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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.

Metropolitan Transportation Plan Public Meetings – March 19

The Dougherty Area Regional Transportation Study (DARTS) Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is updating its Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) to reflect transportation infrastructure and policy needs through horizon year 2050. The MTP will include short and long-term strategies and actions for the development of an integrated transportation system to facilitate the movement of people and goods. The plan will address improvement investment needs for all modes of transportation including roadways, biking and walking facilities, and public transportation. The DARTS study area includes the City of Albany, Dougherty County, the City of Leesburg, and the southern part of Lee County.

On Tuesday, March 19, DARTS will hold two public meetings to present the current conditions and to receive input on needs and potential improvements.  The community is encouraged to attend.

Public Meeting


Tuesday March 19, 2024

2:00-3:30 pm

Dougherty County Tag Office

240 Pine Avenue, Room 380

Albany, GA 31701


Public Meeting


Tuesday March 19, 2024

5:00-7:00 pm

East Albany Police Department

East Oglethorpe Classroom

1721 East Oglethorpe Boulevard

Albany, GA 31705

DARTS encourages the community to complete a survey about transportation needs and opportunities available at Community involvement is vital to ensure the development of a plan which achieves comprehensive and equitable transportation investment in the DARTS area.

Stakeholders responsible for implementation and members of the community are encouraged to participate throughout the plan development process.  The plan update began during fall of 2023 and a draft of the final plan is anticipated to be available for public review and comment in October 2024

DARTS Project Status

GDOT Project Status as of December 14th, 2023. Please contact Tanner Anderson at for more information. 



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Upcoming Events

Mar 19 2024
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

2050 MTP Public Meeting

240 Pine Ave, Suite 380
Mar 19 2024
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

2050 MTP Public Meeting

East Albany Police Department
Apr 17 2024
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Citizens’ Transportation Committee (Quarterly Meeting)

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