Transit is a critical part of metro Atlanta’s transportation network and is playing an increasingly important role in attracting economic development. Expanded transit options, including bus and rail, are needed to improve mobility in metro Atlanta and help ensure that the region remains economically competitive with a high quality of life.
The Atlanta Region’s Plan details the investments, programs, and strategies needed to create a truly regional transit network that provides better access to jobs and essential services while reducing congestion and improving air quality.
And new opportunities for transit expansion in the region are now available with the establishment of the Atlanta-region Transit Authority, which is charged with planning and coordinating existing and future transit service for a 13-county area.
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 five-point plan for improving mobility in metro Atlanta:
- A network of Express toll lanes
- Expanded transit options
- Road and interchange improvements
- Increased bike-ped options
- Alternative commuting options like carpooling and teleworking.
The Atlanta region is moving forward on all of these fronts. Indeed, billions of dollars are being invested over the next few years to improve metro Atlanta’s transportation network.