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Transportation Planning

The Transportation Planning Division plans for the development and implementation of transportation plans, programs and projects, while ensuring consistency with applicable rules, laws and regulations. The division identifies and evaluates transportation needs within the county through special studies, citizen input and development of short and long-range transportation plans.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any planning questions:

Eric Meyer, Planning Division Manager

Aries Little, Planner III

Yanlin Wu, Planner I

Study: Route 10 Modifications

Route 10 operates between the Marietta Transfer Center and MARTA’s Arts Center Station via Cobb Parkway (US 41) and Interstate 75. Route 10 is CobbLinc’s busiest route, carrying 25% of all CobbLinc boardings. Cobb County DOT initiated a study in 2015 after an increase of reports from Route 10 patrons of overcrowding and poor on-time performance. The study has identified the root causes of these issues and has recommended proposed service modifications as corrective actions that can be quickly implemented in a cost-effective manner.

Public Hearing Notice - March 8, 2016

Board of Commissioner Work Session Presentation - November 24, 2015

Proposed Route Modifications

Route 10 bus service along Spring Road as well as Cobb Parkway (US 41) between Circle 75 Parkway and Windy Ridge Parkway is proposed to be re-aligned to Cumberland Boulevard, as follows:

  • From Marietta Transfer Center, Route 10 buses will travel south on Cobb Parkway, turn right on Cumberland Boulevard and continue to the Cumberland Transfer Center and
  • From Cumberland Transfer Center, Route 10 buses will travel north on Cumberland Boulevard, turn left on Cobb Parkway (US 41) and continue to the Marietta Transfer Center.

Route 10 bus service along Northside Parkway as well as Cobb Parkway (US 41) south of Akers Mill Road is proposed to be re-aligned to Akers Mill Road and the I-75 HOV lanes, as follows:

  • From Cumberland Transfer Center, Route 10 buses will travel south on Cumberland Boulevard, turn left on Akers Mill Road and right on the I-75 HOV ramp;
  • From the I-75 HOV lane, Route 10 buses will exit at the Akers Mill HOV ramp, turn left on Akers Mill Road and right on Cumberland Boulevard, continuing to the Cumberland Transfer Center; and
  • Customers in the impacted area will continue to be served by MARTA’s Route 12.

Route 10 bus service to and from MARTA Arts Center Station is proposed to be realigned to use existing HOV access points, as follows:

  • From Southbound I-75, Route 10 buses will exit Northside Drive HOV Ramp, turn right on Northside Drive, left on 17th Street, right on Peachtree Street, right on 16th Street, left on Arts Center Way, right on 15th Street and right into Arts Center Station
  • From Arts Center Station, Route 10 buses will exit the north side of the station, turn right on West Peachtree Street, left on 17th Street, right on Northside Drive and left onto the I-75 HOV ramp

Proposed Service Span/Frequency

Southbound trips departing Marietta Transfer Center will operate as follows:

  • Weekdays 5 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. – 30 minute frequency
  • Weekdays 5:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. – 15 minute frequency
  • Weekdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. – 30 minute frequency
  • Weekdays 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. – 15 minute frequency
  • Weekdays 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. – 30 minute frequency
  • Weekdays 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. – 60 minute frequency
  • Saturdays 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. – 30 minute frequency
  • Saturdays 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. – 60 minute frequency

Northbound trips departing MARTA’s Arts Center Station will operate as follows:

  • Weekdays 5:37 a.m. to 6:37 a.m. – 30 minute frequency
  • Weekdays 6:37 a.m. to 9:02 a.m. – 15 minute frequency
  • Weekdays 9:02 a.m. to1:35 p.m. – 30 minute frequency
  • Weekdays 1:35 p.m. to 6:51 p.m. – 15 minute frequency
  • Weekdays 6:51 p.m. to 11:07 p.m. – 30 minute frequency
  • Weekdays 11:07 p.m. to 12:07 a.m. – 60 minute frequency
  • Saturdays 7:07 a.m. to 8:05 p.m. – 30 minute frequency
  • Saturdays 8:05 p.m. to 12:07 a.m. – 60 minute frequency

