Perimeter Circulator Project. October 19, 2000 Steering Committee Meeting. TASK 1.0 GOALS & OBJECTIVES. Study Goals. To better prepare the (DCID) to seek and obtain state and federal financial assistance toward project implementation
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Perimeter Circulator Project October 19, 2000 Steering Committee Meeting
Study Goals • To better prepare the (DCID) to seek and obtain state and federal financial assistance toward project implementation • To quantify the order of magnitude of first cost and annual cost toward a go/no-go decision
Project Goals • 1. To encourage lessened use of single-occupancy motor vehicles • 2. To provide an effective public system of local distribution for regional trip-makers • 3. To enhance the economic development and tax base of Perimeter Center by increasing the density of land usage without incurring adverse impacts. • 4. To assist the community in achieving air quality goals.
Project Goals Continued • 5. To make the offices, retail establishments, medical facilities, hotels, and employment opportunities more accessible to all patrons and employees. • 6. To offer local trip-makers an effective alternative to autos, shuttle buses and surface transit. • 7. To help preserve greenbelts and park areas potentially threatened by need for added parking facilities. • 8. To take advantage of opportunities for facilitating circulator placement and location in coordination with scheduled improvements to freeways.
Goal Suggested During the First Stakeholder Meeting • To provide a public system that allows flexibility within the Perimeter Center area and allows future expansion beyond this area.
Findings • Perimeter area is the most dense employment concentration outside central Atlanta • Dekalb County portion of the study area is currently much more intensely developed • Fulton County portion of the study area shows largest potential for future growth • Data sources reviewed are relatively consistent in growth estimates • Office/Mixed use is largest component of future land usage • Office/Mixed use allows mix of uses as influenced by market forces
Characteristics & Requirements • State-of-the-art technology (Modern & Attractive) • Electrically powered (To meet clean-air goal) • Fast speed (Right-of-way permitting) • Quick Loading and Off-Loading from either side • Comfortable interior (air conditioned, blend of seating/standing capacity) • Reliability • Accessible conformance with Federal ADA ’90 & Safety conformance with NFPA 130
ROUTE DEVELOPMENT CONSIDERATIONS • Marta Station locations - Walking distances • High concentration employment - Divided into Zones • Utilize future traffic improvement (Fly-Over bridge) • Consider Marietta/Lawrenceville Study/Findings
ALIGNMENT ONE • “Two Intersecting Loops Oriented North-South” • Comprised of two dual-guideway loops which share a common guideway at their intersection • This alignment can be implemented with any of the three technologies under evaluation • Interfaces with four MARTA Stations in the study area • Operations on both loops interface at Dunwoody MARTA Station • Sub-alternates routes to be compared
ALIGNMENT TWO • “Two Intersecting Loops Oriented East-West” • Alternate was developed to differ from Alignment One where MARTA coverage • Retains a common guideway between the two loops • This alternate allows any of the three technologies to be utilized • Interfaces with three MARTA Stations: • Operations on both loops interface at Dunwoody MARTA Station • Sub-alternates are indicated for comparison
ALIGNMENT THREE • “Single Loop with Branches to Northern Developments” • Contains southern loop as shown in Alternate Two with independent branch lines serving the northern developments • Branch lines provide means for future growth or expansion • Interfaces with two MARTA Stations • Loop and branches converge at Dunwoody MARTA Station
ALIGNMENT FOUR • “At-Grade Light Rail Radial System” • Restricted to one technology - light rail transit • LRT would coexist with surface traffic and would deliver patrons closer to their destination • Penetrates centers of concentrated employment • Interfaces with Dunwoody MARTA Station • Would require street widening so as to not lessen street capacity • Easily lends itself to phased construction • Least cost system for a given mileage coverage
Social Environment • Land Use Changes • Community Cohesion • Relocation Potential • Environmental Justice • Aesthetics • Public Recreation Land
Cultural Environment Historic Sites Archeological Sites Cemeteries Natural Environment Jurisdictional Waters of the U.S. Endangered/Threatened Species
Physical Environment • Noise • Air Quality • Construction • Utilities • Underground Storage Tanks (USTs)
Perimeter Circulator Project Steering Committee Meeting