Since the residents of Atlanta proper are potentially paying even more for MARTA, which often ends up for the convenience of those that don't live here, why not implement some sort of discount card (much like the current handicapped and 65+ cards) for those that can prove they live in the city (or taxable MARTA area). That way the residents that actually subsidize MARTA via sales taxes could get a discount, and those that treat our streets and breathable air like their convenient sewer could pay for what they use.
A recent study has shown that light rail works quite well when it goes from point A to point B. Right now, the streetcar is already circulates around one of those points, but not both. It needs to be expanded so the downtown area can be a true destination from somewhere else, that way it goes from somewhere, to somewhere. As I understand, that's in the works, but it does take time and money.
Extension of this system will be far easier than the current build-out which occurred on the older city streets with multiple layers of underground utilities. With that, if the state, with NO experience in light rail, and ALL experience in automobiles, puts the kibosh on the streetcar, we are doomed to be a dying city in a sea of exhaust belching automobiles.
I hate to be completely pessimistic, but am wondering which one of these esteemed Atlanta establishments will be the first to close their SunTrust Park location due to lack of real year round business.
If we all think that way, then things will never improve.
Change has to start somewhere. It's not all about 'me'.
Although many in the Balkan States surrounding Atlanta that think of nothing outside their territorial boundaries, it is good that someone will consider not just on the local effects of planning, but the regional outcomes.
I sincerely hope he works with the folks that actually live in the city to reduce the effects of overzealous developers, and poorly planned projects.
So because GaPower didn't manage their subcontractors well, the customers will have to pay additional financing costs. Yep, sounds like business as usual.
@Ade West End,
Thanks for the information - the news seems to make this into something it's not.
Apparently this is worth watching, and there will be more to the story than the media is divulging at the moment.
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