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Is Atlanta Ready for a High-Tech Future?

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Is Atlanta Ready for a High-Tech Future?

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Melissa Roberts, Community Engagement Manager of ARC’s Transportation Access & Mobility Division.

by Melissa Roberts, Community Engagement Coordinator of ARC’s Transportation Access & Mobility Division

Google forecasts that technological change will occur at a rate four times faster over the next 20 years than we have experienced in the past 20 years. That’s a lot of fast-paced change! The Atlanta Regional Commission is considering the impact of technology and innovation on the way we live, work and travel, and we want to hear your thoughts as well.

What do you think of a future where driverless cars will be available in the next 10 years? How would better, faster teleworking technology impact the way you live and work?  Or what if you had an app on your phone that would match your transportation need with the most appropriate and efficient mode available (think bus, Uber, taxi, etc.)? If additional transit-connected employment centers emerge in the south, east and west of the region, how would this impact you?

These questions and more are posed in a new survey being conducted by the Atlanta Regional Commission. This survey follows up on the one conducted last summer, which gathered more than 8,000 responses. The first survey asked regional residents to identify and prioritize metro Atlanta’s biggest challenges. You can view survey results and comments from the Region’s Plan Survey Phase I on ARC’s website. This second survey focuses on new technologies that may impact where and how we travel and live over the next 25 years.

Input from this survey will be used to help ARC develop The Region’s Plan of investment strategies and performance metrics that will guide public policies related to issues of transportation, land use, water quality, workforce development, aging and health resources. In short, The Region’s Plan is a vision to ensure growth and a high quality of life for everyone in the metro Atlanta region.

The Region's Plan Survey Phase II

The Region’s Plan Survey Phase II

The survey is visual, interactive and brief. It allows for open-ended comments throughout. ARC will continue to conduct these surveys over the course of updating The Region’s Plan, set to be adopted in the spring of 2016. The Region’s Plan Survey Phase II is open now through the end of March 2015. Take the survey and share it. We want to know what you think!

What are your thoughts?