Monthly Archives: March 2009

Transportation Improvement Program Public Meeting

The Coastal Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (CORE MPO), formerly known as the Chatham Urban Transportation Study (CUTS), will host a public meeting for the development of the FY 2010-2013 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The meeting will be held on March 24 at 5 p.m. in the Metropolitan Planning Commission’s Arthur A. Mendonsa Hearing Room, 112 East State St.

The purpose of the meeting is for the public to review and comment on the proposed transportation improvement priorities for Chatham County for fiscal years 2010-2013. Copies of the preliminary priority project list can be reviewed at the Chatham County – Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) office as well as on the MPC website at www.thempc.org

The TIP is the short-range programming element of the MPO transportation planning process and lists the transportation projects in Chatham County programmed to receive funds over the next four years. The TIP includes Chatham Area Transit (CAT) 5307 grant projects

Site offers social networking for tree lovers

picture-17A Web site called “The Grove” has been launched by the Georgia Urban Forest Council and the Georgia Forestry Commission “to engage and encourage Georgia’s citizens to plant trees and help protect Georgia’s urban tree canopy.”

A tip from a Sustainable Savannah reader suggests that one appeal of the site is its social networking function:

“The Grove allows members to create a profile, post stories and upload pictures of tree planting experiences that can be shared with friends and family. This site celebrates families that come together, both on and offline, to ensure their descendants live in a healthy urban forest, as well as strengthen the bonds of current family ties as they improve the communities where they live.”

More information on Facebark (sorry, I couldn’t resist) is here.

Find a better way to work this Friday

Bicycle commuting is unique in that it’s a daily routine that never truly becomes, well, routine. Driving to work blends into the daily grind. Cycling to work, on the other hand, is a new experience every day. On a bicycle, the commuter is part of the city, not just the occupant of a steel and glass capsule hurtling through it. Cyclists can discern subtle changes in weather and subtle changes in neighborhoods that are undetectable to motorists. While it’s easy to zone out behind the wheel, cyclists rarely arrive at a destination with no memory of the trip.

cuptype_2Getting to work by bike for the first time, however, can be daunting for some. Those who are thinking of making the leap will have company on March 6, with the return of the Dump the Pump alternative commuting event. Dump the Pump invites new bicycle commuters to ride in the company of more experienced cyclists. This month’s event is a cooperative effort between the City of Savannah and the Savannah Bicycle Campaign and includes a coffee break for bicycle commuters in Davant Park. Coffee and snacks will be provided by Jittery Joe’s, bicycle enthusiasts and coffee purveyors located in the Ex Libris Bookstore. Check out the Savannah Bicycle Campaign Web site for all the details.

Recovery -Transportation

Today, the federal government released $27 billion to the states for transportation infrastructure projects.  Georgia is getting $931.5 million and now has 120 days to assign funds to specific projects.

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is in charge of assigning and distributing funds.  Approximately 30% (or $280 million) gets allocated to areas based on population, about 3% (or $28 million) goes towards “mandatory transportation enhancements” and, the lion’s share of around 67% ($624 million) will be allocated for any area of the state at GDOT’s discretion.

Nevermind that GDOT is a total mess and Gov. Sonny Perdue decided that right now would be a good time to totally overhaul the state transportation administration.  I’m curious which local transportation project readers think Savannah should try to get funded.

According to the Savannah Morning News, the mayor and city council, citing public safety, flooding and congestion concerns, think that elevating and widening the President Street Extension (for $50.7 million) is the best local project to try to get money for.

What do you think?