By DOUG NURSE www.ajc.com
Take heart, ye weary travelers. Help is on the way, though it may take a while to get here.
Cities in north Fulton County are combining to do a broad study on how to relieve congestion, improve traffic flow and perhaps consider expanding MARTA to the Northside.
The $1.25 million analysis, funded largely through the Atlanta Regional Commission, will begin in January, and probably will conclude around mid-2010. Its conclusions will help drive where transportation money is spent.
The study is being done across the five major cities in north Fulton County to give planners a broader look at what has to happen to improve transportation across multiple jurisdictions.
Among the key topics:
• What can be done with Ga. 400?
• How can other large roads be improved?
• What land uses would support improvements?
• How — and if — MARTA service could be expanded.
About $1 million is being funded through ARC, and the remaining $250,000 is being divided among the five cities according to population. The five cities are Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta, Johns Creek and Milton.