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Georgia Smart Communities Challenge Final Presentation: Streamlining Suburban Transit in Sandy Springs
September 9, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Each year, the Partnership for Inclusive Innovation supports communities across Georgia through the Georgia Smart Communities Challenge community research assistance program. Georgia Smart empowers communities to envision and plan for a smarter future by providing opportunities to work with Georgia Tech and university researchers to advance local initiatives. In 2020, the city of Sandy Springs was one of four communities supported by Georgia Smart for their “Streamlining Suburban Transit” project, which sought to pilot Transit Signal Priority with an Application Program Interface.
Over the last year, the Sandy Springs project and research team have worked together to plan, install, pilot, and evaluate the innovative TSP system using an API, including its effects on the corresponding bus system. The project sought to improve mobility, maximize the transit system and improve walkability and sense of place in the Perimeter and Roswell Road areas without the need for extensive infrastructure investments such as bus-only lanes or expensive hardware and radios. Specifically, Sandy Springs will test TSP on MARTA bus route 5 which connects the Dunwoody and Lindbergh MARTA rail stations and operates with 15-minute headway.
Please join the Partnership and the Georgia Planning Association for this virtual event of the City of Sandy Springs’ final project presentation. We will celebrate the progress this project has made over the last year while learning more about the process, technology, and support necessary to make this a reality in other Georgia communities.
1 CM Credit
City of Sandy Springs
Transportation and Traffic Unit Manager
Ms. Wescott oversees the Traffic Management Center and transportation planning and engineering staff. She oversees the emergency vehicle preemption program, which utilizes the same Glance system technology. Kristen is AICP certified and has nearly 20 years of transportation experience, including 9 years working at the City of Sandy Springs.
Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Hunter has over 20 years of experience in evaluating corridor control and communication technology.