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Perimeter Circulator
Project

October 19, 2000

Steering Committee Meeting


TASK 1.0 GOALS &
OBJECTIVES


Study Goals


To better prepare the (DCID) to seek and obtain state
and federal financial assistance toward project
implementation

To quantify the order of magnitude of first cost and
annual cost toward a go/no
-
go decision


Project Goals

1.

To encourage lessened use of single
-
occupancy
motor vehicles

2. To provide an effective public system of local
distribution for regional trip
-
makers

3. To enhance the economic development and tax
base of Perimeter Center by increasing the
density of land usage without incurring adverse
impacts.

4. To assist the community in achieving air quality
goals.

Project Goals Continued

5. To make the offices, retail establishments, medical facilities,
hotels, and employment opportunities more accessible to all
patrons and employees.

6. To offer local trip
-
makers an effective alternative to autos,
shuttle buses and surface transit.

7. To help preserve greenbelts and park areas potentially
threatened by need for added parking facilities.

8. To take advantage of opportunities for facilitating circulator
placement and location in coordination with scheduled
improvements to freeways.


Goal Suggested During the First
Stakeholder Meeting

To provide a public system that allows flexibility
within the Perimeter Center area and allows future
expansion beyond this area.

TASK 2.0


BASES OF
PROJECTIONS AND
FORECASTS

9,600
74,800
12,200
106,800
21,000
213,000
0
50,000
100,000
150,000
200,000
250,000
1999
2008
Buildout
Population
Employment
Perimeter Area Growth Estimates
Sources: US Bureau of Census, ARC,
InfoUSA
and URS
Office
(Office Mixed, and
Office Professional)
42%
Institutional
8%
Commercial
(Low and High
Density)
23%
Residential
(Low, Medium,
Medium-High, High, and Very
High Density)
9%
Other
(Public Recreation
Facility, Transportation,
Communications, Utilities, and
Public ROW)
18%
Perimeter Area Future Land Uses*
* According to a compilation of the
DeKalb
County and Fulton County future land use plans.
Findings


Perimeter area is the most dense employment concentration
outside central Atlanta


Dekalb County portion of the study area is currently much more
intensely developed


Fulton County portion of the study area shows largest potential
for future growth


Data sources reviewed are relatively consistent in growth
estimates


Office/Mixed use is largest component of future land usage


Office/Mixed use allows mix of uses as influenced by market
forces

TASK 3.0 TECHNOLOGY
ASSESSMENT

Characteristics & Requirements


State
-
of
-
the
-
art technology (Modern & Attractive)


Electrically powered (To meet clean
-
air goal)


Fast speed (Right
-
of
-
way permitting)


Quick Loading and Off
-
Loading from either side


Comfortable interior (air conditioned, blend of seating/standing capacity)


Reliability


Accessible conformance with Federal ADA ’90 & Safety conformance
with NFPA 130

Light Rail Transit (LRT)


(Siemens Five
-
Module “Combino”)

Monorail

(Bombardier/TGI M
-
VI Monorail)

Automated Guideway Transit (AGT)
(Adtranz “Innovia” or CX
-
100)


TASK 4.0


PRELIMINARY
ALTERNATIVE ROUTES


ROUTE DEVELOPMENT
CONSIDERATIONS


Marta Station locations
-

Walking distances


High concentration employment
-

Divided into Zones


Utilize future traffic improvement (Fly
-
Over bridge)


Consider Marietta/Lawrenceville Study/Findings


ALIGNMENT ONE

“Two Intersecting Loops Oriented North
-
South”


Comprised of two dual
-
guideway loops which share a common
guideway at their intersection


This alignment can be implemented with any of the three technologies
under evaluation


Interfaces with four MARTA Stations in the study area



Operations on both loops interface at Dunwoody MARTA Station


Sub
-
alternates routes to be compared


ALIGNMENT TWO

“Two Intersecting Loops Oriented East
-
West”


Alternate was developed to differ from Alignment One where MARTA
coverage


Retains a common guideway between the two loops


This alternate allows any of the three technologies to be utilized


Interfaces with three MARTA Stations
:


Operations on both loops interface at Dunwoody MARTA Station


Sub
-
alternates are indicated for comparison

ALIGNMENT THREE

“Single Loop with Branches to Northern Developments”


Contains southern loop as shown in Alternate Two with independent
branch lines serving the northern developments


Branch lines provide means for future growth or expansion


Interfaces with two MARTA Stations


Loop and branches converge at Dunwoody MARTA Station


ALIGNMENT FOUR

“At
-
Grade Light Rail Radial System”


Restricted to one technology
-

light rail transit


LRT would coexist with surface traffic and would deliver patrons
closer to their destination


Penetrates centers of concentrated employment


Interfaces with Dunwoody MARTA Station


Would require street widening so as to not lessen street capacity


Easily lends itself to phased construction


Least cost system for a given mileage coverage



TASK 5.0


ENVIRONMENTAL
IMPACTS

Social Environment


Land Use Changes


Community Cohesion


Relocation Potential


Environmental Justice


Aesthetics


Public Recreation Land

Cultural Environment


Historic Sites


Archeological Sites


Cemeteries

Natural Environment


Jurisdictional Waters of the
U.S.


Endangered/Threatened
Species

Physical Environment


Noise


Air Quality


Construction


Utilities


Underground Storage Tanks (USTs)

Perimeter Circulator
Project


Steering Committee Meeting