LCI Transportation Program

The Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) Transportation Program provides implementation funds for LCI transportation projects identified in LCI planning studies. The program is designed to provide assistance to sponsors during the development and implementation of LCI transportation projects.

2012 End-of-Year LCI Breaking Ground Report Now Available

Twice a year, ARC contacts each LCI area that has received implementation funds in an effort to keep up to date on the status of LCI transportation projects and to ensure that those projects are moving forward.

Below is the 2012 End-of-Year LCI Breaking Ground Report, containing the most recently gathered information from June to December 2012. Previous reports are also available below.

This information is also incorporated into a more expansive Breaking Ground Report, which is published once a year by ARC and details the implementation status of all projects (i.e., more than LCI transportation projects alone) programmed to receive federal transportation funds in the most recently completed fiscal year. To view the most recent complete Breaking Ground Report, as well as previous reports and other relevant information, visit the Transportation Improvement Program Program Delivery page.

2011 Transportation Program Funding Selections Announced

ARC is pleased to announce its selections for 2011 LCI Transportation Program funding.

Download the Detailed Project List (PDF) to view information on each project, or view an abbreviated version of the project list in the table below.

48 applications were received, representing 43 LCI areas and requesting roughly $97 Million in federal funds. ARC selected 13 projects representing 13 different LCI areas and totaling approximately $34 Million in federal funds. Of those 13:

  • 8 (or 60%) are first-time LCI Transportation recipients;
  • 13 (or 100%) provide Complete Streets;
  • 7 (or 53%) are Transit-Supportive; and
  • 10 (or 77%) feature Innovative elements such as cycle-tracks, roundabouts, HAWK signals, bio-filtration swales, and road diets.
LCI AREA Project Sponsor Project Name Total Federal Total Local Total Project Cost
Buckhead Livable Communities Buckhead CID / Atlanta Peachtree Corridor Project, Phase 3 $1,531,078 $2,148,769 $3,679,847
Central Conyers Activity Center Conyers Hardin/O’Kelly Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities $3,608,000 $902,000 $4,510,000
Decatur Decatur Clairemont-Commerce-Church Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements $2,109,430 $927,360 $3,036,790
Doraville / GM Plant Doraville New Peachtree Rd. Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements $2,288,000 $572,000 $2,860,000
East Point East Point Downtown East Point / MARTA Station Connectivity Project $3,850,017 $962,504 $4,812,521
Fairburn Fairburn W. Broad St. Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities $3,100,000 $774,600 $3,874,600
McDonough Downtown McDonough Town Square Connectivity and Pedestrian Safety Project $1,261,600 $315,400 $1,577,000
Atlanta Midtown Midtown Alliance / Atlanta Juniper St. Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities $3,347,200 $1,238,960 $4,586,160
Monroe Town Center Monroe North Broad St. Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements $1,640,000 $410,000 $2,050,000
Perimeter Center DeKalb County / Perimeter CIDs Lake Hearn Dr., Perimeter Summit Pkwy. and Parkside Pl. Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities $3,102,770 $1,763,666 $4,866,436
Ponce de Leon Corridor Atlanta (ADA / Beltline, Inc.) Ponce de Leon Ave. Pedestrian Facilities and Atlanta Beltline Intermodal Connections $4,000,000 $1,000,000 $5,000,000
Suwanee Town Center Suwanee Buford Hwy. Context-Sensitive Design Transect $3,296,230 $824,058 $4,120,288
Tucker DeKalb County Tucker Streetscape Phase II $960,000 $240,000 $1,200,000
TOTAL $34,094,325 $12,079,317 $46,173,642

ARC would like to thank all sponsors for their applications and congratulate the 2011 recipients.

ARC Hosts Peer Exchange - Report Available

In August 2010, ARC hosted a Peer Exchange, which was sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) through their Transportation Planning Capacity Building program (TPCB). The Peer Exchange focused on “Best Practices in MPO Livability Programs.”

Learning and engaging peer regions with similar programs allowed ARC to explore strategies that have been tested and proven throughout the country. The following six peer regions attended the Exchange, which lasted two days and was held at ARC’s offices:

  • Portland Metro, serving the Portland Oregon area
  • Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), serving the Greater Philadelphia area
  • North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), serving the Dallas-Fort Worth area
  • Albany Capitol District Transportation Committee (CDTC), serving the Albany New York area
  • Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), serving the Denver area
  • Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), serving the San Francisco Bay area

FHWA and FTA wrote a report documenting the presentations and discussions from the peer exchange (PDF), which can be downloaded through their website.

Scoping Phase Process

Beginning in 2007, new LCI projects will first receive an approval to begin the scoping phase, and may receive federal preliminary engineering (PE), right-of-way (ROW) and/or construction (CST) funds once their scoping phase is approved by ARC and its planning partners. The scoping phase is required of all LCI transportation projects prior to obtaining federal transportation funds through the LCI Program. These studies are completed at the expense of the project sponsor. Any work completed prior to executing a project framework agreement (PFA) with GDOT is not eligible for reimbursement. The scoping phase will be used to ensure project feasibility, realistic cost estimates, and logical termini prior to a project securing LCI transportation project funding.

This process is not meant to fulfill the requirements of a Concept Report, which is required under the GDOT plan development process (PDP) for any federally funded transportation project. However, the scoping phase requirements have been designed to better prepare project sponsors for concept report development and documentation, and the preliminary engineering phase. The goal is for sponsors to immediately begin working on the technical elements of a concept report once preliminary engineering funds are committed to the project.

This scoping phase process was developed as a result of past project issues experienced with LCI transportation projects. In the 2006 LCI Transportation Project Implementation Breaking Ground Report, the most significant delay identified was the first submittal of a concept report, which was taking sponsors 12-36 months to submit.


For additional information on the Livable Centers Initiative Transportation Program, please contact Amy Goodwin at

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