Atlanta most desperately needs a "grown-up" public transportation system with trains that run every ten minutes, 24 hours a day and enough additional heavy or light rail that anyone inside the perimeter could easily commute to work, go to school, or go to a medical appointment via rail rather than using an automobile. It needs to accommodate cyclists and Moms with strollers as well as pet owners who need to transport their caged or well-behaved leashed pet.
Though it's slightly insane, I'd also like to see one night train car dedicated to passengers who've been imbibing alcohol. In my fantasy, the car would be marked so that non-drinkers could avoid it. Revelers could use the comparatively safer option of using public transportation to get home. I think it would be safer for the the individual who has consumed a bit much and safer for anyone that person might have encountered on the road. I realize this idea might be controversial though and I'd sacrifice it in negotiations for the provisions listed in my first paragraph.
I would like to expand on Kiteless' idea. The state of Georgia should go beyond funding MARTA. We should have a statewide system. I'd retain the Five Points hub and create secondary hubs in Athens and Milledgeville. Given an opportunity, I'd create the following lines:
Asheville, NC (w/NC's cooperation)- Athens- Milledgeville- Valdosta
Dahlonega- Athens- Augusta- Savannah- Valdosta
Dahlonega- Roswell- Sandy Springs- Atlanta
Atlanta- Birmingham (w/AL's cooperation)
Atlanta- Milledgeville- Savannah
Augusta- Milledgeville- Macon- Columbus
Dahlonega- Roswell- Marietta- Columbus- Albany- Valdosta
The idea makes more sense drawn out than listed. It would be a heavy rail "interstate". The various lines would create regions, in many cases vaguely triangular regions, within various connecting lines. People within these regions could decide whether they want any further services. For instance, would they want buses or rail to transport them within the region or to carry people to the closest train station? In-fill public transit issues would be left to local people to decide.
An interesting fact, currently we can travel by train from Atlanta to Savannah via Amtrak provided the passenger does not mind changing trains in Washington, D.C..
As for expanding MARTA, Gwinnett county will never, never vote to pay an extra penny for MARTA. One pass through the Doraville train station will reveal why. Seriously, visit the Doraville train station parking lot sometime and make a game of seeking Dekalb license plates.
I voted against T-SPLOST and I was influenced by the Sierra Club as well as the Tea Party, the NAACP, Creative Loafing articles and comments following the articles. I don't think any of us here, even those of us who did vote for T-SPLOST, would have been happy had it passed. Too little within the plan was nailed down; too much was entirely too nebulous. I think opponents would have had the bitter non-pleasure of being right and supporters would have ended up feeling betrayed.
I feel so much safer knowing that the police are always on hand to arrest riff-raff like ministers and Quakers while the banks illegally foreclose upon, that is steal, property all over the country with little or no consequences.
Georgia Power is a company that is, apparently, run by people who don't even have the good sense to act in pursuit of greed. Georgia Power had ample opportunity to invest in Solar Power, but chose to dump ratepayers money into the would-be Fukushima of Georgia otherwise known as Plant Vogtle. A nuclear power plant is expensive to build, expensive to run, expensive to maintain, and expensive as hell to keep safe. Nuclear is a bad business decision from start to finish. In contrast, Solar increasingly offers the consumer a better value with much lower maintenance and safety costs than comparable energy sources.
Countered Clayman: 'What if a coordinated team of six criminals breaks into my house? ..."
Is this guy expecting a SWAT team?
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