Southface to tackle Atlanta’s transportation woes and our transit-based future development at December’s Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable

Southface Energy Institute's Sustainable Atlanta RoundtableEventually, the voices promoting (and implementing) a more expansive, workable transportation system for Atlanta will drown out those complaining about our traffic problems. This Friday, Lee Biola (President of Citizens for Progressive Transit, an all-volunteer, non-profit focused on a comprehensive transportation plan) and Erik Steavens (Georgia DOT’s Director of Intermodal Programs) will speak at Southface Energy’s monthly Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable (SART). Here is an excerpt from the Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable’s website:

Many governing, advisory and informal bodies are looking at various travel modes, from high-speed trains, to commuter rail and buses, to streetcars – all intended to serve different purposes and various types of movement. Georgia Department of Transportation is undertaking studies for linking Atlanta and Chattanooga with a high-speed passenger rail line and has raised its Office of Intermodal Transportation to Division level.  The Transit Implementation Board has adopted a governing structure to implement its regional transit plan.  Application has been made for stimulus funds to begin the construction of a portion of the Peachtree Streetcar project.  MARTA has recently completed a new overview and drafted guidelines for transit oriented development.  Groups such as Citizens for Progressive Transit have been formed to advocate for regional transit.

What will it take to implement and build support for better transit services and transit oriented development in the region?  Who is on board and who must be won over?  How can transit help shape a more livable and satisfactory future?   Find some answers at the December Roundtable.

Here are the details:

  • What: Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable’s monthly program for December: “Atlanta’s Transit Oriented Future”
  • When: Friday, December 4th, 2009; doors open at 7 a.m. for networking and the program runs from 7:30 – 9 .m.
  • Where: All Saints’ Episcopal Church at 634 West Peachtree, Atlanta
  • How much: $15 for individuals, $10 for students, $20 for individuals receiving AIA CEUs and for all walk-ins; $5 for Southface members with a valid discount code
  • Register online now!

You can also check out a map of combined existing and proposed transportation projects throughout the metro Atlanta area and beyond here on the Citizens for Progressive Transit website!

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