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Old August 30th, 2016, 01:17 AM   #301
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Atlanta Streetcar offering free rides on Tuesday

Ever wanted to ride the Atlanta Streetcar, but just didn’t have the time or money[...]
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Old August 30th, 2016, 02:24 AM   #302
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The Atlanta streetcar is a colossal embarrassment LOL.
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Old September 9th, 2016, 09:04 PM   #303
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Old September 9th, 2016, 09:49 PM   #304
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The Atlanta streetcar is a colossal embarrassment LOL.
The streetcar is truly struggling, but anyone thinking it alone would prove a golden ticket in transit fails to grasp the context of the situation. The City faced a "Use it or lose it" scenario with regards to the federal funding to support a streetcar project, then local politics and a small degree of road construction schedule forced the selection of the particular route, wherein a key faction wanted to try and use this line to build tourism to the historic MLK district. Ideally one of the routes further north connecting Tech and Midtown/Piedmont Park would've been selected but that wasn't an option at that point in time.

This is but one of several routes that will provide horizontal spurs reaching off of the central spine that is the north-south heavy rail. If Atlanta is to ever sustain their evolving urbanity they need to continue growing their rail options, getting residents, visitors and developers more experienced in local transit. Viewed in isolation the streetcar is not a success, but if the full vision is to be realized we need every incremental step possible.
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Old September 23rd, 2016, 12:02 PM   #305
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Atlanta hiring contractor to keep streetcar running


A $2 million contract for emergency on-call repairs and maintenance has been approved for the overhead electric lines and traction power substations of the Atlanta Streetcar[...]
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Old September 23rd, 2016, 08:45 PM   #306
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Atlanta's MARTA rail system is currently 49.21 miles long. Dallas's DART rail system is currently 90.09 miles long. Enough said. (Streetcar miles not counted.)
Yes, but Atlanta's MARTA is a full subway system. Dallas's DART is only a Light rail system that run on the street with crossing at grade, traffic lights etc. It's impossible to compare a subway with a LRT because a subway is more efficient, more fast and more comfortable.
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Old September 28th, 2016, 09:43 AM   #307
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Atlanta gets $500K to plan future Streetcar corridors

Atlanta has won a $500,000 Federal Transit Administration grant to plan future land uses along 16 miles of an expanded Atlanta Streetcar system.

The City Council recently passed an ordinance authorizing the mayor’s office to accept the funds.

At present, the Streetcar runs on a 2.7-mile loop between Centennial Olympic Park and the King Historic District. The FTA monies would go toward an “Atlanta Beltline Transit Supportive Land Use Implementation Plan,” involving 16 miles of proposed “East, West, and Cross-Town streetcar corridors,” the ordinance says.

Atlanta Beltline Inc. and the city Office of Planning “seek to develop a strategic outline of short- and long-term transit supportive land use, housing, and economic development activities along these transit corridors” to better their chances of qualifying for future federal transit funds, according to a request for proposals issued by the Beltline for consultants to work on the plan.

Atlanta Beltline has pledged a $150,000 match for the federal grant. While land-use planning will be limited to the initial 16 miles of corridors, it could be the template for future efforts citywide, the RFP says.

Responses to the RFP are due Nov. 4. Information: http://bit.ly/2dqRoBE
LINK: http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/a...corrido/nsgFj/
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Old October 25th, 2016, 11:52 PM   #308
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Henry County (southeast suburban Atlanta) will be replacing its transit buses.



http://www.henryherald.com/news/new-...cbd8d32c7.html
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Old November 11th, 2016, 12:34 AM   #309
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MARTA tax was approved in a referendum



http://atlanta.curbed.com/2016/11/9/...e-looks-bright
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Old November 11th, 2016, 01:59 AM   #310
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An Interactive map that someone made with possible plans the tax could fund.
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Old December 22nd, 2016, 02:40 AM   #311
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"Atlanta Streetcar — there’s now an app for that"

http://www.ajc.com/news/local-govt--...vXXKg422xBr6M/
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Old December 22nd, 2016, 02:01 PM   #312
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An Interactive map that someone made with possible plans the tax could fund.
Does this mean we finally get to contextualize the intentions behind the [initial] streetcar project, now...or...?
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Old December 22nd, 2016, 06:06 PM   #313
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Sadly, I think much of the problems in developing mass transit in the Atlanta, GA area have been seriously affected by racial politics.

Have you noticed that MARTA rail transit does not go to the northern suburban regions of Atlanta? It's major issue that has been discussed openly at least since the middle 1980's, and there are still no plans to expand MARTA rail transit in northern Atlanta beyond North Springs and Doraville Stations. And the refusal of many landowners to redevelop much downtown Atlanta explains why the streetcar system mentioned earlier in this message thread is failing and why the Atlanta Braves are moving to the new SunTrust Park in Atlanta's northern suburbs.
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Old December 22nd, 2016, 06:36 PM   #314
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You should really educate yourself before you go making brash statements about racial politics. While there definitely is some truth in what you're saying (especially in the past), there are other issues that are more important in MARTA expansion then racial politics. There are plans to expand the Red line north past North Springs along GA400. Cobb County is another issue that was motivated by income inequality and racial tension to not join MARTA, but I think in the near future they will join. The streetcar was built along a tourist route and sits in traffic so no locals use it. The Braves moved because the city didn't bend over backward like Cobb county did.
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Sadly, I think much of the problems in developing mass transit in the Atlanta, GA area have been seriously affected by racial politics.
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You should really educate yourself before you go making brash statements about racial politics. While there definitely is some truth in what you're saying (especially in the past), there are other issues that are more important in MARTA expansion then racial politics.
Both of you are talking about the legacy of racial politics and which counties have been a part of MARTA as a result, so I think you're both right. Regional politics continue to be heavily at play, as both of you also mention, and both of you seem to agree that racial and regional politics are certainly related. Personally I think Atlanta is better off now being able to spend all the money on its own transit, given its current geography, woeful inadequacy, and potential for serious improvements in access and equity in existing neighborhoods.

We've all seen how regional transit taxes typically have to give everyone their area's project before considering whether the more financially sensible or impactful ones get ahead in the line. Just look at LA (Gold Line) or Seattle (Ballard in 20 years) for that. Spending in excess of $2 billion for the MARTA Red Line to Alpharetta seems to have been Atlanta's great example of that.
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The referendum is already paying off. Five bus routes get frequency and service span improvements beginning 2017.02.04.

https://itsmarta.com/february-4th-service-changes.aspx
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Old February 28th, 2017, 05:42 PM   #317
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"Atlanta Streetcar Ridership Drop Offers Lesson To Other Cities"

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Old March 31st, 2017, 03:33 PM   #318
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With the I-85 fire doom for the next few months it's MARTA's time to either shine or sink with how they handle this.
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Old March 31st, 2017, 04:35 PM   #319
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With the I-85 fire doom for the next few months it's MARTA's time to either shine or sink with how they handle this.
It is not up to MARTA to sink or swim. It is up to local and state governments to sink or swim.

The city and state MUST invest in a real public transportation system. The time has come to build an extensive system of heavy and light trains that will transport people within walking distance of real destinations.

Convert a portion of present-day street lanes to walking and biking paths.

For crying out loud! How long will Atlanta keep its head in the sand? Adapt or fail. That is the law in nature and competition.
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Old March 31st, 2017, 07:47 PM   #320
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With the I-85 fire doom for the next few months it's MARTA's time to either shine or sink with how they handle this.
maybe this will convince Atlanta (and the state of Georgia) to invest in mass transit
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