Citizen Advisory Committee Working to Improve Region’s Transportation System

Citizen Advisory Committee Working to Improve Region’s Transportation System Macon Area Transportation Study invites the public to Citizen Advisory Committee Work Session FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                             Media Contact: Greg Brown JUNE 29, 2016                                                                                478-751-7463 | gbrown@mbpz.org Macon, GA (June 29, 2016) – The Macon Area Transportation Study (MATS) is updating MATS 2040, the long range transportation plan (LRTP) for the region. The current 25 year plan includes nearly a billion dollars in transportation projects including: bus and rail improvements, new and expanded roadways, new pedestrian and bike facilities, and upgrades of existing transportation infrastructure. MATS invites the public to a working session of the Citizen Advisory Committee on June 29 from 6-8 p.m. to learn about and comment on the region’s transportation system and to learn about the LRTP update process. The work session is scheduled for:
  • Wednesday, June 29, 6-8 p.m. – Citizens Advisory Committee meeting (682 Cherry Street, 10th Floor, Willie C. Hill Government Center Annex Building, Macon)
    • This facility is ADA accessible and can be reached via public transit route #9.
The LRTP is updated every four years and its impact can be seen around the Macon area in road projects that are currently under construction, like the Sardis Church Road extension and the Forest Hill Road widening, and planned projects like the I-75/I-16 interchange expansion, Jeffersonville Road widening, new roundabouts, and new bridges over rail lines and waterways. The LRTP update process relies on input from the public and this is the public’s opportunity to comment on or propose transportation projects that they want to see in their community. The public is encouraged to explore who and what the MATS is at www.MATS2040.org, and to share ideas at http://bibbgis.co.bibb.ga.us/MBMPOGDOT/, or to attend and make comments at any of the future open houses, community outreach events, or MATS committee meetings, including:
  • Tuesday, July 12, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Open House at Macon-Bibb Planning & Zoning Commission (682 Cherry Street, 10th Floor, Willie C. Hill Government Center Annex Building, Macon)
    • This facility is ADA accessible and can be reached via public transit route #9.
  • Wednesday, July 13, 6-8 p.m. – Citizens Advisory Committee meeting (682 Cherry Street, 10th Floor, Willie C. Hill Government Center Annex Building, Macon)
    • This facility is ADA accessible and can be reached via public transit route #9.
  • Monday, July 18, 6-8 p.m. – Washington Memorial Library (1180 Washington Ave., Macon)
  • Wednesday, July 20, 9-11 a.m. – (682 Cherry Street, 10th Floor, Willie C. Hill Government Center Annex Building, Macon)
    • This facility is ADA accessible and can be reached via public transit route #9.
  • Wednesday, July 27, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Open House at Macon-Bibb Planning & Zoning Commission (682 Cherry Street, 10th Floor, Willie C. Hill Government Center Annex Building, Macon)
    • This facility is ADA accessible and can be reached via public transit route #9.
For more information on the MATS and MATS 2040 LRTP update process, to view a list of all of the current transportation projects in the area, to review the upcoming meeting schedule, and to submit ideas, comments and suggestions, go to: www.MATS2040.org. Send comments to Gregory L. Brown, Senior Planner, 682 Cherry Street, Suite 1000, Macon, GA 31201 or via email at gbrown@mbpz.org. About the Macon Area Transportation Study (MATS): Established in 1964, MATS is the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the Macon area, which includes Macon-Bibb County, the southwest half of Jones County, and a small portion of Monroe County. MATS is the region’s transportation policy-making organization composed of representatives from both local and state government. MATS ensures that existing and future expenditures for transportation projects are based on a comprehensive, cooperative, and continuing planning process. All federal funding for transportation projects are channeled through the MATS planning process.