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CATS Long Term Transit Plan - Silver, Red, Airport Lines

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A bus ridership drop would be expected, when BLE largely replaced the system's busiest routes.  The frequency on Route 11 (North Tryon) was almost cut in half and the route shortened from UNCC to IKEA.  Plus,  the system's busiest neighborhood circulator, 211 (Hidden Valley), now feeds directly to LYNX, instead of to the 11 (previously the top route in the system, but now the 9 Central Ave).

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3 hours ago, kermit said:

The current CEO of MARTA (Atlanta) made quite a speech this morning. He called for a $100 billion (with a B) in Atlanta area transit in an effort to get the city’s mobility up to par for places its size. Atlanta has a very big auto-oriented home to dig out of.. This is what happens when you ignore landuse for 60+ years.

There were no specifics about the source of money or where it would be spent, and a helpful state legislator reminded everyone that this figure was 50 times the annual GADOT budget. 

Having said all that, this is a useful perspective recalibration for the folks who think that $5billion for our Big Bang is expensive. 

https://www.ajc.com/news/local-govt--politics/marta-ceo-calls-for-100-billion-transit-moonshot/w2S3DB4hHU1shBLbjx5y9J/

“There were no specifics about the source of the money ...”.

*my not-shocked face*

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^it's not his place to recommend where funds come from is it?

I see no hope of this happening in a red state until the pain is really, really serious. Like companies leaving in droves. Just like global warming. On top of that I cannot imagine it happening without federal $ - post 2021 at least. 

Nice to see someone is trying to plan for the future though.

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7 hours ago, kermit said:

The current CEO of MARTA (Atlanta) made quite a speech this morning. He called for a $100 billion (with a B) in Atlanta area transit in an effort to get the city’s mobility up to par for places its size. Its aa very big auto-oriented hole to dig out of. This is what happens when you ignore land use for 60+ years.

There were no specifics about the source of money or where it would be spent, and a helpful state legislator reminded everyone that this figure was 50 times the annual GADOT budget. 

Having said all that, this is a useful perspective recalibration for the folks who think that $5billion for our Big Bang is expensive. 

https://www.ajc.com/news/local-govt--politics/marta-ceo-calls-for-100-billion-transit-moonshot/w2S3DB4hHU1shBLbjx5y9J/

I think our 'big bang' is more in the 8-12 billion and DOES NOT include connections to South Park or Ballantyne 

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11 hours ago, navigator319 said:

I think our 'big bang' is more in the 8-12 billion and DOES NOT include connections to South Park or Ballantyne 

Any proposal put before voters will add Ballantyne.   Lake BRT and East-West LYNX are just the system plan recommendations being finalized right now. CATS staff will soon be studying other system extensions and connections later this year.

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3 hours ago, southslider said:

Any proposal put before voters will add Ballantyne.   Lake BRT and East-West LYNX are just the system plan recommendations being finalized right now. CATS staff will soon be studying other system extensions and connections later this year.

Adding Ballantyne would be magnificent as that area is already a large Job Hub and requires only a short extension of an existing line.  Southpark is much more 'pie in the sky' due to the nature of Development already surrounding them.

Id hope to see plans for a Line that spurs off the Blueline towards South Tryon/Steele Creek area.

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