Transportation Planning

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) contracts with the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission (NEGRC) annually to provide transportation planning support for our twelve counties.  We provide local governments assistance with scenic byway programs, pedestrian/bikeway planning, rural public transportation planning, safe routes to school programs, transportation enhancements, environmental resources information and reviews, public involvement with the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, and data collection and analysis.  The NEGRC staff also serves on the Madison Athens-Clarke-Oconee Regional Transportation Study (MACORTS) committee.

Bicycling and Walking
Communities of all sizes can benefit from increasing walkability and bikeability.  NEGRC assists cities and counties with projects that improve safety, encourage physical activity, stimulate local economies, and reduce automobile emissions.  In addition to various local-level bicycle and pedestrian plans, the RC has produced the following documents:
The Regional Commission also maintains a resource for walking and bicycling trails withing Northeast Georgia.  Discover the region's beautiful parks, wildlife, lakes, historic sites, gardens, trails, festivals, and other fun places to visit on foot or by bike.  

Rural and Human Services Transportation
As part of the NEGRC's FY2013 planning contract with GDOT, the Commission developed a Rural and Human Services Transportation Plan for the twelve-county region.  This coordinated transportation plan presents a vision for how rural public and human services transportation might develop in Northeast Georgia and outlines short-term implementation steps for achieving that vision.  The plan was developed with input from local, regional, and state stakeholders.  For more information, please see this explanation of current RHST needs in our region. 

Safe Routes to School
Annually, the NEGRC assists local governments and school districts with planning geared towards enabling children to walk and bicycle to school safely and conveniently.  The international Safe Routes to School (SRTS) movement began in the 1970s, and has taken hold strongly in the United States.