Statement on the Passing of House Speaker David Ralston

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For Immediate Public Notice: November 17, 2022
 

Statement on the Passing of House Speaker David Ralston

From the State Road & Tollway Authority, Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, and the Atlanta-region Transit Link Authority (ATL)

 

ATLANTA –We are deeply saddened to hear of the untimely passing of House Speaker David Ralston. The Boards and teams of the State Road & Tollway Authority, Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, and the Atlanta-region Transit Link Authority (ATL) share in the loss and grief with his wife Sheree, their children, his loved ones, and friends, as well as the Speaker’s Staff and members of the Georgia Legislature.

 

Speaker Ralston was a true advocate for transportation and the citizens of Georgia. His leadership led to the creation of the ATL, and his legacy will endure in the countless ways he influenced and improved public policy in our state.  His steady hand in guiding the General Assembly will be greatly missed. We will continue to keep his immediate family, his District, and his Capitol family in our thoughts and prayers.

 

-Heather Aquino, Interim Executive Director

 

About the State Road and Tollway Authority, Georgia Regional Transportation Authority and Atlanta-region Transit Link Authority

 

The State Road & Transportation Authority (SRTA) is a state-level, independent authority created to operate tolled transportation facilities within Georgia and act as the transportation financing arm for the state. SRTA manages the collection of tolls on Georgia’s Express Lanes System through the use of Peach Pass. SRTA is combined with the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) to jointly provide the services of both state authorities. The GRTA board oversees developments of regional impact, air quality reporting and regional transportation plan approval. The Atlanta-region Transit Link Authority (ATL) provides coordinated transit planning and funding for the metro Atlanta region. The ATL is responsible for developing the ATL Regional Transit Plan, as well as identifying and prioritizing the projects and initiatives required to develop region-wide transit. The ATL also oversees the state’s Xpress regional commuter transit system and the Atlanta region’s vanpool system.

 

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Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL) to Hold Board of Directors Committee Meetings Scheduled for November 3, 2022, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

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For Immediate Public Notice: October 27, 2022
 

Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL) to Hold Board of Directors Committee Meetings Scheduled for November 3, 2022, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

 

ATLANTA – The Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority announces that it will hold its Board Committee Meetings on Thursday, November 3, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. at 245 Peachtree Center Avenue, Marquis One, Suite 2300, Atlanta, GA 30303.

The Xpress Operations Committee Meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m., and each subsequent committee meeting will begin as the previous meeting ends.

To view the Committee agendas and options to watch remotely, visit https://atltransit.ga.gov/the-atl-board/.

Meeting Schedule:

  • Xpress Operations Committee Agenda
  • Administrative Committee Agenda
  • Regional Transit Planning Committee Agenda

 

About the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority

The ATL was created by the Georgia General Assembly during the 2018 legislative session to provide coordinated transit planning and funding for the metro Atlanta region. The ATL is responsible for developing the ATL Regional Transit Plan, as well as identifying and prioritizing the projects and initiatives required to develop region-wide transit. The ATL is also charged with creating a unified regional transit system brand. Effective July 1, 2020, the ATL was legislatively authorized to oversee the state’s Xpress regional commuter transit system and the Atlanta region’s vanpool system. The population of metro Atlanta is growing rapidly and projected to add an additional 2.5 million residents by 2040. The ATL is a critical step towards more efficient and effective transit and mobility in the region. For more information on Xpress and the ATL, visit https://atltransit.wpengine.com/ and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL) to Hold Board of Directors Meeting Scheduled for October 6, 2022, at 8:30 a.m.

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Tiffany L. McCall
Communications and Media Relations Director
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For Immediate Public Notice: September 29, 2022
 

Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL) to Hold 
Board of Directors Meeting Scheduled for October 6, 2022, at 8:30 a.m.

 

ATLANTA – The Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority announces that it will hold its Board Meeting on Thursday, October 6, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. at 245 Peachtree Center Avenue, Marquis One, Suite 2300, Atlanta, GA 30303.

To view the Board agendas and options to connect remotely, visit https://atltransit.ga.gov/the-atl-board/.

