I agree with Portland's mayor only in part - the real "roadblock" (pun intended) is Georgia's Department of Transportation (and legislature's hostile relationship with MARTA) anti-mass transit/pro-road construction stance. IF it weren't for that, Atlanta would have been well on its way if not already ahead of Portland and other cities. And THAT probably has more to do with generational flux and flow of conservatism, nimby, white flight, etc. than the actual infrastructure challenges. You can throw up as many light-rail, bike trail, beltlines, streetcars etc. but if the purpose is to only benefit portions of the city's population depending on who or what that population looks like - you will always have under-serviced and undeveloped gaps in infrastructure.
Atlanta needs expansion of mass transit with at least 1 additional east-west line SOUTH of 20 and another NORTH of 20. From there each stop should have connecting shorter distance light-rail options that go north/south and are laid out in a way that easily connects or leaves minimal walking distance to pre-existing bus routes.
That's nice...can the app actually do basic things that have to do with the service. Like leveraging the NFC chips in the cards for remote uploading from your phone. Seems fairly obvious since if you rub it against the back of your NFC enabled phone now it triggers an action.
This article is kind of funny cause its subhead reads "moves closer to the heart of metro Atlanta"...
Umm, there is also another Super Walmart being built within a mile of Downtown in Vine City. So its pretty much already at the "heart" of the city.
It should be ONE agency for the entire state - or at least a mechanism that makes sure taxes pulled from the entire state PROPORTIONATELY apply to population/traffic loads. There are more cars and people for sports, entertainment, culture, hospitals, colleges, commerce - than most parts of the state see in a year (or many years).
Between Atlanta, Athens, Macon, Columbus, & Savannah none seem to have a proportionately funded transit budgets - and nothing close to regional highspeed transit. It is delaying the progress of the state as a whole. Traffic is choking the streets and diminishing the quality of life. People spend hours they could be with their families - sitting in cars or waiting for buses on already strapped system routes. Employers loose productivity when employees get in stressed from traffic, and leave earlier to avoid it. And those that move further out to escape the traffic - still spend hours commuting 5 days a week.
When you visit New York: Do you bemoan having to get a rental car to get around and sit through traffic...or do you hop on transit and get to wherever you need to like the locals? When you go to California, you can take BART, CalTrain, etc.
Atlanta...New York began this in the 19TH CENTURY. California in the 20th and still growing. And sadly, Charlotte, Seattle, Boston, D.C., Chicago or any major city in the country has eclipsed Atlanta's mass transit in maybe only 30 years. Not because they're special...but because they INVESTED in transit. Invest in MARTA. We are in the 21st century with a transit philosophy that is more akin to horse drawn buggies than it is about common sense mass transit.
Another hair salon/barbershop/fast food restaurant. A healthy grocery chain on the southside would be nice!
They should have applied for both. Atlanta has consistently ranked highest in worst traffic and pollution - despite being MUCH smaller in population to its comparative worst.
Even if you would have lost out on one, submitting for both would have indicated how sorely this city needs comprehensive transit and increased the chances for a bigger piece of the pie.
Lastly, that Downtown/Edgewood streetcar just serves an area already covered sufficiently with transit. BeltLine spans transit, walkable areas, greenspace - all which would serve to bolster the value of surrounding properties, attract more people to the city and its overabundance of unoccupied homes and blighted neighborhoods.
This city really needs to begin focusing on the BeltLine, since it covers the entire span of this city, and is more likely to fill the gaps of MARTA service cuts. Something tells me the majority of people affected by those cuts don't live in Downtown, Edgewood or anywhere between.
This was a REALLY bad decision.
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