Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) Southern Fulton Comprehensive Transportation Plan (SFCTP) Update, February 2019 – July 2020.
As the prime consultant, Modern Mobility Partners is leading the development of the Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) for Southern Fulton County which covers eight municipalities, including the Cities of Chattahoochee Hills, College Park, East Point, Fairburn, Hapeville, Palmetto, South Fulton, and Union City, as well as unincorporated Fulton County. Project recommendations from the Southern Fulton CTP will be incorporated into the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) for the Atlanta region. As home to the world’s busiest airport (Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport), service as a major freight hub for the southeast; and lower-income residents in need of economic and workforce development opportunities and improved access to transit, Southern Fulton County has unique transportation challenges with competing priorities. Included in this effort is the following:
- Development of the vision, goals, objectives and project prioritization framework; inventory of existing conditions; development of a corridor framework that tailors the transportation projects with the intended use and vision for the corridor; needs assessment; station area planning for existing and potential new transit stations; identification and evaluation of transportation projects; development of a fiscally-constrained project list and aspirations list.
- The inventory and needs assessment includes an analysis of the state of good repair; roadways; transit; bikes and pedestrians; freight and goods movement; human services transportation; transportation demand management programs; intelligent transportation systems and technology; asset management, resiliency and emergency preparedness planning; and a system performance monitoring and reporting program.
- Utilizing the Atlanta MPO’s activity-based model, Modern Mobility Partners is leading all travel demand modeling, including developing future year forecasts for multiple scenarios as well as the fiscally constrained project list, as well as development and application of a script to output performance metrics by city to demonstrate the benefits of projects in one jurisdiction on another.
- Modern Mobility Partners is considering new and emerging technologies every step of the way, specifically:
- Development of the vision, goals and objectives that incorporates the changing transportation landscape and is forward-thinking.
- Existing inventory and needs assessment, including traffic signal inventory, where Max Time local signal software has been installed and linked back to the Max Time Connected Vehicle (CV) central software, where 4GLTE and/or Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) routers have been installed, and fiber locations.
- Identification of technology projects, including those that can leverage existing telecommunication options, to include evaluation of connected vehicle applications, such as signal priority for transit and or trucks, signal pre-emption for emergency vehicles, curbside occupancy sensors, pedestrian and bus stop warning systems, pedestrian hybrid beacons, solar bus shelters, etc.
- Incorporation of new and emerging technology projects into the project prioritization framework by establishing metrics that also address these types of projects within the Project Readiness, Safety, System Preservation, Regional Impact, and Economic Benefits categories.
- Development of a strategic smart corridor screening approach that proactively identifies corridors ripe for smart corridor technologies, such as those that already include telecommunications infrastructure and have some combination of bus routes, high truck volumes, congestion, high crash rates, and/or are in close proximity to hospitals, fire stations, police stations, and/or schools.
- Developing a funding strategy that identifies federal grants related to new and emerging technologies and which projects would be most competitive, such as the USDOT Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment Program and the USDOT Automated Driving System (ADS) Demonstration Grants, among others.
- Throughout the process, the Modern Mobility Partners team is conducting a robust digital and in-person engagement process. The outreach efforts include a project website, project social media channels, and online survey, as well as a Project Management Team, Stakeholder Committee, Mayors Charrette, City Council meetings, bus tour, public meetings, and roving outreach. Furthermore, Modern Mobility Partners will be dynamically refining the target areas based on geocoded social media participation to determine which areas need additional reach.