Great editorial Thomas and quality discussion in this thread.
MARTA should definitely be a focus moving forward and I agree with much of Joe's list. As a fan of marta, I'm curious if anyone knows what they have been using the 50/50 funds on since the rule has been temporarily lifted. I'm not sure if there is a documented list, but it might give more people faith in why the restriction should be lifted in the future.
"The best transit is what gets people around a city, not what caters to people outside the city trying to come in. Real cities have extensive transit within the core of the city."
This was a great quote. While there may not be trains for awhile, the opening of the Eastside trail should show Atlantans a glimpse of the connectivity with the Beltline.
@kiteless I thought I remembered the 50/50 being lifted for a few years, but I wasn't sure if that was over already. I'm in favor of the 50/50 restriction being lifted for good, but does anyone know what improvements MARTA has made with the temporary extra budget so far?
As others previously stated, distance-based fares seem necessary. As much as I used to love traveling from Brookhaven to the Airport for $5-6 round trip, I'd gladly pay more and it would likely still be cheaper than parking, gas, traffic, etc. I haven't seen a good explanation of how the hotel/motel tax works, but it really seems like some of that money should be going to MARTA. A good portion of tourists are certainly taking the train to their downtown hotel for conferences, conventions and whatever else brings them to Atlanta.
Yesterday, my wife overheard someone in Midtown talking about TSPLOST say "wouldn't that just cause more construction?", just after that same person said "wait, there is a vote today?". Yay Atlanta.
I rented an apartment in Lindbergh for 2 1/2 years and walked to MARTA everyday for work in Midtown. Crossing Piedmont to get to the station was a daily death wish that would only get worse if Walmart or any big box retailer were built in place of the current apartments. Besides the 85/400 mess nearby, Lindbergh drive is almost alway backed up with people heading toward Cheshire Bridge and the recent mega church makes traffic a nightmare.
Lindbergh is far from its transit oriented potential and at least the NPU recognizes that. A Trader Joe's or small market would be a nice complement to what Target is adding. I doubt Publix would be interested with the Peachtree Hills store and another nearby.
Childish Gambino is postponed until June 10th. Hopefully, DB will still be opening in June.
Yeah, I'm gonna need to hear more Night Sun. Quite addictive.
Great interview. Really looking forward to seeing these guys set things off on Saturday.
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