CONGRATULATIONS TO MAYOR-ELECT ANDRE DICKENS!

TRANSPORTATION

My vision has been to not just to get people where they are going each day, but get them where they are going in life. The issue of transportation is top of mind for most Atlantans, and I am committed to improving the city’s transportation infrastructure and connectivity. 


MY PLAN:

I have the transportation expertise, proven track record and integrity to address Atlanta’s traffic and transportation problems and ensure that the millions of federal transportation dollars coming to the city are allocated efficiently and equitably.  As a council member, I created the Department of Transportation to not only bring expertise to transportation planning, but to streamline the procurement process as well.  One of the major sources of our traffic and transportation project backlog is the corruption that plagued the procurement process during the prior administration.  I will bring an engineer’s systematic and strategic approach to these issues and ensure that the procurement process is open and transparent so that city projects can be implemented with confidence and efficiency.  

Implement Project Delivery Excellence with Honesty, Integrity, and Transparency 

  • Overcome the corruption in contracting leftover from 2017.
  • Deliver on projects – including Complete Streets, Sidewalks/Streetscapes, Resurfacing and Street Capacity Improvements – that were promised in the TSPLOST.
  • Create an easy-to-understand dashboard for federally-funded and locally-funded projects.
  • Streamline procurement to remove roadblocks so that Atlanta’s crumbling infrastructure can be fixed quickly.  Current 15-month long procurement process for purchasing goods and services caused by corruption in the previous administration must be addressed immediately.   
  • Resolve project backlog:
    • All budgeted, resourced projects will be started and completed by strengthening and fully resourcing the ATLDOT that I created – now in its second year of operation.
    • Build bike infrastructure from Cycle Atlanta 1.0 (2013) and 2.0 (2017) and re-engage the community on bike infrastructure.

Focus on and Fast-track Small, Impactful Projects

  • Revive the Pothole Posse famously and effectively implemented under Mayor Shirley Franklin.
  • Prioritize sidewalks within ½ mile of schools and senior facilities.
  • Quickly address safety and traffic calming measures like speed humps and 4-way stops, pedestrian beacons, and ADA ramps.
  • Maintain the existing network of Lite Individual Transit (LIT) lanes (a/k/a bike lanes) with regular sweeping and overgrowth trimming.

BeltLine Rail & Campbellton Road Transit 

  • Leverage the federal infrastructure package to complete BeltLine rail and Campbellton Road transit by 2030.
  • Ensure trail infrastructure does not preclude rail. 

Vision Zero Strategy & Implementation 

  • Complete the rollout of Vision Zero that I helped to adopt by reducing speed limits and installing traffic calming devices and streetlights across the entire city.
  • Adopt a “safe systems” design program where crashes are not deadly because street design prevents cars from speeding as easily.
  • Work with GA Dept of Transportation to implement safety projects on state routes and set clear safety priorities for state routes inside city limits.
  • Use signal timing to give people walking priority and create safer crossings to schools.

Free MARTA For All By 2030

Free MARTA will have the biggest impact on equity in the city and is a tool to combat climate change.  

  • Implement a phased approach by providing students, seniors, disabled persons and city employees with subsidies first followed by free MARTA access.  
  • Research best practices of existing free transit cities (Kansas City, Olympia, and Boston that’s soon to come).
  • Analyze data from MARTA’s free bus programs during the pandemic.
  • Create a parking tax that will be create a new large, recurring revenue stream.
  • Replace Atlanta appointees to the MARTA board with transit riders and/or experts.

Drive the growth of more Equitable Transit-Oriented Development

Lead transit-oriented development planning and increase density for all rail stations and high-capacity transit. 

  • Revise zoning or development codes to require an affordable housing component and reduced parking near transit.

MY ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

I have shown through my city council efforts that I am the right leader to address Atlanta’s traffic and transportation issues:

  • In 2019, created legislation to formally establish a city-wide Atlanta Department of Transportation (ADOT) to oversee all transportation related activities, planning, and management within the city. This new department has brought increased efficiency and effectiveness to all transportation efforts within the city.
  • Chairs the Transportation Committee, focusing on increasing access and equity in transportation.
  • Co-authored a resolution authorizing the City to coordinate MARTA tax and TSPLOST transportation project lists and plans.
  • Authored a resolution to preserve the connectivity to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive after construction of Mercedes Benz Stadium.
  • Passed legislation after the 2014 snowstorms to involve Georgia Tech in efforts to review the City’s preparedness plan for natural disasters.
  • Supported the Renew Atlanta Bond that has led to numerous street repaving and signal light improvements
  • Organized “One Corridor,” a town hall series led by community leaders, six adjourning neighborhood planning units, and churches along the Donald Lee Hollowell corridor. These town halls brought together the community, MARTA, GDOT, ADOT, Atlanta Police Department, Georgia State Patrol, City Planning, and State Representatives together in one room.