Looks like a desperate attempt to find a problem their solution can solve. The beltline group is in love with light rail. The beltline concept is an economic development idea that has nothing to do with transit. The rest of the region doesn't want to fund Atlanta's politically connected developers.
The reality is there is low density and almost no destinations along the beltline. If there was, extending Marta through the beltline would make more sense. But no, Marta is "inconsistent" with the neighborhoods (ignoring the fact that this is a former heavy rail line that was there before the neighborhoods and co-existed with them for decades). These people fought very hard against Amtrak using the beltline.
If there was a transit solution that made sense along the beltline it would be dedicated bus lanes. That could serve a variety of actual transit users and do so at a vastly reduced cost. Instead, Atlanta wants to support developers with street cars and light rail while cutting 40% of bus service to people who rely on transit.
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