Spotlight on Atlanta

The Atlanta metro area is a hotbed for transportation innovation and exemplifies the theme “Reimagining Transportation.”

 

At the end of 2019, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms created a new city transportation department and announced $200 million in mobility infrastructure projects with the goal of eliminating traffic fatalities in three years.  

 

On the technology front, suburban Peachtree Corners is home not only to an automated vehicle test track but recently announced that Tortoise will pilot the world’s first remote-controlled shared e-scooters there. Another first is north of Atlanta in Alpharetta, home to the Infrastructure-Automotive Technology Laboratory (iATL), the world’s first facility for developing connected vehicle applications for both vehicles and traffic control devices. In addition, the Georgia Department of Transportation has deployed connected vehicle technology to more than 400 locations across metro Atlanta with plans in the works to connect an additional 1,000 sites.

 

The city also boasts the Atlanta BeltLine, one of the country’s largest urban redevelopment programs. Its goal is to deliver “transformative public infrastructure that enhances mobility” and features pedestrian friendly transit, paved multiuse trails, and improved streetscapes.

 

In West Georgia, an 18-mile stretch of I-85 includes solar-powered vehicle charging and solar-paved roads in the pursuit of ‘net-zero’ highway – one with no deaths, waste, or carbon.

 

Atlanta will be a fitting venue to convene leaders from North America and beyond to explore how technology continues to transform the movement of people, data and freight.