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CEE 3000A Sample Solution #3 Grade: A Very Good! Homework 1 Question 1(a) United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) USDOT regulates the nation’s transportation systems. They design and codify transportation infrastructure (roads, bridges, airports,etc.) throughout and between states. Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) GDOT plans, builds, and maintains the roads and bridges in Georgia, and provides assistance in planning other modes of transport such as mass transit lines and airports. GDOT also is responsible for licensing drivers in Georgia. Environmental Protection Division (EPD) of the Georgia Dep. Of Natural Resources EPD issues and enforces permits and statutes pertaining to water, air quality, hazardous waste, and others. EPD is charged with protecting Georgia’s natural resources. Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) ARC provides intergovernmental coordination and planning assistance for the 10-county metropolitan area of Atlanta for the purpose of expediting regional objectives and projects. Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) GRTA was created to assist the thirteen Atlanta-area counties that have been designated “nonattainment” for failing to meet federal pollution standards. GRTA collects data about air quality, mobility, etc. to help the counties measure their progress. Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) MARTA is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the MARTA transit lines and buses which serve throughout the metropolitan area. MARTA represents the majority of public transit in the Atlanta area. These agencies are stakeholders because they have a vested interest in ensuring that the transportation system for the Metro Atlanta community functions as smoothly as possible. The economy of Atlanta depends on people being able to get to and from work, lives depend on the condition of the roads, and if the agencies do not perform their tasks well their employees and managers risk losing their jobs.
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Question 2(a) A sustainable transportation system should have the following characteristics: it should be affordable; it should be accessible; it should be efficient; it should minimize pollution and negative environmental impacts; and it should minimize congestion. If the system is affordable and accessible, it is far more likely to be used. Efficiency in the system is desirable because it will lower costs and maximize benefits (Lovins 2005). Minimizing pollution will lower environmental and healthcare costs. Reducing congestion will result in fewer accidents, less pollution, and greater productivity (Zwingle 2002). Question 2(b)
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