Study: Revive285 top end

In 2006, the Georgia Department of Transportation and the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority launched revive285 top end to develop a solution to the traffic challenges on this vital corridor. The focus of revive285 top end is to develop an overall corridor concept for the portion of I-285 extending from I-75 to I-85, incorporating each of the separate projects currently planned and programmed for the corridor. For more information about these projects, please view the project website at revive285.com.

Sponsoring Agency: Georgia Department of Transportation

DBE Program

Cobb County has established a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program in accordance with regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), 49 CFR Part 26. In order to be in compliance with the DBE program regulations, the County is required to establish and submit an annual goal for the Transit Program relative to anticipated Federal funds to be expended during the Federal fiscal year.

All DBEs in Georgia are certified by Georgia Department of Transportation or MARTA. Cobb County does not maintain a listing of certified DBE contractors.

Completed Studies

Austell Road Access Management Study

Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvement Plan (2010)

The Cobb County Department of Transportation conducted the Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvement Plan that identifies where Cobb County can improve conditions for bicycling and walking and identify a strategy for investing in those improvements over time.

Chattahoochee River Trail Conceptual Master Plan and Feasibility Study (2004)

CobbLinc Service and Marketing Study (2011)

Comprehensive Transportation Plan 2030

Cobb County conducted a 22-month Comprehensive Transportation Planning (CTP) study. The project kick-off began in early 2006 with the completion of the study in 2008. The CTP is a long-range transportation study that will review and analyze existing transportation needs (mobility, transit, multi-use trails, and sidewalks, etc.) as well as future transportation needs.

In January 2006, Cobb County (unincorporated) and the six incorporated cities: Acworth, Austell, Kennesaw, Marietta , Powder Springs, and Smyrna joined forces to conduct a countywide comprehensive transportation plan. The focus of which is to connect transportation decisions to land use policies to better serve the County and the metro-region of Atlanta. The Board of Commissioners updated and replaced CTP 2030 with the adoption of CTP 2040 in May 2015.

FINAL REPORT

Plan Summary dated February 27, 2008

Comprehensive Transportation Plan 2040 Update

The Cobb County Comprehensive Transportation Plan 2040 (CTP 2040) has been prepared to serve as the blueprint for all transportation investments —vehicular, transit, freight, pedestrian, and bicycle—by Cobb County and its municipalities for the next 25 years. CTP 2040 integrally links land use and transportation within the County and its incorporated areas to efficiently and effectively address the needs identified for the transportation network through 2040.

Jointly developed with Cobb County and the cities of Austell, Acworth, Kennesaw, Marietta, Smyrna, and Powder Springs, CTP 2040 is the result of an extensive public involvement process and represents an understanding and agreement among policy makers and staff for the policies and information included herein.

The planning process, which kicked off in spring 2013, concluded in summer 2015 with adoption of the completed plan by each jurisdiction, as follows:

  • Cobb County – May 26, 2015
  • Acworth – May 21, 2015
  • Austell – May 4, 2015
  • Kennesaw – May 18, 2015
  • Marietta – June 10, 2015
  • Powder Springs – May 18, 2015
  • Smyrna – July 6, 2015

Recommendation Report
In Motion

Technical Reports Existing Conditions Public Involvement Archive Public Opinion Surveys BOC Presentations
Active Transportation Summary Public Engagement Program CCT Customer Satisfaction Survey (January 2014) April 22, 2014
Scenario and Project Evaluation Existing Conditions and Needs Assessment Report Transportation Snapshot Public Opinion Survey (October 2013) November 25, 2014
Evaluation Framework and Performance Measures Community Highlights “Cobb is Home” YouTube Video Public Opinion Survey (April 2014)  
Human Services Transportation Plan     Focus Group Summary (May 2014)  
      Listening Tour Summary Infographic  
      Listening Tour Comments  
      Public Meeting Summary (December 2014)  

View an interactive map of the transportation infrastructure improvement projects recommended by CTP 2040. With this tool, you can search for a location and click on a project to get the project details. This map presents the projects that are listed in Tables 1-27 beginning on page 52 of the Recommendations Report.

