA, and other key planning and implementation agencies. As the MPO for a 20-county region, ARC is the agency ultimately responsible for ensuring a successful outcome to the certification review process. As part of the process, the public is also invited to share their comments.
ARC’s process was most recently certified as meeting all federal MPO planning requirements on October 1, 2019. Key documents are provided below explaining the review process, the range of topics covered, and the findings.