PROGRESS: County, region planning now for future transportation needs in Metro Atlanta

March 1, 2016

By Curt Yeomans, Gwinnett Daily Post

Gwinnett County is at a crossroads as far as transportation is concerned.Website Insert Cars and Financing copy

Does it build more roads to accommodate the growth that is expected to come over the next 24 years? Is an expansion of transit, and possibly joining MARTA, a better way to go? Are more bike paths and pedestrian walkways, such as sidewalks, needed?

All of that remains to be seen, but one thing Gwinnett County officials universally agree on is that transportation will need to be addressed by 2040. That’s because, as county Director of Transportation Alan Chapman put it during a recent meeting with commissioners to discuss the plan, “transportation really is about quality of life.”

“A lot has happened in the last seven or eight years (since the last update to the plan) and we’ve got to get that baseline for where we are now so we can project into the future,” Chapman told the commissioners.

How to address this issue is a question county officials are trying to find answers to in the present as they work on a major update to their Comprehensive Transportation Plan.

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