Box 4, Folder 15, Document 27

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June 20, 1969 CITY HALL ATLANTA, GA. 30303

Tel. 522-4463 Area Code 404


R. EARL LANDERS, Administrative Assistant
MRS. ANN M, MOSES, Executive Secretary
DAN E. SWEAT, JR., Director of Governmental Liaison

Mr. John A. Volpe
Secre 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 experienced. Employment,
travel and other Central City activities will double between 196] and 1983.
Obviously, this growth will impose many transportation and development problems.

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 Atlonta 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:

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1. 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.

2. Synchronization of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit
Authority's (MARTA) proposed application for technical studies
with item 1 above.

3. 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

Z ————— about our urban transportation problems and solutions, we have never

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 network.

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 | 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 | 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

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of local transportation and related programs. In addition, the experience gained
here can be of great help to you and your department in developing subsequent
transportation policies which will lead toward meeting our national transportation

goals. -We-sincerely-hope that Atlanta-will-be permittedto explore Phase~l-of

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(44 gc o . Sincerely yours,

Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr.

Mr. William Maynard, Chairman
AATS Policy Committee

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