As the federally-designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) of the Atlanta Region, ARC selects projects of significant regional benefit to be funded by a portion of the Federal transportation funds that are authorized for the region. Additionally ARC ensures that the long-range Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) remains fiscally constrained per Federal guidelines—meaning that the total costs of all projects to be completed within the 30-year time horizon never exceed the anticipated levels of available funding. An estimated $1.5-$2 billion annually—depending on economic and fiscal conditions—is spent on transportation in the Atlanta Region. Funding for transportation in the Region is derived from various sources on the federal, state, regional, and local levels.
Transportation Funding Sources
Financial Alternatives Report
In Fall 2009, ARC researched various potential sources of revenue for funding the capital, maintenance, and operating costs of existing and future transportation infrastructure to serve the Region’s growing needs. The resulting report — Bridging the Gap 2010: Investigating Solutions for Transportation Funding Alternatives in the Atlanta Region (PDF) — is intended to help evaluate and estimate potential revenue from financial alternatives available at the Federal, State, Regional, and local levels that could be available to fund the Plan 2040 RTP.
ARC and the Transportation Investment Act of 2010
ARC worked with the Atlanta Regional Roundtable, local jurisdictions and transportation agencies to determine the list of projects voted on through the Transportation Investment Act of 2010. A graduate student documented ARC's involvement in the process.
ARC and the Transportation Investment Act of 2010 (PDF)