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  • The areas that fail to meet EPA air quality standards are called non-attainment areas These standards were Non-attainment areas extend from Macon to the Tennessee and Alabama borders
  • As adults, we breathe more than 3,000 gallons of air each day; 20x per minute; enough to fill 10 million balloons over a lifetime. The air we breathe is the same air our children breathe, but poor air quality has a more profound effect on children. Due to their developing lungs and active lifestyles children take in more air than adults because they breathe faster and more deeply allowing the pollution to affect more sensitive areas of their lungs. One in six households in Georgia has a child with asthma. Research indicates that ER visits show a 37% increase in visits following a Smog Alert day. Asthma is the cause behind the highest percentage of admissions to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
  • Atlanta Financial Center Presentation

    1. 2. <ul><ul><li>The Buckhead Area Transportation Management Association (BATMA) works cooperatively with community partners to improve mobility, accessibility and air quality in Buckhead by sponsoring programs and providing incentives to encourage commuters to take transit, carpool, vanpool, telework, bike and walk to work. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Over 60 businesses </li></ul><ul><li>Over 20 property management firms </li></ul><ul><li>Over 3,000 commuters </li></ul>Our Mission
    2. 3. What we do <ul><li>Community Services </li></ul><ul><li>Commuter Services </li></ul><ul><li>Employer Services </li></ul>
    3. 4. Community Services PIEDMONT ROAD @ LINDBERGH DRIVE (SOUTHBOUND) PIEDMONT ROAD @ TOWER PLACE DRIVE (NORTHBOUND) A fast, frequent and FREE way to make tracks around Buckhead.
    4. 5. *Commute Calculator
    5. 6. Why? <ul><li>Save money </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Metro Atlanta has of the most expensive commute in the country </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Metro Atlanta commuters spend about 22% of their income on gas and other car related expenses </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Save Time </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Atlanta experiences 7.8 hours of &quot;Rush Hour&quot; per day </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Save your health </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Every additional 30 minutes a person spends in a car translates into a 3% greater chance of being obese </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>44% say that rush-hour traffic is the most stressful part of their life </li></ul></ul>
    6. 7. <ul><li>Hidden Costs of Commuting </li></ul>
    7. 8. Environmental Impact <ul><li>Air quality is a metro-wide problem – you can even say it’s a statewide issue </li></ul><ul><li>Currently 28 counties in GA fail to meet air quality standards </li></ul>
    8. 9. Health Impacts of Air Pollution <ul><li>It triggers asthma attacks in our vulnerable populations </li></ul><ul><li>It causes difficulty breathing for many otherwise healthy people </li></ul><ul><li>Atlanta ERs report a 37% increase in asthma related visits following Smog Alert days </li></ul>
    9. 10. <ul><li>Carpool </li></ul><ul><li>Vanpool </li></ul><ul><li>Transit </li></ul><ul><li>Telework </li></ul><ul><li>Alternative Work Schedules </li></ul><ul><li>Bike </li></ul><ul><li>Walk </li></ul>Alternative commute options…
    10. 11. Carpool <ul><li>It only takes two or more commuters riding in a personal vehicle to form a carpool </li></ul><ul><li>Carpools are flexible </li></ul><ul><li>You don’t have to carpool everyday – Carpooling 1 day a week will reduce your commute costs by 20% </li></ul><ul><li>BATMA will help find you find a partner </li></ul>
    11. 12. Vanpool <ul><li>An arrangement by which a group of 7 – 15 people commute to work in a van leased by a 3 rd party provider </li></ul><ul><li>Vanpools operate like mini-transit services & run on a set schedule </li></ul><ul><li>Have a flat fare of </li></ul>The price includes gas, insurance and maintenance $75 $90 $100
    12. 13. Can’t find one that works for you? <ul><li>A new van can start at any time from any place </li></ul><ul><li>11 people are needed to start a new van, including those who volunteer to drive </li></ul><ul><li>BATMA will work with you using the regional database to find riders </li></ul>
    13. 14. Transit
    14. 15. Alternative Work Schedule Your commute will look like this… Instead of this
    15. 16. Telework <ul><li>Teleworking replaces travel to and from work with working at home or another location on a full or part time basis </li></ul><ul><li>Many employees telework only once or twice per week </li></ul><ul><li>Teleworking is the only commute option that completely eliminates air pollution and significantly reduces traffic congestion </li></ul><ul><li>Georgia was the first state in the country to offer employers a tax credit for teleworking </li></ul><ul><li>Essential for emergency business continuity plans </li></ul>
    16. 17. Bike / Walk <ul><li>Bikes are allowed on MARTA and the buc </li></ul><ul><li>Discounted Confident City Cycling classes taught by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition </li></ul><ul><li>On average, every minute of walking can extend your life by 1.5 to 2 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Walking an extra 20 minutes each day will burn off 7 pounds of body fat per year. </li></ul>
    17. 18. It must have been something I ate… Guaranteed Ride Home provides commuters who carpool, vanpool, bike or use transit with a reliable ride home if an unexpected event occurs up to 5 trips home or to their car each year.     <ul><li>Provided by the RideSmart division of the Atlanta Regional Commission </li></ul><ul><li>•  Provided if you or your carpool partner/vanpool driver need to work mandatory unscheduled overtime </li></ul><ul><li>Provided if you or your carpool partner/vanpool driver need to leave work early unexpectedly for personal situations </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>Federal funding for the GRH program is provided through the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT).
