Midtown Alliance supports a balanced transportation network that reinforces the street grid and invites all modes of travel. We look at improving every facet of our transportation infrastructure, from building wider sidewalks and adding bike lanes, to fine-tuning traffic and pedestrian signalization and promoting commute options.
In partnership with the City of Atlanta and the Georgia Department of Transportation, we are reducing motor vehicle traffic congestion through a multi-pronged approach that includes:
The Midtown Traffic Operations Program (MTOP) addresses traffic congestion and improves access and safety for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists in Midtown. By repairing and upgrading signals, optimizing signal timing, and conducting regular maintenance, we continued to see positive results in 2015, the second year of a four-year program term.
Based on these and other successes, the MTOP program was extended for another year, through July 2017, via a $1 million Georgia DOT grant.
In late 2015, Midtown Alliance embarked on a comprehensive project to assess Midtown’s current transportation system and identify future needs. The work involves evaluating and prioritizing projects, programs and strategies to address these needs, and creating an action plan for implementation.
In 2015, Midtown Alliance tapped Nelson Nygaard and Kimley-Horn, consulting firms with national and local expertise that specialize in dense, urban areas like Midtown, held steering committee meetings and launched a stakeholder website. Work continues into 2016, with an actionable, prioritized plan to be delivered mid-year.
Peachtree Street in Midtown Atlanta is heavily used by pedestrians, and many intersections have high percentages of turning traffic, where cars can create conflict with pedestrians. Working with the City of Atlanta and the Georgia Department of Transportation, Midtown Alliance installed new traffic signal phasing to enhance safety for pedestrians at eleven intersections along Peachtree Street between 3rd Street and 17th Street. With the new signal timing, Leading Pedestrian Intervals (LPIs) give pedestrians a head start when entering an intersection by allowing them to begin crossing the street prior to vehicles starting their turns. The extra window of time allows people to walk the distance of one travel lane before vehicles receive their green indication, increasing pedestrian visibility in the crosswalk to turning vehicles.
Real-time information is fast-becoming a vital extension of the Midtown transportation network. In 2015, Midtown Alliance began piloting a new real-time information service in our lobby, offering a dashboard-styled view of available transportation options in proximity to our office building. The goal? Encourage more of our partners to integrate this type of technology into their building lobby areas.
Midtown Alliance has taken the findings from our 2015 parking study and encouraged the City of Atlanta to specify “smart” parking practices as part of their program. “Smart” parking provides users with real-time availability for on- and off-street parking via a mobile app. And our team developed a new universal parking signage standard for use in future Midtown development projects. View the findings here.
Midtown Transportation, a program of Midtown Alliance, helps workplaces and commuters make the most of our existing transportation network, from carpooling and vanpooling to transit, bicycling and walking. This effort is made in partnership with the Georgia DOT and the Atlanta Regional Commission.
In addition, Midtown Transportation held 53 community engagement events with 3,262 attendees. These included the following district-wide events: