Marietta-based Croy Engineering has been tasked with project management of a transit study that will examine mass transportation options that could improve traffic along the Interstate 75 and U.S. 41 corridors.
Kennesaw–along with Acworth, Northeast Cobb, Marietta and Smyrna–is among the partners in the regionwide project, which will involve dozens of private companies and beneficiaries, as well as millions of tax dollars.
Cobb Transportation Director Faye DiMassimo held the floor for the majority of this week's Kennesaw City Council meeting and updated the council on the progress of the study, which is estimated to take 18 to 24 months.
DiMassimo said potential benefits of a regional mass transit system include congestion relief on major interstates, particularly I-75, and job growth in accordance with the labor needs. She also said a mass transit system would make it easier to reach the consumers in all corners of the area.
The alternatives analysis is funded by a $1.36 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration. Cobb County was one of 21 applicant counties selected from a list of 70 to receive a grant for research.
Beneficiaries of the project include Cobb County, , the Town Center community improvement district and MARTA.
The project will involve several private companies. While Croy Engineering has been awarded project management, others–including Cambridge Systematics and Jacobs Engineering–will be tasked with segments of the project.
The study is one of more than 20 development projects currently under construction and in design in Cobb County.