Dickens has worked toward forming the department since March 2017, when a study was commissioned to assess Atlanta’s need for a transportation department.
Right now, the city’s transportation needs are addressed across three departments: the public works department, which repairs the city’s roads; the planning department, which designs them; and Renew Atlanta, which makes long-term investments in the city’s transportation infrastructure. Dickens said current employees will be reassigned to the department.
The transportation department will be divided into four offices — operations and maintenance; capital projects; mobility strategy, planning and performance; and an office of the commissioner, which will be responsible for creating and managing transportation projects, and overseeing maintenance issues and funding.
Dickens said part of the budget will allow for community input throughout the months-long rollout process.
“As we roll this out, communities can tell us how they want the department to communicate with them,” she said.
In the meantime, residents will still be able to send their transportation issues to atl311.com, which is a mobile app and a website where residents can notify the city of road issues or other non-emergency city service needs.
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In other news:
New technology at Hartsfield-Jackson is aimed at making it easier for travelers to get through the security checkpoint in the international terminal.
In two of the eight lanes at the international terminal security checkpoint for departing passengers, there are now CT (computed tomography) machines to screen carry-on bags using 3D imagery. That allows travelers to keep their laptops, iPads and quart-sized bags of permitted liquids in the carry-ons that go through screening, instead of having to remove those items and place them in the bin.
When announcing plans to roll out the new machines, Transportation Security Administration administrator David Pekoske said the technology “substantially improves TSA’s detection capability at the checkpoint.”-Kelly Yamanouchi