 

About the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority

The ATL was created by the Georgia General Assembly during the 2018 legislative session to provide coordinated transit planning and funding for the metro Atlanta region. The ATL is responsible for developing the ATL Regional Transit Plan, as well as identifying and prioritizing the projects and initiatives required to develop region-wide transit. The ATL is also charged with creating a unified regional transit system brand. Effective July 1, 2020, the ATL was legislatively authorized to oversee the state’s Xpress regional commuter transit system and the Atlanta region’s vanpool system. The population of metro Atlanta is growing rapidly and projected to add an additional 2.5 million residents by 2040. The ATL is a critical step towards more efficient and effective transit and mobility in the region. For more information on Xpress and the ATL, visit https://atltransit.wpengine.com/ and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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Governor Kemp, Lt. Governor Duncan, and Speaker Ralston make appointments to the ATL Board

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For Immediate Public Notice: September 16, 2022
 

Governor Kemp, Lt. Governor Duncan, and Speaker Ralston make appointments to the ATL Board

Governor reappoints Charlie Sutlive to serve as Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority Board Chairman

On September 15, 2022, Governor Brian Kemp, Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan, and House Speaker David Ralston announced appointments to the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL) Board. Governor Kemp reappointed Mr. Charlie Sutlive to serve as the Board Chairman, effective immediately. Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan reappointed Mr. Teddy Russell and appointed Mr. Dan Buyers who will fill the seat vacated by Mr. Mark Toro when his term expired on September 14,2022. Both appointments are effective immediately. Speaker Ralston reappointed Ms. Charlotte J. Nash, effective immediately. Mr. Earl Ehrhart, whose term expires January 2023, continues to serve as an appointee of the Speaker.

“As more and more people choose to live in the best state to call home, work, and raise a family, the importance of a reliable, efficient transit system also continues to grow,” said Governor Kemp. “That’s why I’m glad Chairman Sutlive and the rest of the ATL will continue their work on creating a mobility network worthy of a well-connected metro region that is able to meet the challenges and opportunities of its expanding population.”

The ATL was created by the Georgia General Assembly during the 2018 legislative session to provide coordinated transit planning and funding for the metro Atlanta region. The ATL is responsible for developing the ATL Regional Transit Plan, as well as identifying and prioritizing the projects and initiatives required to develop region-wide transit. The ATL is also charged with creating a unified regional transit system brand. Effective July 1, 2020, the ATL was legislatively authorized to oversee the state’s Xpress regional commuter transit system and the Atlanta region’s vanpool system.

“A robust transportation and logistics infrastructure is essential in order to continue to drive economic development, both in the metro Atlanta region and state-wide,” said Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan. “These appointees to the ATL Board are well-equipped to tackle not just the transportation issues of today, but those our state will be faced with in years to come. I have full faith that the ATL Board will continue to leverage Georgia’s strategic assets in order to develop comprehensive strategies to secure our reputation as the best state in which to do business for years to come.”

The ATL is governed by a 16-member Board of Directors, consisting of members elected by state legislators and local government leaders to represent each of the region’s ten ATL Transit Districts, appointed members, and one non-voting member.

“Our cooperative, collaborative approach to transit planning is key to both quality of life and economic development in and around Metropolitan Atlanta going forward,” said Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge). “As more businesses and workers demand access to safe, convenient transit solutions, our investments in this critical infrastructure will reap dividends for generations to come. I applaud the members of the ATL Board on their work thus far and look forward to more success in the future.”

 

Charlie Sutlive, Chairman, Governor Brian Kemp Appointee

Charlie Sutlive is the vice president of corporate communication at Georgia Power. In this role, he is responsible for leading Georgia Power’s overall communication efforts with internal and external stakeholders, including advertising, creative and production services, electronic communications, employee communications, media relations and social media efforts. Prior to joining Georgia Power in 2018 as director of corporate communications, he served as the vice chancellor for communications and governmental affairs for the University System of Georgia (USG) where he led the development and execution of communications, public affairs and economic development plans for USG’s 26 colleges and universities. He has held multiple leadership positions for some of the largest and most recognizable companies in the world, including MCI, which is now part of Verizon Communications, McKesson, and Coca-Cola North America. Sutlive currently serves on the REACH Georgia Foundation board and the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication Alumni Board. He is also a graduate of and previously served on the board for Leadership Georgia. Sutlive earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from the University of Georgia.

