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More Options for Your Perimeter Commute  

The population of the 4.2-square miles of the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts swells daily by a couple of hundred thousand workers, shoppers, visitors and pass through traffic.  Your PCIDs, MARTA, Perimeter Connects, GRTA, Georgia Department of Transportation and others are partnering to deliver daily commuters and employers a wider and more accessible array of transportation and transit options.
 
The Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) is offering new Express Bus service from several suburban counties directly to Perimeter Center, and the Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) is partnering with the online hired vehicle service, Uber, to take commuters each way of that last mile.
 
Expanded Xpress Bus Routes
GRTA Xpress bus service is a reliable, low-cost option for commuters to major employment centers. Three new routes to Perimeter originate in Cobb, Gwinnett and Forsyth counties.  There is a map of online satellite parking and pick up lots here.  

MARTA Now Uber Convenient
GRTA Express and MARTA riders no longer have to walk that last mile to their specific office address, as MARTA has launched a new relationship with Uber.  This first/last mile partnership offers door-to-door service for Perimeter workers.  And to increase Uber sampling and sweeten the deal, Uber is offering new users their first ride free (up to $20).  Unlike cab fare, Uber fares are negotiated and paid up front, including gratuity, at rates usually significantly cheaper than a conventional cab ride.  Commuters may access this deal through MARTA’s mobile app or online using the code MARTA.
 
FREE Wi-Fi on MARTA
Time now spent driving by the vast majority of several hundred thousand single occupancy vehicle commuters can also become more productive work time, and perhaps shorten the work day.  By April 2016, most all MARTA trains and 50 of MARTA's most trafficked bus lines will offer free wi-fi.  The installation in MARTA train tunnels is currently underway.  Within a year's time it is expected that wi-fi service will be available on the entire MARTA system bus and rail fleet.

PATH 400 Trail To Extend from Buckhead to Perimeter Center

New Trails Part of 285@400 Interchange Partnership


The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has agreed to extend the PATH 400 trail north from Buckhead to the Perimeter Center.  Construction of the trail extension should begin next year.  The new PATH trail will be one of only a handful nationwide built through a major interstate interchange.  The one-mile trail extension will connect Johnson Ferry Road to Peachtree-Dunwoody Road, with additional side paths to the west and north sides of the interchange.

The PATH Foundation and City of Sandy Springs are each pledging $1-million to construct the trail.  GDOT is making planning and engineering provisions for trail construction, but cannot use gasoline excise tax revenues for trail construction.  The PCIDs are additionally planning a cycle track along Peachtree-Dunwoody, connecting Johnson Ferry and Hammond Drive.  The City of Sandy Springs, PATH and the PCIDs will be developing additional side trails connecting Perimeter Mall, the adjacent State Farm campus and other major employers like Cox Enterprises to the new PATH trails.  Eventually all of these new trails will also connect to the Atlanta Beltline via a PATH 400 south extension out from the Lindbergh MARTA station.

Photo Round-Up






Cody Partin (Cox Enterprises) Chair of the Fulton CID board, making the presenting sponsor presentation on behalf of the 285@400 Interchange Partnership during the Atlanta Press Club's September Newsmaker Luncheon.

Yvonne Williams presents an Eagle Award to Chris RileyChief of Staff for Governor Nathan Deal, in recognition of his leadership and support of Georgia transportation initiatives.  PCID and PBA board members in attendance include (left to right) - John Heagy (Hines), Chair, Central DeKalb CID Board; Yvonne Williams, PCIDs CEO; Chris Riley; Cody Partin (Cox Enteprises) and Bob Voyles (Seven Oaks Company), Chair Perimeter Business Alliance.

Yvonne Williams visits with U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) at a meeting of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce in Macon.



Q. As a Perimeter area employer, how can I help my employees shorten or improve their commutes?

“Employers are now offering commuter benefits such as subsidized transit passes, access to flexible work schedules, and cash incentives for leaving their cars at home as the next level of benefits within their overall compensation package. When an employee feels like their alternative commute is supported and encouraged at a corporate level, there is an increase in job satisfaction and improved work/life balance.”  - Emily Haar, Program Manager Perimeter Connects 
Contact Emily at emily@perimeterconnects.com
  

**Sound-off will seek answers from community leaders, PBA members and property owners within the PCIDs on hot topics of the day.  Please feel free to send your suggested topic or question for future issues to Tammy Thompson, Director of External Affairs at tthompson@perimetercid.org

Introducing the Dunwoody/Perimeter Chamber



The Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber is growing. To better explain the growing number of large and small enterprises which they represent, the DPC has taken on a new name, relocated into new offices in the Dunwoody City Hall complex and is taking on several new initiatives. Their new offices are adjacent to the Dunwoody Convention and Visitor's Bureau at 41 Perimeter Center E #225, Dunwoody, GA 30346, (678) 244-9700. 
 
The re-branding is in recognition of the business organization's evolving mission, representing businesses in the City of Dunwoody, Perimeter Center and surrounding communities. The DPC also launched a new website, will soon publish a community and relocation guide and on Oct. 24, will hold its first formal black tie optional gala.
PCIDs Appoint Alex Chambers to Central DeKalb CID Board

The Perimeter Community Improvement Districts (PCIDs) are announcing the appointment of Alex Chambers, Regional Vice-President of KDC Real Estate and Development & Investments to their Central (DeKalb) CID board.

The Central (DeKalb) CID is part of the Perimeter Community Improvement District (PCIDs), two self-taxing districts which collect additional voluntary property taxes from business and commercial property owners across a 4.2 square mile area, incorporating two CIDs straddling Central DeKalb and Fulton counties and the vast majority of the Central Perimeter office sub-market.

Mr. Chambers joins the board from KDC, the developer of the southeastern headquarters and operation center for the State Farm Insurance campus under construction in Dunwoody, adjacent to the Dunwoody MARTA Station and just across from Perimeter Mall on Hammond Drive.  When completed, three 20-plus story towers will house an additional 2,000 State Farm employees (and a projected total of 8,000), as well as other tenants pre-leased including logistics and supply chain company, CHEP.

The Honorable U.S. Congressman Tom Price (R-Roswell) with members of the I-285 at 400 Interchange Partnership.


U.S. Congressman Tom Price (R-Roswell) discusses the federal budget and identifying a sustainable funding source for transportation at the Perimeter Business Alliance Leadership Luncheon in August. 
Atlanta Journal Constitution, Sept. 1, 2015
 
Atlanta Journal Constitution, Sept. 1, 2015

Metro Atlanta Water District lowers long-range demand forecast, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Sept. 4, 2015 

Price Governments Need to be Much More Creative to Find Highway Funds, Reporter Newspapers, Aug. 28, 2015

Tax Fix Could Solve Federal Highway Mess, Congressman Tom Price Campaign Website 
 
PCID Appoints Alex Chambers to Central DeKalb CID Board, Atlanta Business Chronicle, August, 14, 2015, Atlanta Business Chronicle, August 17, 2015, Dunwoody Crier, August 18, 2015

Perimeter Connects Has Commute Options for You, Reporter Newspapers, September 19, 2015
Perimeter Pathways, October 2015, Volume I., Issue 5

About Perimeter Business Alliance:  Formed by the Perimeter CIDs, as a broad consortium of business, civic and elected community leaders from across the three cities and two counties served by the Perimeter CIDs to seek input and feedback as well as build communications bridges and stronger relationships within the communities served.

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