Cartersville-Bartow Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)


The Cartersville-Bartow Metropolitan Planning Organization (CB-MPO) is the intergovernmental transportation planning body for Bartow County. The CB-MPO conducts the federally mandated transportation planning process for the Cartersville Urbanized Area as identified in the 2010 U.S. Census.

An important part of this planning process is the public’s participation in developing long term goals and setting short term priorities for the County’s transportation system. We invite you to review the information and plans provided here, and provide us with your thoughts and feedback at anytime regarding the transportation issues facing our area.
As a new MPO, we must establish several documents that describe how we are going to move forward with the transportation planning process from this point on. These documents are in draft  and final form and available for your review using the link to 'Planning Documents' provided in the left column. We welcome your comments.
Please direct or send your comments to Tom Sills using the contact information provided on this page.

Local Government Presentation


Learn which project will affect you, and when, by using this online mapping tool.

Project Updates

Draft CBMPO FY 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program now open for Public Review and Comment

The list of projects to be funded during the FY 2018-2021 period is available for review and comment by the public for 30 days beginning June 21, 2017. At the close of the 30 days (July 21, 2017) these comments will be addressed and incorporated into the final version of the CBMPO FY 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program. This document will be reviewed by the Technical Coordinating Committee on July 26, 2017 and voted upon by the CBMPO Policy Committee on August 2, 2017. This information is posted in the legal section of the Cartersville Daily-Tribune.

Please send all comments directly to: 

Name:        Tom Sills, AICP
Phone:        (770) 607-6265
Mail:           Community Development Department
                   Bartow County

                   135 West Cherokee Avenue, 
                   Suite 124
                   Cartersville, GA 30120

Work on the US 411 Rome-Cartersville Development Corridor (PI# 13238) continues

Officials with the Georgia Department of Transportation announced today that the efforts to determine a final alignment for the project corridor are well underway. The consultanting firm, Hatch Mott McDonald, is planning to present their findings to the public in a series of meetings to be held later this year. The current project schedule is as follows:

 Summer 2017

 Citizen Advisory Committee meeting to review findings and gather input from a steering committee of affected governments, agencies and organizations

 Fall 2017

 Public Information Open House for the general public to drop in and have concerns heard and receive information about the project

 Late 2018

 The project concept is approved after receiving and evaluating all input received from the public and concerned agencies and organizations

 November 2020

 Begin the process of acquiring Right-of-Way on the route selected for the roadway.

 Late 2022

 Let the project to construction

With this timeline, it would be possible to have the public travelling on the new roadway sometime in 2025.

Information about the public input opportunities will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

Draft EIS for Atlanta-Chattanooga High Speed Rail project is available

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), in cooperation with GDOT and the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), has released a Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed Atlanta to Chattanooga High Speed Ground Transportation Project (the Project). The Project is a proposed, new high-speed intercity passenger rail service corridor that would connect Atlanta, Georgia and Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Tier 1 DEIS was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and its implementing regulations (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] Parts 1500-1508).

The Tier 1 DEIS, Executive Summary, and supporting background information are available on the project website at: The Tier 1 DEIS is a program-level document outlining the purpose and need for the Project; assesses all reasonable corridor alternatives for the proposed action, including a No-Build Alternative; provides a broad assessment of potential impacts; and presents the outcomes of public and agency coordination that were considered in the assessment and decision-making processes. If a corridor alternative is selected in the Tier 1 Final EIS/Record of Decision, the Project could advance into the Tier 2 NEPA process for further analysis. 

Information about Roundabouts

Roundabouts are a different form of intersection and are coming to a road near you.

Watch and learn how to drive through these improved, and safer, intersections:

How Roundabouts Work

Rome-Cartersville Development Corridor (Hwy 411) Information


US DOT Publishes FAST Act Final Rules for MPO Planning
The FAST Act is signed into law - what this federal transportation bill means for Georgia


Tom Sills, AICP
Transportation Planner

135 West Cherokee Avenue
Cartersville, Georgia 30120
1st Floor - Suite 124

Technical Coordinating Committee

Bartow County Administrative Center
Community Development Conference Room, Suite 124
135 W. Cherokee Avenue
Cartersville, GA 30120
Date: Third Wednesday of Each Month
Time: 10:00 am

January 18, 2017
February 15, 2017
March 15, 2017
April 26, 2017  Date Change
May 17, 2017  Cancelled
June 21, 2017 Cancelled
July 26. 2017  Date Change
August 16, 2017
September 20, 2017
October 18, 2017
November 15, 2017
December 20, 2017

Policy Committee
Bartow County Administrative Center
Community Development Conference Room, Suite 124
135 W. Cherokee Avenue
Cartersville, GA 30120
Date: Second month of each calendar quarter on the first Wednesday
Time: 2:00 pm

*Spring Meeting Date TBD
May 3, 2017
August 2, 2017
November 1, 2017

*Called meeting, as necessary