 

Teddy Russell, Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan Appointee

Teddy Russell is the owner and CEO of Russell Landscape, a family business which his father, Bill Russell, started in 1987.  He professionally joined Russell Landscape in 2002 shortly after graduating from the University of Georgia, Terry College of Business. Under Teddy’s leadership, Russell Landscape has over 500 employees with ten locations that cover four states.   A hallmark of Teddy’s leadership and the company is the importance of employee and community engagement.  He is also involved in many professional and philanthropic efforts including the PruittCares Foundation, the Gwinnett Boys & Girls Club Board, the Community of NE GA Foundation, the Executive board of Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and is the Chairman for the University System of GA Foundation and National Association of Landscape Professional Foundation.   Teddy and his wife Courtney have three children.

Dan Buyers, Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan Appointee

Dan Buyers joined McWhirter Realty Partners in 1994 and became a Partner in 2016. He specializes in land sales, site selection and office/medical office brokerage. Dan is an active member of the community and the commercial real estate industry, serving on multiple boards including the Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority (Vice-Chair), the Town Center Community Improvement District (Vice Chair), the Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS®, the Cobb Community Foundation, the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, the Council for Quality Growth, and the Wellstar Foundation. Dan earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Real Estate from the University of Georgia.

Charlotte Nash, Speaker David Ralston Appointee

Charlotte J. Nash’s career with Gwinnett County spans almost four decades, first as a staff member and then as Chairman of the Board of Commissioners. She has been active in multiple civic and governmental organizations at the local, regional, and state level. Her roles have included board member for the Atlanta Regional Commission, board chair for the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District, and President of the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG). She currently serves on the board for the ATL, the regional transit authority, as an appointee of Georgia House Speaker David Ralston. She was recognized by Georgia Trend magazine in 2020 as a Georgia Legacy Leader based on lifetime contributions to the State. Charlotte is a lifelong resident of the Dacula/Harbins area of Gwinnett County and holds a BBA from the University of Georgia. She and her husband, Michael, have two children, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

 

About the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority

The ATL was created by the Georgia General Assembly during the 2018 legislative session to provide coordinated transit planning and funding for the metro Atlanta region. The ATL is responsible for developing the ATL Regional Transit Plan, as well as identifying and prioritizing the projects and initiatives required to develop region-wide transit. The ATL is also charged with creating a unified regional transit system brand. Effective July 1, 2020, the ATL was legislatively authorized to oversee the state’s Xpress regional commuter transit system and the Atlanta region’s vanpool system. The population of metro Atlanta is growing rapidly and projected to add an additional 2.5 million residents by 2040. The ATL is a critical step towards more efficient and effective transit and mobility in the region. For more information on Xpress and the ATL, visit https://atltransit.wpengine.com/ and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL) to Hold Board of Directors Committee Meetings Scheduled for September 1, 2022, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

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For Immediate Public Notice: August 26, 2022
 

Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL) to Hold 
Committee Meetings and Specially Called Board of Directors Meeting Scheduled for September 1, 2022

 

ATLANTA – The Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority announces that it will hold its Board Committee Meetings and its Specially Called Board of Directors Meeting on Thursday, September 1, 2022, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at 245 Peachtree Center Avenue, Marquis One, Suite 2300, Atlanta, GA 30303.

The Xpress Operations Committee Meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m., and each subsequent committee meeting will begin as the previous meeting ends.

The Specially Called ATL Board of Directors Meeting will begin at 10 a.m. or immediately following the Regional Transit Planning Committee meeting should that meeting extend beyond 10 am.

To view the Committee and Board agendas and options to connect remotely, visit https://atltransit.wpengine.com/the-atl-board/.

