Gainesville-Hall Regional Transportation Plan: 2020 Update

I. Project Introduction 

The Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization (GHMPO) is in the process of updating its Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) that covers all of Hall County and the western portion of Jackson County. In order to remain compliant with both federal and state requirements, the RTP is updated every five years. The RTP update will cover a 30-year period from 2020 to 2050. This update will provide a “roadmap” for GHMPO’s transportation investments by prioritizing needs across the planning boundary. 

The GHMPO is partnering with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), and the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) in this endeavor. Local GHMPO planning partners include Hall County, Jackson County, the Town of Braselton, the City of Hoschton, the City of Buford, the Town of Clermont, the City of Flowery Branch, the City of Gainesville, the City of Gillsville, the City of Lula, and the City of Oakwood.

The plan will include an assessment of the current conditions and future needs of the transportation infrastructure based on population, household, school enrollment, and employment projections for the region. Safety concerns as well as traffic congestion will be studied to understand where improvements are needed. Based on this analysis, a list of projects will be developed with short, mid, and long-term horizon years to best address the transportation needs over the next 30 years. Finally, the 2020 RTP will recommend a financially-constrained list of transportation projects for implementation, based on available funding, to address the area's transportation needs over the next 30 years.

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A key part of the planning processes for the 2020 RTP Update is public involvement. Throughout the life of the project, we will be soliciting input from interested citizens, business owners, and stakeholders in the community in order to understand current conditions and future needs. There will be an online survey and two public involvement events at the outset of the study. These events will coincide with already scheduled community gatherings. There will also be two public meetings to present transportation needs and the potential project list close to the end of the study. We hope to see you at one of these meetings!  Please check this website often for project updates and sign up to receive periodic updates from the study team.


II. Project Schedule

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III. Stakeholder Outreach

  • Pop-Up Meetings – The project team will set up a booth at two community events. The booth will provide an opportunity for the public to learn more about the project and ask questions of the technical team. The meeting locations and times will be posted here once confirmed.
    • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Annual Transportation Forum
      • March 7, 2019; 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM; UNG Gainesville Campus
    • Gainesville Spring Chicken Festival
    • Hispanic Alliance of Georgia 2nd Annual Feria de Salud y Expo             (Health Fair and Expo)
Community Meeting on April 13, 2019
Gainesville Spring Chicken Festival on April 27, 2019
  • Online Survey – The project team gathered information from people who live, work, and travel through the GHMPO planning area. An online survey was conducted from March 1 through June 9, 2019. We appreciate those who participated and provided valuable input.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
  • Flyer -  An informational flyer about the RTP 2020 update online survey has been created in both English and Spanish. See below. This flyer will be distributed to local jurisdictions and businesses in order to maximize the publicity of the plan and survey. 

IV. Technical Plan Development

The project team will update and create the following documents throughout the course of this project.  Please check back to review draft and final documentation of the following items: