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Rockdale residents are set to receive $250,000 in federal grants distributed by the Atlanta Regional Commission for the Sigman Road portion of Rockdale's growing PATH trail network.
The federal Transportation Alternatives Program aim to make transportation options safer and more appealing. According to guidelines, TAP spending should be committed to providing “safe routes for non-motorized travel.” The Atlanta Regional Commission and the region’s local governments decided that the region’s $14.36 million of TAP funding should focus on advancing greenway trail segments, walking and cycling improvements within activity centers and promoting safe routes to schools and transit stations.
“Currently, all or parts of some 20,000 metro Atlanta commutes are made on bicycles each week, plus many more on foot and transit,” said John Orr, Manager of ARC’s Transportation Access & Mobility Division. “And in today’s world of increasing congestion and decreasing funding, biking and walking are viable modes of transportation in places where they are safe and convenient.”
In addition to transportation access and safety, much of the TAP funding will be spent to lay a foundation for greenway trail connections throughout the region and to help develop a regional network that eventually reaches from Alabama to Covington and from Cumming to Senoia. Special attention is being paid to projects that are located in key locations and are critical for bike and pedestrian safety. Projects to be funded through the TAP include:
City of Atlanta Pedestrian Accessibility Project; City of Atlanta; $5,880,000
Stone Mountain-Lithonia Road Bicycle and Pedestrian; DeKalb County; $1,750,000
Atlanta Beltline Trail from Glenwood Avenue to Allen Avenue; City of Atlanta; $719,000
Bob Callan Trail Phase II, US 41 Trail and Trailhead; Cobb County; $620,000
Western Gwinnett Bikeway Extension; Gwinnett County; $900,000
Sigman Road Multi-Use Trail; Rockdale County; $250,000
CHC Regional Greenway Trail - Douglas County Extension from Boundary Waters Park to Sweetwater Creek State Park; Douglas County; $1,300,000
Dallas Battlefield Trail, Phase 2; City of Dallas; $200,000
Perimeter Commuter Trail System Study; Perimeter Center CIDs; $400,000
Georgetown Area Multimodal Project; City of Dunwoody; $200,000
Path Forward Program; Fayette County; $841,000
Norcross to Lilburn Multiuse Trail; Gwinnett County; $300,000
Rottenwood Creek Trail Phase 2; City of Marietta; $200,000
Town Center / Noonday Creek Trail / KSU Bike-Ped Connector; Cobb County; $200,000
Barnwell Road Multi-Use Trail; City of Johns Creek; $200,000
Global Gateway Connector Project; City of College Park; $200,000
Bethany, Cogburn, Windward Connection; City of Milton; $200,000
The TAP is a continuation and combination of the former Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School and Recreational Trail programs under previous federal funding bills. A more detailed list of projects is available here.
The Atlanta Regional Commission is the official planning agency for the 10-county Atlanta Region, including Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties as well as the City of Atlanta and 68 other cities.