The Atlanta region was born as a transportation hub and remains a logistics center, boasting the nation’s ninth-largest public transit system, the convergence of three major Interstate highways, and the world’s busiest airport. Developing this robust infrastructure took proactive planning and investment.
The challenge of maintaining and expanding our region’s transportation systems is greater than ever. The Atlanta Region’s Plan includes an investment of about $173 billion in federal, state and local funds to improve our region’s transportation infrastructure, providing new choices for residents and keeping our economy competitive.
The Atlanta Region’s Plan acknowledges we can’t build our way out of congestion. No region can. In many ways, congestion is a byproduct of a healthy economy.
But that doesn’t mean things can’t improve. A balanced approach can make a real difference. The Atlanta Region’s Plan presents a seven-point plan for improving mobility in metro Atlanta:
- Reducing demand on the transportation system through alternative commuting options such as carpooling and teleworking (page 71)
- Supporting growth and development programs such as the Livable Centers Initiative and transit oriented development (page 77)
- Expanding walking and bicycling options (page 81)
- Improving safety for all travelers (page 86)
- Undertaking strategic road and interchange improvements, including expansion of the express lane network (page 90)
- Designing projects to support freight movement (page 98)
- Increasing transit options (page 101)