Meeting Schedule:

Xpress Operations Committee

Administrative Committee

Regional Technology Committee

Regional Transit Planning Committee

Specially Called ATL Board of Directors Meeting

 

About the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority

The ATL was created by the Georgia General Assembly during the 2018 legislative session to provide coordinated transit planning and funding for the metro Atlanta region. The ATL is responsible for developing the ATL Regional Transit Plan, as well as identifying and prioritizing the projects and initiatives required to develop region-wide transit. The ATL is also charged with creating a unified regional transit system brand. Effective July 1, 2020, the ATL was legislatively authorized to oversee the state’s Xpress regional commuter transit system and the Atlanta region’s vanpool system. The population of metro Atlanta is growing rapidly and projected to add an additional 2.5 million residents by 2040. The ATL is a critical step towards more efficient and effective transit and mobility in the region. For more information on Xpress and the ATL, visit https://atltransit.wpengine.com/ and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL) to Hold Specially Called Regional Transit Planning Committee Meeting Scheduled for August 19, 2022, beginning at 3 p.m.

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Communications and Media Relations Director
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For Immediate Public Notice: August 11, 2022
Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL) to Hold Specially Called
Regional Transit Planning Committee Meeting Scheduled for August 19, 2022, beginning at 3 p.m.

ATLANTA – The Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority announces that it will hold its Board Meeting on Thursday, August 4, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. at 245 Peachtree Center Avenue, Marquis One, Suite 2300, Atlanta, GA 30303.

To view the Board agenda and options to connect remotely, visit https://atltransit.wpengine.com/the-atl-board/.

 

About the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority

The ATL was created by the Georgia General Assembly during the 2018 legislative session to provide coordinated transit planning and funding for the metro Atlanta region. The ATL is responsible for developing the ATL Regional Transit Plan, as well as identifying and prioritizing the projects and initiatives required to develop region-wide transit. The ATL is also charged with creating a unified regional transit system brand. Effective July 1, 2020, the ATL was legislatively authorized to oversee the state’s Xpress regional commuter transit system and the Atlanta region’s vanpool system. The population of metro Atlanta is growing rapidly and projected to add an additional 2.5 million residents by 2040. The ATL is a critical step towards more efficient and effective transit and mobility in the region. For more information on Xpress and the ATL, visit https://atltransit.wpengine.com/ and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL) to Hold Board of Directors Meeting Scheduled for August 4, 2022, at 8:30 a.m.

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Tiffany L. McCall
Communications and Media Relations Director
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For Immediate Public Notice: July 19, 2022
Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL) to Hold 
Board of Directors Meeting Scheduled for August 4, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. 

ATLANTA – The Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority announces that it will hold its Board Meeting on Thursday, August 4, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. at 245 Peachtree Center Avenue, Marquis One, Suite 2300, Atlanta, GA 30303.

To view the Board agenda and options to connect remotely, visit https://atltransit.wpengine.com/the-atl-board/.

 

 

About the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority

The ATL was created by the Georgia General Assembly during the 2018 legislative session to provide coordinated transit planning and funding for the metro Atlanta region. The ATL is responsible for developing the ATL Regional Transit Plan, as well as identifying and prioritizing the projects and initiatives required to develop region-wide transit. The ATL is also charged with creating a unified regional transit system brand. Effective July 1, 2020, the ATL was legislatively authorized to oversee the state’s Xpress regional commuter transit system and the Atlanta region’s vanpool system. The population of metro Atlanta is growing rapidly and projected to add an additional 2.5 million residents by 2040. The ATL is a critical step towards more efficient and effective transit and mobility in the region. For more information on Xpress and the ATL, visit https://atltransit.wpengine.com/ and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL) Awarded $250,000 from Federal Transit Administration to Fund Efforts to Restore Xpress Ridership

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For Immediate Public Notice: June 7, 2022
Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL) Awarded $250,000 from Federal Transit Administration to Fund Efforts to Restore Xpress Ridership

ATLANTA – The Atlanta-region Transit Link Authority (ATL) is among fifty recipients selected to receive funds from the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) $25 million Route Planning Restoration Program under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The ATL will be awarded $250,000 to fund its efforts to enhance Xpress transit ridership. Like many transit operators in the metropolitan Atlanta region, Xpress saw ridership decline due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding from the FTA’s Route Planning Restoration Program can be used for transit route planning designed to increase ridership, reduce travel times, and make service adjustments to increase the quality or frequency of transit service for low-income riders and disadvantaged neighborhoods or communities.

