The Future is Coming Soon

Transportation! Economic development! Driverless cars! Jobs!

These are issues of importance to most of us, and the Atlanta Regional Commission agrees. They recently released phase two of a three-part survey:

Last fall, we asked you to help us identify and prioritize the biggest challenges facing metro Atlanta in the next 25 years. More than 8,000 of you told us what you thought.  Now we would like to hear more.  Help us consider: autonomous vehicles, mobile workplace technology, regional job growth, and regional transit expansion.

Input from this survey will be used to help ARC develop The Region’s Plan that will guide public policies and investments related to issues of transportation, land use, water quality, workforce development, aging and health resources. This survey is an important opportunity for the community to have an impact on this regional vision.

It took me about five minutes to complete the survey, and you should consider taking a few minutes to do the same. The ARC aims to address needs that impact everyone in the region, and if there’s one thing that TSPLOST taught us (much in the same way an anvil to the head can teach us), it’s that there are a lot of different opinions of how we, as a region of county and municipal fiefdoms, should approach job creation and retention, transportation, transit, and – seriously – driverless cars. No one in Georgia benefits if leaders in metro Atlanta approach these issues with a “me and my friends” mentality, so please share how you and your friends feel.

The full press release on the survey is below the fold.

ARC Survey Asks How Technology, Innovation Might Shape Region’s Future

More than 8,000 people participated in the first phase of a three-part survey regarding metro Atlanta’s future. The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) hopes to have a similar response to the second phase of the survey, currently available at www.atlantaregional.com/theregionsplan.

The first phase, conducted in the fall of 2014, basically asked respondents to identify and prioritize metro Atlanta’s biggest challenges. This second phase focuses on some new technologies that may impact where and how we travel and live over the next 25 years.

Responses to all three survey phases are being used to inform The Region’s Plan, a document that assesses and plans for the infrastructure, economy and livability of the Atlanta region through the year 2040. The Region’s Plan is a collaborative effort being produced by ARC and a wide array of community partners from around the region.

According to the initial survey, the most critical issue facing metro Atlantans is a lack of transportation options. This was followed closely by the needs for more walkable/livable neighborhoods, a workforce trained for today’s jobs and a more secure water supply.

The second survey will deal primarily with the first three of these needs by looking ahead at technology that might change the way we live, work and travel. For example, how might driverless cars and better teleworking technology impact our commutes? Or, what if you had an app on your phone that would match your transportation need with the most appropriate and efficient mode available (think bus, Uber, taxi, etc)? It will also ask respondents about jobs and whether it makes sense to connect the region’s existing and emerging job centers with transit.

How might these three futures, or some combination of them, impact where you live, where you work, how you travel or even whether you own a car?

The Region’s Plan is scheduled to be adopted by the ARC board in the spring of 2016. This online survey is your opportunity to tell ARC what you think and help ensure the best possible Atlanta region in the future. See results from the first survey and take the current survey at www.atlantaregional.com/theregionsplan.

2 comments

  1. saltycracker says:

    Must be a new Crew. Most of the folks we sent surveys to in 2000 and before and sat thru countless meetings are gone or retired. Their promises are still 10-15 years out, maybe.
    And all we asked for then was some state roads 4 laned.
    Planning takes time, lots of time.

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