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  1. This map is nothing new. The North Rail expansion was talked about way back in 2000 and deemed infeasible because of the costs. The Clifton corridor study is still "open" but that too has been open for years. The only real recent progress has been MARTA's new push for BRT along Memorial Drive.
  2. ^Great, another 2-year study to tell the metro area that more transit options are needed. This will go on the shelf with the rest of the ones done in the past 10 years. People complain about wasting money on public transit - how about wasting money on rehashing concepts that are 20 years old?
  3. ^Crate & Barrel is also 2-story in the mall.
  4. MARTA is now taking over operations of C-Tran. http://www.itsmarta.com/newsroom/press_rel.../rel.asp?id=236
  5. East Village? SoNo? Atlanta is trying way too hard to become another New York.
  6. Thanks Ryan for your clarification. I guess I am just super optimistic (eh, what do you expect from a 26-year-old new to Atlanta)! ;D I grew up in New England (Providence) and witnessed many people commuting to and from Boston on the T (both the commuter rail and the "subway"). I have seen how many people live within Boston and the immediate suburbs and use their car very infrequently. Yes, that type of solution took MANY years, and I get that. I am all about expanding MARTA too within the Fulton and Dekalb County lines. I don't get why a "Northwest/South" line was not constructed.
  7. That's one of the main points, though. Some of these transit options cost far less than highway expansion/construction projects (i.e., the "Northern Arc" proposal) and act more than a "band-aid" to the problem. For example, the expansion of GA 400 recently to 4 lanes will work for a couple of years, but by then populations in Roswell, Cumming, John's Creek, Milton, and Alpharetta will grow and push the "benefit" of that extra lane to the brink of uselessness. What then? Add another lane and spend MORE money? I don't know the answer in terms of how much one city versus another would pay f
  8. First, I'll preface this entire response by saying that I don't mean to anger you (you sound upset in this post). I am merely making comparisons and offering my thoughts. Now, onto this first point - I'm not sure what you mean by "urban core." I don't envision commuter rails going out to Columbus to reach Atlanta necessarily. I'm talking about where the majority of people are coming from to get into the city. Gwinnett, Cobb, and northern Fulton counties are the prime regions where these type of transit options would work. And regarding your other point about car-oriented system, I thin
  9. I actually disagree. And perhaps expansion of the N/S line as it is may not be feasible. But a commuter rail line or LRT from, say, Cumming to Dunwoody would be used extensively I think. And that is cheaper than trying to expand the "subway" lines on MARTA. I find it hard to digest that commuter rails and LRTs are "impracticle" for suburban life when other mature metropolitan areas in this country (and the world) use them with extreme success. And you actually favor rebuilding streetcars in Atlanta vs. helping to solve 2 hour+ commutes along I-85, I-75, and GA 400? That to me is a waste
  10. There are a TON of projects happening in Vinings right now, all within a 1 mile radius of me! :) (If some of these have been discussed already, I apologize. I am new and didn't go through every post in this thread - just a cursory look.) In immediate "downtown" Vinings, along with the Aberdeen announced above, there is: (1) Vinings Main, a mixed use space with condos, townhomes, and shops/restaurants (2) Avignon at Vinings, a European-themed residential neighborhood with condos, townhomes, and $1M+ villas. The advantage of these two projects as well as the Aberdeen are the
  11. I think MARTA should really invest on extending the N/S line to Alpharetta. I think that most of the folks there are VERY anxious to have it, and commuters on GA 400 would definitely use it.
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