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Movements in a Roundabout

If North Buckhead gets a roundabout at the intersection of Wieuca and Phipps, what might it look like in operation? Here’s a purely theoretical mockup of how it might look with multiple vehicles in operation.    

Posted in Atlanta, Traffic, Transportation

GDOT responds to Peachtree comments

The Georgia Department of Transportation mailed a rare detailed response letter this week those who participated in its October open house or provided comments by mail or email to its controversial plan to restripe Peachtree Road between Pharr Road and I-85. **** Of the

Posted in Atlanta, Traffic, Transportation, Walkability

History of transportation in Georgia

The Georgia Archives will highlight the role of transportation in the state on April 23 at a daylong symposium. A new exhibit on transportation will open the same day in the exhibit space just off the lobby. A traveling exhibit

Posted in Atlanta, History, Transportation

Design for I-285/Ga 400 interchange

Final design work began Monday on the $800 million reconstruction of the Georgia 400-Interstate 285 interchange, a project expected to take four years beginning with field surveys. via BuckheadViewFinal design begins on i-285/Ga 400 interchange reconstruction – BuckheadView.

Posted in Transportation

6 Facts About Transportation Infrastructure

State and local governments account for the majority of outlays on roads and highways, using both their own money and federally provided funds. Yet, even when adjusting for the total number of miles driven, total spending varies tremendously across states.

Posted in Atlanta, Transportation

Streets are People Places

I have a favorite saying about transportation: “If you plan cities for cars and traffic, you get cars and traffic. If you plan for people and places, you get people and places.” It sounds obvious, but when I make this

Posted in Cities, Planning, Traffic, Transportation

PATH400: Extension to I-285 and beyond

There is a large degree of optimism being expressed by partners in Buckhead’s PATH400 project that discussions presently underway will lead to the multi-use trail being extended north along GA 400 into the Perimeter area neighborhoods north of I-285. via

Posted in Atlanta, Living, Transportation, Walkability

Transit not just for Rush-Hour

America’s mainstream news cycle, with rush-hour traffic updates on the [insert local radio times here], makes it seem like the work commute is the only trip people take in a given day. That’s not even close to the case. The

Posted in Living, Traffic, Transportation

CID Director Talks Growth & Planning

The next time you lament that you are stuck in traffic, consider that, in fact, you are traffic. That is why we need also to be creating viable options for getting around without use of an automobile and encouraging a

Posted in Atlanta, Planning, Traffic, Transportation, Walkability

Sandy Springs studies new interchange on I-285

Sandy Springs city officials plan to finance a study to determine whether a new interchange is needed on I-285 to handle commuter traffic and cars headed to and from the planned Braves stadium in Cobb County. via Sandy Springs officials

Posted in Atlanta, Transportation

Philadelphia a Great Bicycle City

If you were to name the big American city with the highest rate of commuter cycling, Philadelphia might not be the first place that would come to mind. But Philly is, in fact, the U.S. city with more a million

Posted in Cities, Living, Planning, Transportation, Uncategorized

Are Atlanta streets are too narrow for streetcars?

Atlanta’s “response” to people arguing that streets are too narrow for streetcars via Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Atlanta’s “response” to people arguing that streets are too narrow for streetcars.

Posted in Atlanta, Traffic, Transportation

Why Is America Dotted with Giant, Concrete Arrows?

Back in the 1920s, a pilot lost on a dark, thunderous night couldn’t depend on GPS to save his bacon. But there was something almost as good: giant, cartoon-style arrows, stretching in an illuminated path on the ground from New

Posted in Transportation

It’s only relatively recently in the United…

“It’s only relatively recently in the United States, that all of our streets’ historic purposes—commerce, socializing, playing—were subsumed by one activity: driving.” — Why Can’t We Party in the Street? | Angie Schmitt, GOOD Magazine The linked article offers a

Posted in Cities, Transportation, Walkability

The Invention of America’s ‘Love Affair’ With the Automobile -

One historian calls [the phrase America's love affair with the automobile'] a “masterstroke of public relations” made possible by a single 1961 television special. via The Invention of America’s ‘Love Affair’ With the Automobile – CityLab.

Posted in Cities, Transportation, Walkability

The Real Reason U.S. Gas Is So Cheap Is Americans Don’t Pay the True Cost of Driving – CityLab

…any gas tax that fully corrected for the social costs of car reliance would upend life as Americans know it. via The Real Reason U.S. Gas Is So Cheap Is Americans Don’t Pay the True Cost of Driving – CityLab.

Posted in Cities, Transportation

Decatur Metro – Check Out This Great Atlanta Streetcar Map

Tucked at the bottom of Maria Saporta’s recent report from the launch of the Atlanta Streetcar, there’s this great map of the Atlanta Streetcar system from the 1940s that you’ve gotta see. CLICK HERE for the high-res version of the map, so you

Posted in Atlanta, History, Transportation

March vote on infrastructure bonds

The Atlanta City Council is expected to approve Monday legislation authorizing a citywide referendum in March on a $250 million infrastructure bond issue, with a proposed project list that Buckhead council members believe is fairer now for the community than

Posted in Atlanta, Transportation

Walking the #1 bus route in Atlanta

About three miles into it we realized that, outside of a few people near the MARTA station where we started, we hadn’t passed a single pedestrian, only a group of people standing around waiting for a Veteran’s Day parade later

Posted in Atlanta, Planning, Transportation, Walkability

The Death and Life of the 13-Month Calendar

Momentum behind the International Fixed Calendar, a 13-month calendar with 28 days in each month and a leftover day at the end of each year (it also followed the Gregorian rules with regards to Leap Years), was never stronger than

Posted in Transportation