The Atlanta Regional Commission’s (ARC) has announced an update to its 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) after a meeting yesterday. Many of the improvements around the region will be implemented within the next five years in the 18-county region with a price tag of $59 billion.

The RTP  must now be approved by the board of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority before going to the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration for approval.

Some of the Intown-specific projects include $15.2 million for operations for the Atlanta Streetcar;  $11.4 million to reduce MARTA rail wait times from 15 minutes to 10 minutes during morning and afternoon rush hours; and $8.7 million for pedestrian/bicycle facilities and upgrades along Juniper Street and Ponce De Leon Avenue in the city.

Much of the plan focuses on cars and highways – including plans to install diverging diamonds to eliminate bottlenecks transitioning on and off the interstates – rather than any new public transportation.

To see a complete list of projects planned, visit www.atlantaregional.com/rtpupdate.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.