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Destination2040 and Connect Gwinnett

Gwinnett County Transit (GCT) system began in 2001 by providing local bus and express commuter bus service in the community. In recent years, the County has conducted extensive planning efforts to understand current and future transit needs. These efforts began with Destination2040, Gwinnett County’s Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP), in 2015. The CTP determined that a more in-depth, comprehensive look at transit in the County than the CTP could produce would be needed, so Gwinnett embarked on Connect Gwinnett: Transit Plan—the first comprehensive look at transit in Gwinnett since the system’s inception. In 2018, Connect Gwinnett was adopted by the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners, who called for a March 2019 referendum to fund the plan’s recommendations through a one-cent sales tax that would have the GCT join MARTA’s system.

Prior to Destination2040 and Connect Gwinnett, the Community Improvement Districts along this corridor have also conducted transit studies, with the most recent study in 2016, Gwinnett Way.

2040 Unified Plan

Concurrent to Connect Gwinnett, the County also completed the 2040 Unified Plan, a comprehensive land use and future development plan that incorporated recent transportation plans into its recommendations. The 2040 Unified Plan leveraged Connect Gwinnett’s transit vision to provide recommendations to support the system through increased density along the I-85 corridor, define placemaking policies to foster a high quality of life, and establish other transit-supportive practices and policies. The 2040 Unified Plan was adopted in early 2019.

Transit Review Committee

When the March 2019 referendum failed to pass, the Board of Commissioners called for a Transit Review Committee (TRC), composed of community representatives, to provide a thorough review of Gwinnett’s transit needs and options, including an examination of Connect Gwinnett’s recommendations and other efforts.

ATL Regional Transit Plan Amendment

After considering the TRC’s recommendations in early 2020, the Board of Commissioners compiled a list of projects to submit to The Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (The ATL) for inclusion in the regional transit plan. Connect Gwinnett, the TRC recommendations and alternatives, and projects submitted to the ATL all included the Satellite Boulevard to Jimmy Carter Boulevard BRT corridor as the spine of major high capacity transit services in the County, providing much-needed alternative transportation services to provide options to commuting along the I-85 corridor.

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Destination2040 and Connect Gwinnett

Gwinnett County Transit (GCT) system began in 2001 by providing local bus and express commuter bus service in the community. In recent years, the County has conducted extensive planning efforts to understand current and future transit needs. These efforts began with Destination2040, Gwinnett County’s Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP), in 2015. The CTP determined that a more in-depth, comprehensive look at transit in the County than the CTP could produce would be needed, so Gwinnett embarked on Connect Gwinnett: Transit Plan—the first comprehensive look at transit in Gwinnett since the system’s inception. In 2018, Connect Gwinnett was adopted by the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners, who called for a March 2019 referendum to fund the plan’s recommendations through a one-cent sales tax that would have the GCT join MARTA’s system.

Prior to Destination2040 and Connect Gwinnett, the Community Improvement Districts along this corridor have also conducted transit studies, with the most recent study in 2016, Gwinnett Way.

2040 Unified Plan

Concurrent to Connect Gwinnett, the County also completed the 2040 Unified Plan, a comprehensive land use and future development plan that incorporated recent transportation plans into its recommendations. The 2040 Unified Plan leveraged Connect Gwinnett’s transit vision to provide recommendations to support the system through increased density along the I-85 corridor, define placemaking policies to foster a high quality of life, and establish other transit-supportive practices and policies. The 2040 Unified Plan was adopted in early 2019.

Transit Review Committee

When the March 2019 referendum failed to pass, the Board of Commissioners called for a Transit Review Committee (TRC), composed of community representatives, to provide a thorough review of Gwinnett’s transit needs and options, including an examination of Connect Gwinnett’s recommendations and other efforts.

ATL Regional Transit Plan Amendment

After considering the TRC’s recommendations in early 2020, the Board of Commissioners compiled a list of projects to submit to The Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (The ATL) for inclusion in the regional transit plan. Connect Gwinnett, the TRC recommendations and alternatives, and projects submitted to the ATL all included the Satellite Boulevard to Jimmy Carter Boulevard BRT corridor as the spine of major high capacity transit services in the County, providing much-needed alternative transportation services to provide options to commuting along the I-85 corridor.

To enlarge the timeline below, use the zoom function on your browser, press Ctrl + scroll on your mouse, or click on the image, which will open in a new window.