The Dougherty Area Regional Transportation Study (DARTS) Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is the intergovernmental transportation planning agency responsible for the City of Albany, Dougherty County, and the southern half of Lee County. DARTS conducts the federally mandated transportation processes for the Albany Urbanized Area as identified in the 2000 U.S. Census. The agency is composed of two advisory committees (Citizens’ Transportation Committee and Technical Coordinating Committee) and a decision-making committee (DARTS Policy Committee).
Major activities undertaken by DARTS include the development of the five year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP).
The TIP is updated annually and includes transportation projects with funding anticipated for the next five years. In contrast, the LRTP is typically updated every five years. The most recent LRTP, the 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), was approved by the DARTS Policy Committee in December 2009. Contained within the LRTP are both long range and short range projects which promote safe and efficient management, operation, and development of a feasible intermodal transportation system that will serve the needs of the people and freight within the Albany area. The LRTP encompasses a 25 year planning horizon. During the LRTP process, interested parties, including the general public, were given the opportunity to review and comment on the LRTP. Once comments were addressed, the LRTP was adopted by the DARTS Policy Committee. The LRTP is subject to administrative adjustment and amendments per the approval of the Policy Committee.