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Unpublished Paper
The Role of the Law in the Availability of Public Transit and Affordable Housing in Atlanta’s West End
(2012)
  • ELLIOTT LIPINSKY
Abstract

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is a branch of the U.S. Department of Transportation that administers federal funds and provides technical assistance for the support of locally operated public transit systems. MARTA / Atlanta metro area are part of FTA Region IV (the Southeast). FTA would be involved, for instance, in financing the federal grant monies discussed above. But actual regulation of operations (i.e., what MARTA does each day, or what MARTA will plan to do regionally) is more closely regulated by Georgia agencies.

Until recently, the Atlanta metropolitan area had no powerful central agency to coordinate regional transit. The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) has existed for decades to filter federal funds and to make recommendations for long-term planning in Atlanta, including planning for transit, like MARTA. Yet the ARC lacks legal authority to require adoption of its plans and policies by local (county and municipal) governments within the Atlanta metro. To fill the need for a more potent regional transit agency that could curb regional environmental problems resulting from traffic congestion, the Georgia General Assembly created the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) to “manage[] land transportation and air quality” in Georgia.

Keywords
  • Atlanta,
  • MARTA,
  • Zoning,
  • Growth,
  • Public,
  • Transit,
  • Housing,
  • Georgia,
  • West End,
  • Development,
  • Smart Growth,
  • Mixed Use
Publication Date
2012
Citation Information
ELLIOTT LIPINSKY. "The Role of the Law in the Availability of Public Transit and Affordable Housing in Atlanta’s West End" (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/elliott_lipinsky/1/