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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.


 FY24 UPWP Call For Projects

The Dougherty Area Regional Transportation Study (DARTS)  is accepting nominations for transportation planning funding activities for the FY 2024 Unified Planning Work Program or UPWP. The Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) provides federal funds for transportation planning activities undertaken by DARTS and its member jurisdictions. 


The allocation of UPWP funds has an 80/20 match requirement.  These funds will be an agreement as to how DARTS will utilize available planning funds for the following year.


DARTS offers planning funds related to three general areas of interest:

  • Physical improvements to the transportation system
  • Non-infrastructure transportation services and programs
  • Integration of transportation and land-use


Current activities/projects for FY 2024 include:

  • 2050 MTP


All requests should be submitted by 5 PM on Monday, October 31st, 2022.  Please email or


DARTS Regional Freight Profile_(Draft)

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.

FY22 List of Obligated Projects

The Annual List of Obligated Projects Report lists all transportation projects in the Dougherty Area Regional Transportation Study (DARTS) planning area to which funds were obligated during each federal fiscal year. Obligation is defined as the Federal government’s legal commitment to pay the Federal share of a project’s cost. An obligated project is one that has been authorized by the federal agency and funds have been obligated. Below are lists of projects in the DARTS area for which federal funds have been obligated.


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Upcoming Events

Jan 18 2023
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Citizens’ Transportation Committee Meeting (Quarterly)

240 Pine Ave, Suite 380
Jan 19 2023
8:00 am - 10:00 am

Technical Coordinating Committee (Quarterly)

240 Pine Ave, Suite 380
Jan 19 2023
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Policy Committee (Quarterly)

240 Pine Ave, Suite 380
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