Hearing Held on Transportation Study

The county commissioners meet at 9 a.m. on the second floor of the government complex at 100 Cherokee Street.

Residents will get to weigh in Tuesday on plans for a mass transportation study that could improve traffic along the I-75 and U.S. 41 corridors.

A public hearing will be held prior to hiring a consultant to provide an environmental impact statement for the Northwest Atlanta Corridor Alternatives Analysis Study.

The will meet at 9 a.m. on the second floor of the government complex at 100 Cherokee Street in .

Development of an environmental impact statement will provide a detailed description of the proposal, purpose and need, reasonable alternatives and the affected environment.

The massive region-wide project, estimated to take 18 to 24 months to complete, will involve dozens of private companies and beneficiaries as well as millions of tax dollars.

Potential benefits of a regional mass transit system include congestion relief on major interstates, particularly I-75, as well as a potential for job growth in accordance with the labor needs.

The alternatives analysis is being funded by a $1.36 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration. Cobb County was one of 21 applicant counties selected from a list of 70 to receive a grant for research.

Beneficiaries of the project include Cobb County, , the Town Center community improvement district and MARTA, among others.

An additional public hearing Tuesday will take place on hiring consultants for engineering services related to transportation projects funded by the 2011 SPLOST.


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