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Transit Service Planning

Connect Cobb

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Through the Connect Cobb project, Cobb County is developing a transit solution for the mobility needs in the Northwest Atlanta Corridor, defined as US 41/Cobb Parkway and I-75 between Cobb County and City of Atlanta. The project proposes the addition of Arterial Rapid Transit (ART) along U.S. 41/ Cobb Parkway. The majority of the ART system would operate on dedicated guideway (from the Kennesaw area to Cumberland), with continuing service in the existing High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes on I-75 to the existing Metropolitan Atlanta Regional Transit Authority (MARTA) Arts Center Station. The proposed system would begin at the terminus station at Kennesaw State University (KSU) near the intersection of Chastain Road and Frey Road. Fourteen (14) ART stations are proposed in Cobb County.

An Alternatives Analysis (AA) was completed for the project in December 2012 that identified the locally preferred dual-service alternative. An Environmental Assessment (EA) was initiated in early 2013 to further define the alternative and assess its effects on mobility in the corridor and on the surrounding environment.

Map of the proposed Connect Cobb Project

Alternatives Analysis

Cobb County conducted the Connect Cobb/Northwest Transit Corridor study, an Alternatives Analysis to investigate transit options and their impact on mobility, livability and connectivity on Cobb Parkway/U.S. 41 and I-75.

The AA developed a recommended locally preferred alternative (LPA) that identified a high capacity transit system best suited for the corridor. The selection of the LPA involved analyzing several types of fixed guideway transit including light rail, BRT and dedicated busway.

In conjunction with the study, land use, economic development, and redevelopment opportunities were considered with emphasis on transit oriented development and transit station area planning. To complement the technical components of the AA, a robust public involvement program was implemented to ensure community and stakeholder involvement. The study began in August 2011 and was completed December 2012.

Following completion of the AA report, the Connect Cobb project advanced to an Environmental Assessment.

Environmental Assessment

Connect Cobb Northwest Atlanta Corridor Environmental Assessment FTA Issues a Finding of No Significant Impact

On April 1, 2016, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Region IV Administrator issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on the Connect Cobb environmental Assessment.

Finding of No Significant Impact

Public Hearing Open House

On June 29, 2015, FTA and Cobb County DOT hosted a public hearing open house for the proposed Connect Cobb project from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Cobb County Department of Transportation (DOT), 1890 County Services Parkway, Marietta, GA 30008.

The open house provided the public with an opportunity to review the EA and its findings and ask questions and comment on the project. There was no formal presentation. 

For those unable to attend the Open House, the information handouts and boards that were on display at the Open House are available below. In addition, the EA is available below. Paper copies of the EA are also available at the Cobb County DOT office (1890 County Services Parkway | Marietta, GA 30008).

Written statements will be accepted concerning the project until July 14, 2015. Statements may be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to:

Mr. Marty Sewell, Connect Cobb EA Project Manager
Cobb County DOT,
1890 County Services Pkwy
Marietta, GA, 30008

All comments received will be part of the official record. 

Environmental Assessment (EA) is approved!

In April 2015, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) approved the EA for the Connect Cobb project for public review. Included in the EA process is a detailed evaluation of the benefits and impacts of the proposed improvements to the natural, built and social environments; preparation of ridership and travel time forecasts; and calculation of probable construction costs.

Following the close of the comment period on July 14, 2015, FTA and CCDOT will consider all comments submitted. Based on the information in the EA and the comments, FTA will make a determination on the extent of the environmental impacts.