Hollowell Parkway/Veterans Memorial Highway Livable Centers Initiative Study (2010)

Major Thoroughfare Plan (2009)

Senior Adult Transportation Study (2007)

Cobb DOT has completed the Senior Adult Transportation Study, a study to improve accessibility and mobility for older adults living in Cobb County. This study helps identify ways to make better use of and improve existing transportation resources and options for Cobb County senior adults.

Six Flags Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) Study (2012)

Transit Implementation Study (2010 Update)

Report (2010)

GDOT and Regional Studies

NWCP - Northwest Corridor Project (I-75/I-575 Managed Lanes)

Atlanta to Chattanooga High Speed Ground Transportation Study

Related Studies

GDOT - Northwest Corridor

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Trail System Map
Cobb County Trail System Map

Cobb County’s 32 family-friendly tree-lined trails offer the perfect outdoor escape for families, pedestrians and bicyclists. While portions of the trail network are recreational, many trails provide connectivity between cities, access to regional activity centers, and healthy commuting options for travelers wishing to avoid road congestion.

Sidewalk Policy

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Sidewalks in District 2

Cobb County is committed to providing sidewalks on (at least) one side of major roadways and thoroughfares across the County. Sidewalks keep communities healthy by providing safety, mobility and accessibility benefits to citizens. Using limited funding, Cobb County prioritizes sidewalk placement in areas that are:

  • In close proximity to schools
  • In close proximity to trailheads
  • Near park and high activity areas
  • In support of public transit
  • Cost effective

Can I Get Sidewalks In My Neighborhood?

Currently, Cobb County requires all developers to install sidewalks in new-build developments. Typically, the cost of new sidewalks is absorbed, by the homeowner, in the cost of the new home.

But not every neighborhood in Cobb County, due to location or age, have sidewalks or sidewalk access. There are several options available to residents who wish to consider installing sidewalks.

Step One: Present a Request for Creation of a Sidewalk District 

Any property owner may begin the process by presenting a request for the creation of a Sidewalk District to the Cobb County Department of Transportation (CCDOT). This request allows the members/homeowners of that community, provided they meet the required conditions of Sec. 106-111, the possible option to finance the cost of sidewalk construction if all other subsequent provisions are met.

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Sidewalks in District 1

Step Two: Boundary Determination 

Once the request is received, the CCDOT will determine the boundaries of the proposed Sidewalk District. This information will be provided to the applicant requesting the Sidewalk District.

Step Three: Petition for Approval

Once boundaries and cost estimates are determined for the proposed Sidewalk District, the applicant will be required to distribute the information among neighboring lot owners of the proposed district. If at least 75 percent of lot owners approve its creation, and there is no request for a public hearing about the proposed Sidewalk District, the Board of Commissioners can take action to approve creation of the District.

Step Four: Division of Cost

Each property owner in the newly created Sidewalk District will be assessed a share of the cost, divided among all lots in the District, which can be paid in through County financing or Community Financing.

  • Option One, County Financing - Each property owner may pay their assessed portion in one of three ways: by cash, ad valorem property tax installments, or five equal annual installments.
  • Option Two, Community Financing – The community may raise the total cost of the sidewalk project.

Sidewalk Code of Ordinance

For questions regarding this sidewalk code of ordinance, contact the Department of Transportation at (770) 528-1600 or email [email protected].

Maintenance of Sidewalks

Cobb DOT will be responsible for perpetual maintenance of the sidewalks.