A silly quick-fix solution that will do nothing to solve Atlanta's long-term problems? Why does history keep repeating itself in this town?
While the rise of walkable urban places is a great trend to see, the bigger issue is how to connect these WalkUPs to each other. Being able to walk to a coffee shop near your house is wonderful, but the bigger issue is how to move people from where they live to where they work. The rush hour commute is still where most people spend time alone in a car. We need more heavy rail to the WalkUPs in the northern and eastern suburbs, as well as light rail (i.e. Streetcar extensions) to connect downtown with both the Eastside and Westside portions of the Beltline.
So while I think it's great that more walkable neighborhoods are emerging, sprawl won't really end in Atlanta without a big, well-funded push to improve transit connectivity. Unfortunately, without some sort of additional funding source, it's going to be many years before this happens.
Out of all the news in the entire world, you're linking to random WSJ opinion pieces now? At least try to stick to items that your readership might actually find interesting.
What I find annoying is her argument that bike lanes shouldn't be "a transportation/commuting priority" because a small percentage of commuters currently bike to work. Maybe she doesn't understand the logic that more bike lanes = safer biking environment = more bicycling commuters?
I get that the north site is further away from Vine City station, but a "few blocks" is still within proximity to MARTA...even in Atlanta.
I like the work Keith Parker is doing at MARTA, but it's kind of sad how limited his options are. It's nice that they can reopen the bathrooms, increase police presence, and build a rudimentary scheduling app. But those are easy wins.
How about extending the system ? Nope. Bringing back shuttered bus routes? Can't do it b/c of lack of funds. Increased train frequency? Not a chance.
I do not envy Mr. Parker's situation.
I agree with JoeInAtlanta in principle that building out the Streetcar to Turner Field would make more sense than the maglev. My only concern would be about streetcar capacity. Would they able to carry enough fans on game day? MARTA currently has to jam dozens of buses at a time to deal with current ridership to Turner. Obviously they could consider ramping up schedule frequency for home games, but I'm still not sure it would be enough.
In the end, these are all pretty half-baked solutions. Why, oh why did we not build out MARTA to the stadium when we had the chance??
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