Georgia: Build Better Neighborhoods, Not Bigger Highways
  • Petitioned Georgia Department of Transportation

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Georgia Department of Transportation
Georgia Governor

Georgia: Build Better Neighborhoods, Not Bigger Highways

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      ATL Urbanist

The project to rebuild and add lanes to Ga. 400/I-285 will last three years, cost an estimated $950 million and will be the most expensive road project in state history. The worst part: we'll be building something that we don't need to build.

Studies show that adding new lanes on congested roads will create induced demand over time, so that a very short-term amount of relief ends up being another avenue for congestion.

We cannot solve our transportation problems by adding more lanes to highways. Trying to cure traffic congestion by adding more capacity is like trying to cure obesity by loosening your belt. Metro Atlanta is obese with car-centric development and needs to trim down with alternatives to sprawl and car dependency -- ones that build stronger neighborhoods that are not as dependent on cars for commuting.

Primary needs: pedestrian infrastructure & mobility for an aging population
Georgia is a state that has a pedestrian death rate 25% higher than the national average. We need to fund safe pedestrian infrastructure before we make expensive attempts to "ease commutes" for interstate drivers.

Metro Atlanta has an aging population with growing mobility needs. A recent study projected that 90 percent of seniors would have poor access to transit by 2015. We are in dire need of solutions for this problem and money to fund them.

There are more efficient ways to spend this money
We can't afford to spend this much money on a single interchange given these other pressing concerns, particularly not in a state that is unwilling to raise the gas tax or to institute a VMT tax in order to build revenue for transportation projects.

Congestion relief efforts should be focused more efficiently and should involve steps that strengthen communities in a sustainable way: encouraging less car use, promoting affordable housing near job centers, and growth in use of (and infrastructure for) transportation alternatives such as bicycling and transit.

Let's send state leaders the message. The mobility needs of all Metro Atlantans can be served more sustainably and efficiently by building better neighborhoods, not bigger highways.

To:
Georgia Department of Transportation
Georgia Governor
The estimated $950 million we'll spend on the 400/I-285 interchange rebuild could be better spent, particularly in a state and metro with pressing pedestrian-safety and senior-mobility needs. The mobility needs of Metro Atlantans can be served more sustainably and efficiently by building better neighborhoods, not bigger highways.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Silas Rogers MCDONOUGH, GA
      • 3 months ago

      I've been living in the Atlanta area since college (6 years) and more lanes just mean more traffic.

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    • James Pair III ATLANTA, GA
      • 3 months ago

      I'm 4th generation Atlantan. IV esteem great change thru the years. Adding bike lanes all over town is exactly what we need . For a healthy environment . For a healthy Atlantan and its a great exams for our young . We need to be the example to all other cities and our children. STOP AND CARE,Atlanta ! Be safe and be heard!

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    • Kate Harris TUCKER, GA
      • 3 months ago

      Because I live in metro Atlanta and I know how much we need walkable neighborhoods, not more highways.

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    • RoseMary Wells ATLANTA, GA
      • 3 months ago

      I have lived in intown Atlanta for 42 years. Neighborhoods, not highways, are the right answer.

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    • Stuart Jackson ATLANTA, GA
      • 4 months ago

      The state spends so much money trying to get retirees to move to Florida instead of Georgia. If all of the cities and towns in Georgia were more walkable, we could get those retirees. When I retire, I want to stay in an Atlanta that has everything within walking distance!

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