Six Flags Livable Centers Initiative
Cobb County Department of Transportation prepared the Six Flags Livable Centers Initiative Study for the Six Flags activity center to further efforts made through previous plans. It also presents the community with implementable enhancement projects and policies. The LCI study developed a master plan for multi-modal transportation options, a mix of land uses supported by an economic analysis and an implementable five-year program. The LCI Study recommended bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure improvements, increased access to public transit and delivery of efficient freight movement. In addition, the study provided guidance for developing programs and incentives that promote sustainable development while meeting the needs of current and future residents, employees and visitors.
Connect Cobb Northwest Atlanta Corridor Environmental Assessment
In association with the Federal Transit Authority, Cobb County DOT initiated the Environmental Assessment associated with the Northwest Atlanta Corridor Alternatives Analysis study of the U.S. Highway 41/Interstate 75 corridor. The environmental assessment will fully integrate environmental work required by the National Environmental Policy Act process and other federal laws and regulations in coordination with the AA study. The environmental assessment will identify and document anticipated environmental effects associated with the potential high capacity transit investment. The 18-month study will include multiple rounds of public involvement.
Countywide Comprehensive Transportation Plan Update
Cobb County DOT initiated the five-year update of the Countywide Comprehensive Transportation Plan along with the cities of Acworth, Austell, Kennesaw, Marietta, Powder Springs and Smyrna. This will update the 2008 CTP. The department began contract negotiations with the highest-rated firm, following a competitive bid process, in December 2012 and will kick off the 18-month planning process in early 2013. It will inventory and assess the local transportation network’s adequacy for serving current and future population and economic needs, update community goals and develop an implementation program for providing the desired level of transportation facilities and services throughout the planning period.
Connect Cobb Northwest Atlanta Corridor Alternatives Analysis Study
Cobb County DOT led and completed the Northwest Atlanta Corridor Alternatives Analysis. It studied transit needs and improvement alternatives, evaluated the feasibility for high capacity transit along the corridor and developed a locally preferred alternative. The selected LPA combines new Bus Rapid Transit and enhanced Express Bus service that roughly follows the US 41/I-75 corridor between northern Cobb County and the MARTA Arts Center Station in Midtown. This alignment links MARTA’s regional transit network with key Cobb County destinations, including activity centers at Cumberland and Town Center, Kennesaw State University, Southern Polytechnic State University, large shopping centers and Dobbins Air Reserve Base. Completion of the study in December 2012 cleared the way for the next phase in the planning process: preparation of an Environmental Assessment.
Cobb Community Transit
Cobb Community Transit opened the new CCT paratransit facility located next to its multi-use transit center in April 2013. The facility accommodates CCT paratransit operations that include reservations, certifications, scheduling and dispatch. Cobb Senior Services occupies space in the facility and operates the Senior Services Transportation Program. The Mobility/Cobb Freedom Voucher Programs also operate from the facility to provide Cobb County’s senior citizens and individuals with disabilities the ability to access transportation services beyond what is currently available through CCT and CSS.
The facility has a learning center to conduct travel-training programs such as “Get on the Bus Gus.” This program is designed to provide training for seniors and individuals with disabilities to help them become confident bus riders and to encourage them to transition from paratransit service to the less costly and fixed route service.
Automatic Vehicle Location Systems were installed on all CCT fixed route and paratransit buses. AVLS calculates the real-time location of any bus equipped with a Global Positioning Satellite receiver that transmits the data immediately to the CCT Multi-Use Transit Center through radio or cellular communications. This data can be used to improve service delivery and reliability, verify data for daily operations or it can be archived for further analysis. CCT was able to implement “Go CCT” which utilizes real-time location data to provide customers with real-time information on arrival, departure and location of the buses.
In 2013 the Cobb County Airport-McCollum Field received federal and state grant funding for the extension of parallel taxiways A and B to the western end of the runway. The taxiway extensions will improve runway safety and increase aircraft capacity. Design was completed for the new Air Traffic Control Tower, a $2.5 million project to be funded with a 50 percent federal grant. Construction will begin in 2014. A customs facility was designed with construction to begin in 2014. The customs facility will allow international arrivals to come directly to the airport from foreign destinations to clear customs inspections.
Cobb County DOT activated the county’s first flashing yellow arrow operation at the intersection of the East-West Connector at Cooper Lake Road. This new operation has documented safety benefits without significantly reducing the efficiency of the intersection.
Cobb County DOT completed the upgrade of the Traffic Management Center software used to share information with the Georgia Department of Transportation. The software package, Nav II, is used daily in the Cobb TMC to view and control closed-circuit television cameras, control changeable message signs and share information with the region.
Cobb County DOT completed the upgrade of the Traffic Management Center that added work station consoles for the center to ensure adequate space is available for both staff and partner agencies during major weather or other events. The project also included additional equipment, hardware and software for installation of monitors within the Department of Transportation. The monitors will increase efficiency by allowing staff to collaboratively view operations and rapidly interact with the center, the county network and select regional networks.
The Cobb DOT Utilities section issued 1,629 permits to public and private entities for utility work within the right-of-way with an average turn-around of three days. The telecommunication permits generated fees totaling approximately $196,153. Through the permit review and inspection process, Cobb employees provide a valuable service in monitoring work that affects the county. The utilities section initiated an electronic permitting process where applicants can apply and receive approved permits on line through the DOT Web site. This system is now active and training has begun for applicants. It is anticipated that all utility permits will be approved and received electronically by the end of fiscal year 2014.