I would like the hundreds of consultants, city staff, politicians, neighborhood leaders, etc. to finally admit that building a light rail transit system in a loop along a ROW that is in large part completely abandoned is by no means a solution to the transportation needs of our city. The Beltline will be a phenomenal trail system, but it is not a realistic or intelligent solution for transit. It doesn't get people from where they live to where they work. THAT is the crucial component of any transit system. Alanta just doesn't have the critical mass or density to support a light rail system along the BeltLine ROW and likely never will.
Why wouldn't our city leaders look an efficient light rail or bus rapid transit system that actually focuses on the areas of our city that do have the density to support transit? It baffles me. We have developed corridors and nodes throughout this city that could sustain transit. The Beltline is an undeveloped loop that connects to 4 MARTA stations.
It's just silly.
A lovely and romantic vision of the future, but by no means a smart one.
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