Traveller Information Systems. By Kevin S. Hutchby
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Atlanta, Georgia

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Home of CNN, Coca Cola and, more relevant to this study, the 1996 Olympic Games, Atlanta lies in the northern part of Georgia State and is rapidly expanding towards the Tennessee and Alabama borders.

Few cities in the States are witnessing the growth that Atlanta is currently experiencing, with its population racing from 1.9 million in 1980 to 2.5 million in 1990 to 3.2 million in 1999. Further, current projections estimate another million inhabitants by the year 2020. All these reasons more indicated that this would be a good choice as a city to study. Metropolitan Atlanta is said to be difficult to get around without a car and about 90 percent of the Atlanta region's commuters drive to work. By 1996 the rate of vehicle ownership was said to be nearly one car per person in most parts of the region. In the outer Counties of Metropolitan Atlanta the ratio was 1.23 to 1. An increase in vehicle registrations has taken place by about 32% from 1990 to 1997. The average per capita driving distance in Atlanta is nearly 35 miles per day - possibly further than in any other city on earth and, geographically, there is very little to stop the physical spread of this City. Traffic congestion has meant that the average Atlanta driver faced 68 hours of delays in 1997, 30 hours a year in 1990 and only 16 hours a year in 1982. A huge waste of time and a large cause of air pollution. An estimated 214 million gallons of fuel were wasted in 1997.

During the games of 1996 air quality increased tremendously in Atlanta. Despite the addition of 2 million visitors ozone levels dropped by between 30 and 50 percent. With more people selecting public transport as an option or ride sharing or cycling as cars were left at home.

To find out how the relevant authorities were looking to tackle the problems facing a 21st century Atlanta I planned to visit Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), and the Georgia State Department of Transport (GDOT).

Visits To:

Visit 1   Atlanta Regional Commission

Visit 2   Metropolitan Atlanta Regional Transportation Authority

Visit 3   Georgia State Department of Transport

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