Augusta Region Renews its Investment in Transportation Infrastructure

By Heather Collins The Transportation Investment Act (TIA) has been transformative for the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) region since voters approved the 10-year, one-percent sales tax for transportation infrastructure in 2012. Since then, TIA has funded projects that have helped fuel the greater Augusta area’s booming commercial, industrial, residential, medical, and military growth.  So,…

SHIFTING PATTERNS

ATLANTA’S NEW TRANSPORTATION PLAN FOCUSES ON SAFETY, MOBILITY AND AFFORDABILITY By Lisa R. Schoolcraft City of Atlanta officials face a dilemma: how to accommodate a projected 1.3 million residents and 1.2 million jobs in the years ahead by reducing congestion, improving access and supporting economic growth. Some of the solutions are laid out in the…

MARTA’S MOMENT

Planning, leveraging staff and relationships — and expecting the unexpected — helped the transit system handle massive crowds for the 2019 Super Bowl. By Lori Johnston   MARTA’s ability to move record crowds during Super Bowl weekend in Atlanta meant more than just making sure more than half a million fans arrived at the game,…

Engineering the Super Bowl: It Didn’t Just Happen

How logistics made hosting the big game in Atlanta a success By: David Caraviello   The maneuver was referred to as “green carpet,” and it required as much teamwork and coordination as any play that occurred during Super Bowl week. Police escorts radioed to traffic engineers in a command center that New England’s buses were…

Inspiring Beyond Professions to Improve Georgia

By Lisa Schoolcraft ACEC Georgia’s Engineering Influence and Engineering Impact Awards honor individuals, one from the public sector and one from the private sector, whose outstanding leadership and achievements have benefited the entire state of Georgia. Honorees are chosen based on accomplishments that have had a positive impact on the engineering industry and business community…

Roads, Bridges and Relationships

People Skills, Engineering Expertise Help Meg Pirkle Build Long Career at GDOT By Allison Floyd   Margaret “Meg” Pirkle’s interest in making people’s lives better started long before she became the first female Chief Engineer of the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT).   As a child in South Florida, she had an early interest in…