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This collective statistic determines the state of Metro Atlanta’s transportation network. The key benefit of the Atlanta Transportation Performance Index is how the quantity of calculations and reports are significantly decreased. The four indices assist in representing if the transportation network within Metro Atlanta is undergoing any changes. In 2009, the roadway emissions index rose to 168 which was nearly a 75 percent improvement compared to the index from 2002. Due to the growing global economy and competitiveness, “the markets will naturally favor choices that generate wealth, protect the climate and build real security by replacing fossil fuels with cheaper alternatives” (Lovins 36). A performance measure for safety is traffic crash fatalities. In 2001, there were 494 deaths related to traffic crashes and in 2006, this number reached 542 deaths. However, 377 deaths were recorded in the year 2009. The state of Georgia has incorporated the Governor’s
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4 Strategic Highway Safety Plan in order to reduce the amount of deaths related to crashes. This plan is an attempt to help lessen the number of fatalities by at least 41 fatalities every year. 22 agencies are involved in the safety plan which consist of a safety program data investigation and 14 task team action programs. Overall, the state of Georgia has drastically reduced the number of deaths from 1,693 in the year 2006 to 1,284 in 2009. The number of deaths from accidents could be linked to the labor force in our health services. For instance, the “public health workforce, even when broadly defined, is deficient both in numbers and competencies” (Beaglehole and Bonita 2008). Another possible issue Metro Atlanta may have to face is the differences in the “social, economic, and political mechanism that lead to social stratification according to income, education, occupation, gender, and race or ethnicity” (Beaglehole and Bonita 2008). C. Based on the implementations and improvements Metro Atlanta’s transportation system has undergone, I feel as though such changes have been significant and beneficial for the Metro Atlanta community. In terms of mobility, the Georgia Department of Transportation has installed cameras throughout the freeways of Metro Atlanta in order to determine the times and areas of high traffic. By doing so, areas with unusually high or low volumes of vehicles can be improved in order to polish the city’s mobility. The air quality of Atlanta has also been improving steadily due to the decreasing number of miles traveled daily. This attribute demonstrates how a growing number of individuals have gained awareness of their daily driving. Carpooling, living closer to their jobs, and more available public transit are all plausible reasons why the daily miles traveled are steadily declining. Furthermore, due to Georgia Environmental Protection Division’s automobile emissions examinations, their clean fuel implementation, and the development of automobiles with emission control mechanics have contributed to a cleaner environment. Atlanta was also expected to follow the ozone
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  • Fall '07
  • Meyer
  • Atlanta, Atlanta metropolitan area, travel time index, metro Atlanta

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