Dougherty Area Regional Transportation Study
A Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is a federally mandated and federally funded transportation policy making organization that is made up of representatives from local government and governmental transportation authorities. The Dougherty Area Regional Transportation Study (DARTS) was formalized in 1965 as a Continuous, Comprehensive and Cooperative Process as was initially authorized in the Highway Act of 1962.
The purpose of the Dougherty Area Regional Transportation Study (DARTS) is to ensure that federal-aid transportation projects are planned in a continuous, coordinated, and comprehensive manner. The study area of DARTS, the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), includes the existing urbanized area for the City of Albany, Dougherty County, the City of Leesburg, the southern half of Lee County, and those areas that are expected to become urbanized over the next 20 years.
The Dougherty Area Regional Transportation Study (DARTS) has developed a Regional Freight Profile to ensure consistency with federal freight planning guidelines and better position DARTS to improve goods movement in the Albany region. The locally-driven planning process focused on gaining consensus on freight priorities to promote regional economic competitiveness. The plan addresses roadway, rail, and air cargo movement in the DARTS study area, which includes the City of Albany, Dougherty County, and the southern part of Lee County.