4. Help local governments create more walk- and bike-friendly communities, with improved access to jobs and transit
Finally, the plan will expand the region’s network of bicycle and pedestrian trails and foster the development of communities that offer increased walking and biking options, as well as improved access to transit, jobs and services.
About $314 million is allocated to fund transportation projects, such as sidewalks and bike lanes, through ARC’s Livable Centers Initiative.
It’s important to note that the Atlanta region can’t build its way out of congestion. Every thriving region wrestles with traffic problems to one extent or another.
Going forward, a congestion-free ride to work may require paying a toll or riding in a bus or train. More people will need to live closer to work, take transit, walk, bike or telecommute.
Improving the region’s walking, biking and transit options will not only help mobility, these options are vital to metro Atlanta’s ability to attract and retain young professionals seeking a car-free lifestyle. And young people are not the only Atlantans looking for alternative modes of transportation. The region’s fast-growing population of older adults will also be seeking travel options that will help them get around and allow them to remain in their communities as they age.