Commute News from Around the Region
Metro Atlanta has been buzzing with transportation initiatives over the past few months. Check out these highlights — and scroll down to learn how your transportation choices can put money in your pocket!
House Transportation Bill
On March 31, Georgia lawmakers passed a new transportation funding bill — HB 170 — that gives $900 million a year to transportation infrastructure across the state and opens the door to more public transit funding in our region.
MARTA wins big in Clayton County
On March 21, MARTA buses officially began rolling in Clayton County after the landmark vote in November 2014 to approve a very long-awaited MARTA expansion. This historic move makes Clayton the first county to welcome MARTA since 1971 and includes future plans to fund rail stops as well as bus routes.
Georgia Express Lanes: Get in. Get going.
In the fall of 2014, the Georgia Department of Transportation hosted two groundbreaking events: the beginning of construction for the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes north of Atlanta in Cobb and Cherokee Counties and the I-75 South Metro Express Lanes south of Atlanta in Henry County. When these approximately 42 miles of lanes open to the public, transit riders and vanpools will be able to access the lanes toll-free — great news for clean commuters! Click here to learn more about these projects.
Alternative transportation makes headway in Atlanta
Two novelties are now on their way to being fixtures in Atlanta: streetcars and bike shares. Anyone who’s spent time downtown by now has seen the big blue Atlanta Streetcar making its 3-mile loop. And by the end of 2015, Atlantans will also be able to take part in a brand-new city bike share thanks to a contract signed in March by Mayor Kasim Reed. This bike share is set to bring 500 bicycles and 50 rental stations in 2015, so get ready for more cyclists, Atlanta! Click here to learn more about this exciting new bike sharing initiative.
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