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County to Spend $1.1 Million to Study Transportation Alternatives

Eighteen month long study to be funded in part by Federal Transit Administration grant.

A project described as a “major priority” for businesses in the Gwinnett Village and Gwinnett Place Community Improvement Districts moved one step closer to completion last week as the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners approved funding for a $1.1 million transportation alternatives and opportunities study.

The study will examine various transportation options along I-85 from the perimeter to Gwinnett Center including light rail, commuter rail, transportation system management, express bus and bus rapid transit. According to a Gwinnett County press release, the study will also look at the effects on traffic, travel patterns, the environment and land use for each option and will include estimated capital and maintenance costs. Ridership forecasts, plans for operation and cost-effectiveness will also be reviewed.

“This project has been a major priority for businesses in the CID for the past several years. We can improve the southern core of Gwinnett by increasing transportation options and providing a significant economic development boost,” said Executive Director Chuck Warbington of the Gwinnett Village CID in a released statement.

Gwinnett Place CID Chairman Leo Wiener described the study as “much needed.”

“We’re pleased to collaborate with the county, regional and federal transportation officials to pursue this much-needed transit alternative analysis and are committed to improving access throughout the greater Gwinnett Place area,” he said.

Gwinnett County chairwoman Charlotte Nash said the study will include public hearings and committees to advise on policies, technical issues and community concerns.

“Gwinnett’s population has increased so much over the last few decades. Today’s commuters need more transportation options," she said.

Half of the $1.1 million, 18-month project will be funded by the 2009 SPLOST program, the rest will be funded through a grant from the Federal Transit Administration

R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew September 08, 2011 at 03:31 AM
Jim, It appears we are continuing to “Evolve” … into the New York Tri State area. This conclusion is based on the fact that zoning is passé and is no longer the controlling factor in development; we have CIDs, TADs and Overlay districts to consider too. The CIDs and TADS have operating expenses and immediately begin to expand staff and lobbying for funding in an effort to sustain and expand their power base. The indirect results are more layers of government or “cups” under which to hide the “pea” of the hard earned taxpayer’s dollar. It’s a marketing fact that it’s easier to get 5 percent than 10 percent, but with multilayer approach, is easier for gov’t inc. to walk out with 15 percent than 10 percent - because they only asked for “5 percent” at one time, they just requested it 3 different ways. Back in the day, this used to be a way around the budget controllers in finance which is now us - we the people.
Jimmy Orr September 08, 2011 at 11:25 AM
P.S. Re: My comment posted on Wednesday, July 27, 2011. It is also time to take a "hard look" at reducing the bloated bureaucracy in our state and local governments and get a handle on the reckless way they spend our taxpayer dollars. Bloated bureaucracy? For example, how do you explain a division that has a 2 to 1 ratio of staff employees to field employees? November 2012 will be here before you know it. We will have a good opportunity to make some much needed changes all the way from the Gwinnett County outhouse, excuse me, I meant courthouse, all the way up to the White House. Let's do it!
M.K. OSBORNE September 08, 2011 at 10:11 PM
Mr R i am referring to last opportunity the voters had to release Mr Mike of his duties and not the single race for Chairman brought on by the spanking Bannister received .
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew September 08, 2011 at 11:55 PM
Kevin, But the underlying issue is the same, have there been any challengers to Mighty Mike? Relying on parties only is indeed a weak rationale, especially when there seems to be less and less MAJOR differences between the 2. They in fact just recycle each other’s membership. So is there a challenger on the horizon?
M.K. OSBORNE September 09, 2011 at 05:02 PM
Thats true Mr R there has not been a choice , so until we at least place a broom to run against him it no wonder why he has a untouchable attitude toward the peasants. In fact we have been encouragers to his condition . Bless his heart !

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