World Class Infrastructure ARC
To remain competitive and support anticipated growth, the Atlanta region must develop and maintain world-class infrastructure. This includes building a comprehensive transportation network that incorporates regional transit, and securing a sustainable, long-term supply of clean water. The 10-county Atlanta region is expected to add 2.5 million people between 2015 and 2040. Careful planning and robust investment is needed to ensure metro Atlanta has the infrastructure needed for a successful future.
Ensuring a comprehensive transportation network, incorporating regional transit and 21st century technology
The Atlanta region was born as a transportation hub and remains a logistics center, boasting the nation’s ninth-largest public transit system, the convergence of three major Interstate highways, and the world’s busiest airport. Developing this robust infrastructure took proactive planning and investment.
The challenge of maintaining and expanding our region’s transportation systems is greater than ever, as metro Atlanta’s population is expected to grow by 50 percent by 2040, to 8 million. The Atlanta Region’s Plan includes an $85 billion investment in our region’s transportation infrastructure, providing new choices for residents and keeping our economy competitive.
A clean abundant water supply is vital to the continued prosperity of the Atlanta region. Innovative approaches for better managing the supply and quality of our water resources support economic growth while also preserving the region’s natural resources. This type of integrated water management, which includes a robust education program, is a key focus of the Metro Water District’s 2016 Plan Update.
In planning for future investments in the Atlanta region’s infrastructure, new approaches, such as addressing resiliency, must be considered to ensure those investments can adapt to changing conditions. Innovative practices, such as green infrastructure which better mimics natural conditions, is a nationally recognized approach for protecting water resources and infrastructure from current and future challenges. The Atlanta Region’s Plan encourages coordination between governmental bodies to develop sustainable solutions that safeguard public expenditures.