Transportation Planning

2024 TMA Certification:

On July 17-18 2024, the Federal Highway Administration(FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration(FTA) will conduct the certification review of the transportation planning process for the Augusta Transportation Management Area also known as the Augusta Regional Transportation Study(ARTS). FHWA and FTA are required to jointly review and evaluate the transportation planning process of each urbanized area over 200,000 in population at least every four years to determine if the process meets the Federal planning requirements.

Pursuant to the 23 U.S.C. 134(k) and 49 U.S.C. 5303(k), the Federal Highway Administration(FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration(FTA) must jointly certify the metropolitan transportation planning process in Transportation Management Areas(TMAs) at least every four years. A TMA is an urbanized area, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, with a population of over 200,000. After the 2010 Census, the Secretary of Transportation designated 183 TMAs -179 urbanized areas over 200,000 in population plus four urbanized areas that received special designation. In general, the reviews consist of three primary activities: a site visit, a review of planning products (in advance of and during the site visit), and preparation of a Certification Review Report that summarizes the review and offers findings. The reviews focus on compliance with Federal law and regulations, challenges, successes, and experiences of the cooperative relationship between the MPS(s), the State DOT(s), and the public transportation operator(s) in the conduct of the metropolitan transportation planning process. Joint FTA/FHWA Certification Review guidelines provide agency field reviewers with latitude and flexibility to tailer the review to reflect regional issues and needs. As a consequence, the scope and depth of the Certification Review reports will vary significantly.

ARTS Regional Freight Plan Update:

The Augusta Regional Transportation Study(ARTS) Metropolitan Planning Organization(MPO) has begun the process of developing a Regional Freight Plan Update (the Plan). The Plan will include updating the 2008 Regional Freight Profile, including a review and update of the current state of freight and goods-movement in the region. The Plan will also review and assess the state of freight infrastructure in the region, as well as outline strategies to provide investments, policies and capital improvements that will accommodate future freight growth and logistics needs.

The project will include several phases of public engagement-including stakeholder involvement, public meetings, a project website, and more. Residents of the ARTS MPO will have multiple opportunities to provide feedback. The first opportunities to provide input into the planning effort will be at two upcoming community open-house meetings.

  • Public Meeting#1: 6:00PM - 8:00PM, Tuesday, April 23rd, 2024
    Sandlapper Room, Aiken County Government Center
    1930 University Parkway, Aiken, South Carolina 29801

  • Public Meeting #2: 6:00PM - 8:00PM, Thursday, April 25th, 2024
    Linda Beazley Room, Augusta Municipal Building
    535 Telfair Street, Augusta, Georgia 30901
    Or, Join via Zoom:

This first round of public meetings will focus on presenting the draft vision, goals, and objectives as well as key findings from a review of existing conditions, as well as gathering feedback from community members.

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As part of the Regional Freight Plan Update, ARTS is conducting a survey to gather input on potential issues, needs, and opportunities to improve freight and goods-movement within the region. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey. It should only take a few minutes of your time. There are 15 total questions, all of which are optional.

ARTS Freight Plan Public Input Survey

SC Highway 118 Intersection Analysis(Ongoing):

Whiskey Road Feasibility Study(Ongoing):

Bettis Academy Road Feasibility Study(Ongoing):

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