At the ATL’s June 2nd Xpress Operations Committee meeting, Dr. Jamie Fischer, Director of Transportation Performance, and Innovation reported that during the pandemic, Xpress experienced a dramatic decline in ridership similar to all transit operators in the metro Atlanta region. The ATL has instituted several initiatives aimed at increasing ridership since the pandemic which included enhanced safety measures on Xpress coaches, suspending fares, implementing a contactless mobile payment option, and most recently offering a 50% fare discount incentive from June through July available on its contactless mobile app, Token Transit.

Dr. Fischer advised the Board that while Xpress has seen a clear increase in ridership and the numbers are steadily rising, they are still hovering around 25% of pre-pandemic levels. The grant that the ATL has received is both timely and needed to support the ATL’s efforts in exploring how to further enhance ridership within the Xpress system.

In its application for the Route Planning Restoration Program, the Atlanta-region Transit Link Authority focused on the need to develop a “Return to Ridership” plan for ATL’s Xpress commuter bus service that would focus on growing ridership; assessing new regional travel behaviors and commute patterns; soliciting public input and accounting for the needs of low income, disadvantaged, and environmental justice populations throughout the metro Atlanta region; and coordinating with local and county governments, social service providers, employers, and the Metropolitan Planning Organization.

“We are pleased to receive this award from the FTA which will go a long way in helping us increase our ridership as we continue to provide high quality and efficient transit service throughout the 13-county metropolitan Atlanta region,” said ATL Interim Executive Director, Heather Aquino.

 

About the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority

The ATL was created by the Georgia General Assembly during the 2018 legislative session to provide coordinated transit planning and funding for the metro Atlanta region. The ATL is responsible for developing the ATL Regional Transit Plan, as well as identifying and prioritizing the projects and initiatives required to develop region-wide transit. The ATL is also charged with creating a unified regional transit system brand. Effective July 1, 2020, the ATL was legislatively authorized to oversee the state’s Xpress regional commuter transit system and the Atlanta region’s vanpool system. The population of metro Atlanta is growing rapidly and projected to add an additional 2.5 million residents by 2040. The ATL is a critical step towards more efficient and effective transit and mobility in the region. For more information on Xpress and the ATL, visit https://atltransit.wpengine.com/ and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL) to Hold Specially Called Committee Meetings and Board of Directors Meeting Scheduled for June 2, 2022

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Ericka B. Davis
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Tiffany L. McCall
Communications and Media Relations Director
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For Immediate Public Notice: May 26, 2022

The Specially Called Committee Meetings will begin at 8:30 am and the Board of Directors Meeting will immediately follow at 9:30 am

ATLANTA – The Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority announces that it will hold two specially called Board Committee Meetings and its Board of Directors Meeting on Thursday, June 2, 2022, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at 245 Peachtree Center Avenue, Marquis One, Suite 2300, Atlanta, GA 30303.

The Specially Called Xpress Operations Committee Meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. and upon adjournment will be followed by the Specially Called Administrative Committee meeting.

The ATL Board of Directors Meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. or immediately following the Specially Called Administrative Committee meeting should that meeting extend beyond 9:30 am.

To view the Committee and Board agendas and options to watch remotely, visit https://atltransit.wpengine.com/the-atl-board/.

 

Meeting Schedule:
▪ Specially Called Xpress Operations Committee Meeting (8:30 a.m.)
▪ Administrative Committee Meeting (Upon adjournment of Xpress Operations committee meeting)
▪ Board of Directors Meeting (9:30 a.m. or upon adjournment of Administrative committee meeting if it adjourns after 9:30 a.m.)

