MACORTS was formed in 1969 and included all of Athens-Clarke County. In 1980 the northern half of Oconee County was added. The southern portion of Madison County was added in 2003. Small portions of Oglethorpe and Jackson Counties were added in 2013, though they opted not to participate in the planning process. MACORTS is responsible for implementing the 3-C (comprehensive, cooperative, and continuing) transportation planning process. The organization is composed of a Policy Committee and a Technical Coordinating Committee. MACORTS is one of 16 Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) in Georgia.
The Policy Committee consists of 8 Voting Members (2 non-voting members). The voting members consist of representatives from Madison County, Clarke County, Oconee County, University of Georgia, and the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT). The MACORTS Chairmanship is rotated between Madison County, Oconee County and Athens-Clarke County Chief Elected Officials. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month, on an as needed basis.
The Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC) is composed of staff from Madison County, Athens-Clarke County, Oconee County, University of Georgia, and Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The A-CC Planning Department Director is permanent Chairman of the TCC. The TCC is a recommending body to the MACORTS Policy Committee. TCC meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month on an as needed basis.
Athens-Clarke County Planning Department is designated as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) by the Governor of Georgia. The Planning Department, in conjunction with GDOT, is responsible for carrying out the transportation planning process as mandated under federal legislation.
Transportation Planning Process is required by federal law for all urban areas over 50,000 in population. All transportation projects in this area which utilize federal funds must go through a process in which they are adopted into a regional transportation plan / Long Range Transportation Plan. The projects that are in this plan are, over time, put into the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for implementation.
MACORTS Primer: MACORTS most frequently asked questions form is available for dowload as an Adobe Reader (.pdf) file.