    18. 19. Incentives
    19. 20. <ul><li>Provide you with marketing materials </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct onsite events; lunch and learns, lunch room displays, etc </li></ul><ul><li>Help starting or expanding a telework program with free consulting from a nationally recognized consultant with over 25 years experience </li></ul><ul><li>As a tenant in Atlanta Financial Center, our services are free to you </li></ul>Employer Services
    20. 21. Employer Services Tax Benefits <ul><li>Federal Tax Code – Commuter Choice </li></ul><ul><li>Federal Tax Code allows employers to provide tax-free transit and vanpool benefits for their employees up to $230 a month </li></ul><ul><li>Tax incentive programs can have a positive impact on your payroll tax liability </li></ul><ul><li>An organization of any size is eligible </li></ul><ul><li>The “benefits are exempt from anti-discriminatory requirements.” Employers do not have to offer the program to all sites and employers can even specify which employees can receive the benefit. </li></ul><ul><li>Employers may start the program at any time. </li></ul>
    21. 22. I85 / 400 Connector Ramps
    22. 23. I85 Express Lanes
    23. 24. Livable Buckhead, Inc. Mission: Livable Buckhead, Inc. strives to ensure the long term vitality and prosperity of the Buckhead community by working cooperatively with individuals, public entities and private businesses to integrate into everyday life and business sustainable strategies that improve the environment and  quality of life in the community. Programmatic Overview: <ul><li>Sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Resource Conservation </li></ul><ul><li>Social and Cultural Vibrancy </li></ul><ul><li>Access + Mobility </li></ul><ul><li>Greenspace </li></ul><ul><li>Public Health and Safety </li></ul><ul><li>Housing </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation </li></ul>
    24. 25. Livable Buckhead, Inc. <ul><li>Buckhead Greenspace Action Plan: </li></ul><ul><li>Buckhead is the lowest “parked” district in the entire city </li></ul><ul><li>City Councilman Howard Shook spearheaded the initiative for change </li></ul><ul><li>Working cooperatively with BCID, Buckhead Coalition, and BATMA </li></ul>Buckhead Eco Collection: <ul><li>A two day event that was open to Buckhead businesses and residents </li></ul><ul><li>Safely disposed of electronics, unused paint, expired medicines and other items that could not safely be placed in the regular trash pick up </li></ul><ul><li>Collected over 20,000 lbs of paint </li></ul><ul><li>Collected over 25,000 lbs of electronics </li></ul>
    25. 26. Resources <ul><li> BATMA </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> “the buc” </li></ul><ul><li> Livable Buckhead </li></ul><ul><li> Buckhead CID </li></ul><ul><li> Ridematch </li></ul><ul><li> MARTA </li></ul><ul><li> Gwinnet Co. Transit </li></ul><ul><li> Xpress Bus </li></ul><ul><li> Cobb Co. Transit </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] Tony Peters </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] Scott Cantrell </li></ul>
    26. 27. Questions? Special thanks to: Hines & City Club of Buckhead