 

About the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority

The ATL was created by the Georgia General Assembly during the 2018 legislative session to provide coordinated transit planning and funding for the metro Atlanta region. The ATL is responsible for developing the ATL Regional Transit Plan, as well as identifying and prioritizing the projects and initiatives required to develop region-wide transit. The ATL is also charged with creating a unified regional transit system brand. Effective July 1, 2020, the ATL was legislatively authorized to oversee the state’s Xpress regional commuter transit system and the Atlanta region’s vanpool system. The population of metro Atlanta is growing rapidly and projected to add an additional 2.5 million residents by 2040. The ATL is a critical step towards more efficient and effective transit and mobility in the region. For more information on Xpress and the ATL, visit https://atltransit.wpengine.com/ and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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Media Advisory Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority to Host Official Signing of the I-285 Top End Express Lanes Transit Funding and Collaboration Memorandum of Understanding

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Tiffany L. McCall
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For Immediate Public Notice: May 3, 2022

Media Advisory

Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority to Host Official Signing of the I-285 Top End Express Lanes Transit Funding and Collaboration Memorandum of Understanding  

Officials from Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, the ATL, MARTA, ARC, and GDOT will sign the historic agreement

ATLANTA – The Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL) will host an open-to-the media  signing of the I-285 Top End Express Lanes Transit Funding and Collaboration Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), an effort the ATL has been leading with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett Counties to study and plan for the incorporation of transit service into GDOT’s planned Express Lanes. This agreement represents a historic collaboration of MARTA and non-MARTA counties along with key state and regional agencies to explore next-generation multi-jurisdictional regional transit service that will utilize and leverage the State’s planned expansion of express lanes on I-285.  Incorporation of “Express Lanes Transit” into GDOT’s Top End Express Lanes project has been championed by a coalition of cities and community improvement districts (CIDs) along the I-285 Top End corridor. The I-285 Top End Express Lanes project is expected to greatly reduce congestion in the region for motorists, while also increasing on-time transit performance and accessibility.

The I-285 Top End Transit Initiative is now in its third phase of study with a focus on station planning and coordination with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT). Preliminary station design plans are expected to be completed later this year. This work conducted under this MOU will build upon the earlier studies conducted by the Top End Executives Committee – a coalition of key local stakeholders comprised of the Mayors from the Cities of Brookhaven, Chamblee, Doraville, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Smyrna, and Tucker, along with leaders from Perimeter CIDs, Cumberland CID, Tucker CID, Chamblee Doraville CID and DeKalb County – and formally incorporates leaders from Cobb, Fulton and Gwinnett into the effort.  The results of the work will help set cost estimates and provide information to GDOT for use in its I-285 Top End Express Lanes P3 project discussions.

WHO:  The Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL) and regional transit partners

Signatories:

  • Lisa Cupid, Chairwoman, Cobb County Board of Commissioners
  • Michael Thurmond, CEO, DeKalb County
  • Robb Pitts, Chairman, Fulton County Board of Commissioners
  • Nicole Hendrickson, Chairwoman, Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners
  • Anna Roach, Executive Director, ARC
  • Chris Tomlinson, Executive Director, ATL
  • Russell McMurry, Commissioner, GDOT (unable to attend; represented by Kevin Abel, GDOT Board Member and Chair of GDOT’s P3 Committee)
  • Collie Greenwood, Interim GM & CEO, MARTA

 

WHAT: The Signing of the I-285 Top End Express Lanes Transit Funding and Collaboration Memorandum of Understanding

WHEN: Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

WHERE:   Atlanta Regional Commission, 229 Peachtree Street, Suite 100, Atlanta, GA, 30303 (17th Floor, Emerson Bryan Conference Room)

RSVP: Please RSVP to Tiffany McCall at [email protected] by Friday, May 6, 2022, at 1:00 p.m.

About the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority

The ATL was created by the Georgia General Assembly during the 2018 legislative session to provide coordinated transit planning and funding for the metro Atlanta region. The ATL is responsible for developing the ATL Regional Transit Plan, as well as identifying and prioritizing the projects and initiatives required to develop region-wide transit. The ATL is also charged with creating a unified regional transit system brand. Effective July 1, 2020, the ATL was legislatively authorized to oversee the state’s Xpress regional commuter transit system and the Atlanta region’s vanpool system. The population of metro Atlanta is growing rapidly and projected to add an additional 2.5 million residents by 2040. The ATL is a critical step towards more efficient and effective transit and mobility in the region. For more information on Xpress and the ATL, visit https://atltransit.wpengine.com/ and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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