Road Safety Audits in Macon-Bibb County

2016 was an important year for transportation safety in Macon-Bibb County. It was the first year that Road Safety Audits (RSA) were conducted in the county. Three RSAs were completed in the county in 2016, two led and organized by GDOT and one led and organized by county staff. All three of the RSAs were initiated in response to concerns …

What does a Road Diet look like?

A collaboration between city planner, urban designer, and author Jeff Speck (jeffspeck.com), and 3D artist Spencer Boomhower (cupolamedia.com), recently produced the above video, which does a fantastic job of demonstrating some of the most common and most effective road-diet redesigns. Source: https://vimeo.com/136672997. A classic Road Diet typically involves converting an existing four-lane, undivided roadway segment to a three-lane segment consisting …

31 people killed by motor vehicles in 2016 in Bibb County

The Telegraph’s recent article Investigators look to technology for answers after fatal car crashes (Jan. 24, 2017) describes how law enforcement in Middle Georgia is using technology in cars to analyze crashes to help make our roadways safer. The article also includes a map of 2016 traffic fatalities in Middle Georgia from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It is sobering …

On the path to zero traffic fatalities

Across the country, 35,092 people died on our nation’s roads in 2015. That is a 7.2 percent increase over the previous year. 21 people died on Macon-Bibb County’s roads in 2015 and 1 out of every 4 victims was a pedestrian. In 2016, at least 23 people died on the county’s roads and over a third of the victims were pedestrians. …

Legal Notice

NOTICE OF COMMENT PERIOD FOR AMENDMENTS TO THE LONG RANGE TRANSPORTATION PLAN AND TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM FOR THE MACON AREA TRANSPORTATION STUDY Notice is hereby given that the public comment period has begun for amendments to the FY 2014 – 17 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) for the Macon Area Transportation Study. The …

Equity in Transportation Planning

The current Long Range Transportation Plan totals over $1.05 billion in proposed transportation projects in the Macon area (this number does not include public transit). However, between now and 2040 only 0.014% (roughly $1.5 million) of the funds are dedicated to funding  pedestrian and bicycle projects. U.S. Census numbers indicate we need to do better; 22% (5,665) of rental households and …

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 …

Cost of Doing Business

Building and maintaining roads is one of the most expensive investments that communities make. The MATS 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) estimates that the Macon Region will spend over a billion dollars over the next 25 years to build, maintain, and replace portions of our transportation network. With over 2,889 lane miles in Macon-Bibb County alone, the costs of …

Local Planners Looking for Ideas to Improve Region’s Transportation System

    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 service improvements, new and expanded roadways, new pedestrian and bike facilities, and upgrades of existing transportation infrastructure. MATS invites the public to …