Box 4, Folder 15, Document 26

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June 23, 1969

Mr. John A. Volpe
Secretary of Transportation
Washington, D. C.

Mr. C.C. Villarreal, Administrator
Department of Transportation

Urban Mass Transportation Administration
Washington, D. C. 20590


Atlanta's Central Area has and will continue to experience a growth rate

that only a handful of cities in the world have ever expeftienced. Employment,
travel and other Central City activities will double between 1961 and 1983.
Obviously, this growth will impose many transportation and development

Over the years, the cooperative efforts of public agencies and private groups,
working toward mutually agreed-upon goals, have resulted in the development
of Atlanta as the Southeast's premier metropolis. Although we take pride

in our generation's accomplishments, we cannot afford to rest on our laurels.
We must instead redouble our efforts in the future to assure that the dynamic
growth which lies immediately ahead will be relevantly planned and developed
for the citizens of tomorrow,

The Atlanta Area Transportation Policy Committee through its respective
staffs and consultants has worked closely with the Urban Mass Transit
Administration staff and its consultants in the development of a series of
logical decisions on procedures to be followed relative to a transportation
program for technical study. The transportation program for technical study
is characterized by:

Messrs. Volpe and Villarreal
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June 23, 1969

The continuation of the Atlanta Area Transportation

Study {(AATS) Plan, approved in principle and adopted

as a guide to be followed by the Atlanta Area Transportation
Study Policy Committee and the City of Atlanta.

Synchronization of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit

Authority's (MARTA) proposed application for technical
studies with Item 1 above.

Synchronization of the Central Area Study, a sub-area
transportation study for the Central Area of Atlanta with
Item 1 above. This is a unique team effort between the
City of Atlanta and Atlanta's business community.

As mentioned earlier, the Atlanta Area Transportation Study has been adopted
as a guide to be followed for further transportation studies. This action
provides an important step in Atlanta's history and link with the Central City
Transportation Project. Though we have talked in the past in theory and

fact about our urban transportation problems and solutions, we have newer
had the resources or opportunity to follow through with them. The Central
City Transportation Project would afford us an opportunity and the necessary
resources to test transportation approaches and solutions, such as our
"busways proposal", and further to detail improvements to our transportation

The CCT team of consultants headed by Arthur D. Little; Skidmore, Owens
and Merrill; Wilbur Smith and Associates; and the Real Estate Research
Corporation has worked very well with our local public and private agencies
in the development of Phase 1 of this undertaking. We would like to take
this opportunity to thank you and your staff for allowing the City of Atlanta
to participate along with the above consultants in Phase 1 of the Central
City Transportation Project. It has proven to be most meaningful to us.

The Department of Transportation is also to be commended for its keen
awareness and willingness to tackle the transportation problems of urban
cities. The CCT project can be most helpful to the City of Atlanta in the
development of local transportation and related programs, In addition, the
experience gained here can be of great help to you and your department in
developing substquent transportation policies which will lead toward meeting
our national transportation goals.

Messrs. Volpe and Villarreal
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June 23, 1969

We are very proud of the comprehensive, broad based transportation
planning efforts being conducted here in Atlanta. We would earnestly
request that Atlanta be included as one of those cities to be studied under
_ Phase II of the Central Cities Transportation project. In our view, this
project serves to compliment the planning effort now being put forth in
the Atlanta region. ;

Sincerely yours,

Ivan Allen, Jr.

William Maynard, Chairman
AATS Policy Committee

IAJr. /WM:fy

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