Aerotropolis Atlanta Community Improvement Districts (CIDs), Virginia Avenue Smart Corridor Study, January 2019 – September 2019. As the prime consultant, MMP is examining options for technology elements to improve safety, walkability and mobility along the Virginia Avenue corridor from US 29/Main Street on the west end to South Central Avenue on the east end. The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) grant to the AACIDs to undertake this innovative effort. The Virginia Avenue 2-mile corridor traverses three municipalities, including the Cities of College Park, East Point, and Hapeville in southern Fulton County, and is adjacent to the world’s busiest and most efficient airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Highlights of the study include:
- In addition to stakeholder engagement that includes the municipalities, MARTA, and GDOT, both a digital and in-person public involvement effort was customized based on ESRI Tapestry data.
- To allow for an accurate needs assessment and to develop a set of sound infrastructure, operational and policy-related recommendations, MMP collected and analyzed existing conditions and needs assessment along the corridor that pertain to facilitating smart transportation systems, including, but not limited to traffic counts; travel demand forecasts from the travel demand model; safety (crash and crime data); traffic and pedestrian signals; transit services, facilities and bus stops; freight delivery needs; street lighting and amenities; parking zones and facilities; wayfinding; fiber and wireless network connectivity; condition and capacity of electric grid and other relevant utilities; existing and planned transportation services offered along the corridor; and public Wi-Fi service.
- MMP completed a best practice report of emerging technologies and examples of where they’ve been implemented to refine a menu of strategies for consideration. Technologies include, but are not limited to, transit signal priority, emergency vehicle signal preemption, CV-based adaptive signal control technologies, transit-pedestrian warning system, bike signal detection, rectangular rapid flash beacons and/or pedestrian hybrid beacons with automated options for activation, smart street lighting, EV charging stations, smart dots in street centerlines, autonomous shuttles, solar bus shelters, digital wayfinding kiosks/AI Conversation Agent, solar USB charging benches, curbside occupancy sensors, parking availability apps, smart parking meters, automated parking systems,cameras/license plate readers, automated traffic monitoring/object detection, and public Wi-Fi.
- Building on the needs assessment and the menu of strategies, MMP is developing a set of site-specific and corridor-wide technology recommendations that will facilitate the current and future development of a smart and highly integrated, multi-modal urban transportation corridor. MMP will conduct a high-level benefit-cost analysis for each of the projects, including estimated costs of implementation, effectiveness towards achieving project goals, and potential returns on investment.
- MMP has refined the AACIDs’project prioritization framework to reflect project feedback and the types of projects being evaluated, as well as implementation and project readiness considerations, such as telecommunication requirements (DSRC v. cellular), GDOT permitting requirements, and MUTCD compliance. The final report will include a 100-day action plan, as well as potential funding sources for project recommendations.
Due to early coordination with GDOT along the corridor as part of this study, MMP was able to leverage GDOT to install Max Time local signal software, MaxView CV central software, and 4G routers at GDOT’s cost at all ten signals along the corridor, regardless of who owned them, as well as throughout the entirety of the Cities of College Park, East Point, and Hapeville, most if not all of which is scheduled for completion prior to the end of the smart corridor study! This will bring the outdated signals up to the state of the practice and will enable them with the foundation necessary to add on connected vehicle applications.