The Atlanta City Council approved Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms legislation to create the city’s first Department of Transportation (DOT).
The city’s DOT will serve as a “one-stop transportation agency” that will combine functions of road construction and repair operations through the Department of Public Works with the long-term planning capabilities of the Department of City Planning’s Office of Mobility. These duties will be integrated with the infrastructure investment program of the Renew Atlanta Bond/TSPLOST, which manages capital roadway projects using voter-approved funding.
The new agency will manage a range of transportation improvements from roadway repair and maintenance to sidewalk and bike lane construction to installing and upgrading streetlights and traffic signals, making streets more accessible to people of every age and ability.
“Every aspect of our mass transit system must be improved in order for our city to meet the demands of our growing communities,” Bottoms said in a statement. “Improving mobility not only makes it easier to get around Atlanta—it helps level the playing field for all Atlantans to thrive and get ahead in a 21st century economy. This newly created office provides a space for experts to convene and strategize how we can implement greater efficiency and support the transportation needs of residents.”
Last spring, the Bottoms’ administration began development of a strategic transportation plan to set key goals and accountability measures for the new agency. The initial funding—$750,000—will be allocated to continue the process.