Comprehensive Transportation Plan meetings kick off this week
Called "CobbForward," meetings will seek public input on the future of transit and transportation in Cobb
Spending a few minutes of your time at one of a series of transportation meetings in Cobb County could give you an important voice in tackling our growing traffic problem. The first in a series of “CobbForward” meetings kicked off this week with a stop at the West Cobb Senior Center in Powder Springs on April 10.
Cobb County Commission Chairman Mike Boyce says feedback received during these Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) meetings will help form a project list that could show up in a future SPLOST program or a referendum on transit and transportation programs.
“The residents of Cobb County are the key to the solution,” Chairman Boyce said. “We want to give them a chance to be a part of the solution. Five people (members of the Board of Commissioners) can formulate a product, but I’d be happier if five thousand people or more have a voice in it.”
A CTP is a county-wide, long-range multimodal transportation plan that will assess Cobb County’s existing and future transportation needs, including roadways, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, transit services and freight considerations. Cobb last updated its CTP in 2015. This year’s meetings have been dubbed “CobbForward.”
“CobbForward will give citizens many opportunities to provide their ideas about how we should spend their transportation tax dollars to improve their commutes,” said Eric Meyer, the planning division manager for CCDOT. “They can interact with our staff directly on the topics of transit, pedestrian safety, technology—we want the people of Cobb to give us their insights to further focus our planning on the needs of our communities.”
Nine meetings will be held across the county this spring and DOT folks also will attend a series of events in Cobb to get feedback. More information on those meetings as well as dates and times can be found at www.cobbforward.org.
CobbForward Project Manager Aries Little encourages citizens to participate in the conversation about Cobb’s transportation future.
“Attending a CobbForward event is the perfect way to express your concerns about road conditions, traffic, and how our department can better serve the county and the Atlanta region,” Little said.