BATMA is…Keeping Buckhead on the Move!
BATMA is a partnership of private businesses, public agencies and residential and civic associations within the Buckhead community. Since its inception in 1997, BATMA’s mission has been to provide relief to commuters, residents, and visitors traveling to and within Buckhead.
BATMA works cooperatively with community and regional partners to improve mobility, accessibility and air quality in Buckhead by sponsoring programs and providing incentives to encourage commuters to take transit, carpool, vanpool, telework, bike and walk to work.
The benefits affect us all, with less traffic and cleaner air!
Georgia 400 Tolls to End Friday, November 22
The State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) announced today that the Georgia 400 tolls will officially end Friday, November 22, weather permitting. Toll collection is scheduled to end after rush hour to lessen the impact on the GA 400 commute.
In July 2012, Governor Deal announced that the state would pay off its bond debt and end tolls on GA 400 by December 2013. Southeastern Site Development, Inc., of Newnan, has been contracted for the construction component of the project and will be managed through the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT)
“The ending of GA 400’s tolls fulfills a promise made to commuters,” said SRTA Executive Director Christopher Tomlinson. “Enough tolls have been collected to pay for the original construction of the road and the new connector ramps to I-85, plus other needed projects in the GA 400 corridor. This road has had a tremendous economic impact on the city of Atlanta, the Buckhead business district, north Fulton County and other communities along the highway.”
“We thought it wise to conclude toll collections on a Friday evening so that motorists will have the entire weekend to become acclimated to the new traffic pattern,” Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Keith Golden noted. “Still, we urge commuters the following Monday morning to be particularly cautious while driving through the plaza area.”
The first phase of a four-phase demolition project began on Friday, October 25, with restriping in the Peach Pass electronic toll lanes and modification/removal of redundant “toll” signage. In Phase II, preparation for no tolling continues with the completion of restriping and the installation of concrete barriers between the Peach Pass and cash lanes in anticipation of the eventual shifting of traffic into the electronic lanes when toll collection ends. Once tolls end and traffic is shifted in Phase III, no heavy demolition work is expected to take place during the winter holidays. Phase IV will begin in January 2014 and will include removal of plaza toll booths, the canopy, as well as reinforcement and filling of the tunnel stairwells.
The demolition project will be completed in the fall of 2014.
“The buc” Grand Hyatt Stop Restored
Construction of the Circle Terminus project, a 359 unit luxury apartment complex spanning the two remaining development sites in Terminus alongside Highland Drive and Tower Place Drive, forced the closure of Highland Drive from September 3rd until October 15th. Highland Drive has reopened and the top at Grand Hyatt has been restored. Continued construction will necessitate two more closures in six week intervals through the Fall 2014 will force the same re-routing. Though dates of the closures are unknown at this time, notice will be given two weeks prior to the closure.
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Georgia Commute Options:
Georgia Commute Options are free services that help commuters and employers. These services make it easier to switch from driving alone to one of many commute options such as: carpool, vanpool, transit, telework (work from home), bicycle and walk.