Metro Atlantans want wider, safer roads. They want better sidewalks and more bike paths. But most of all, they want mass transit. At least, their local leaders think so, if dollars are any guide. Local governments have asked for a massive, expensive mass transit expansion from a regional sales tax that voters will consider next year... Read On
When it was originally proposed in 1965, MARTA was supposed to be the transit authority serving the entire Atlanta region, then splayed out over five counties. Yet the system required funding to be put in place, and when asked to devote some of their sales taxes to the cause, only people in Fulton and DeKalb Counties... Read On
When Tate Henshaw and his wife, Stephanie, decided to move from the close-in suburb of Vinings to be closer to family in Calhoun about 60 miles to the northwest, he faced a grueling daily commute... Read On
From widened roads to expanded I-285 interchanges to new suburban rail lines, cities and counties across metro Atlanta have presented a $24-billion wish list that could transform the way we move and live. ... Read On
New rail lines, bus lanes on highways, and new train and bus stations are among the things MARTA's board want from a 2012 transportation referendum. That summer, metro Atlanta voters will go to the polls to consider a list of transportation projects that would be funded from a 1 percent sales tax to run 10 years... Read On
In a nonbinding straw-polling question on Republican primary ballots in Barrow County in 2008, 71.6 percent of respondents opposed raising any local taxes for a proposed commuter rail line between Athens and Atlanta. A similar question posed last year found 79 percent of respondents opposed to raising local taxes for passenger rail...
Cousins Properties and a team of other well-connected firms were chosen to develop a transit hub and "mini-city" downtown on Monday. The project is slated for the "Gulch," the forlorn tangle of railroads tracks and parking lots, mostly used by Falcons tailgaters and people headed to nearby attractions like Philips Arena and CNN Center...
"Atlanta was the regional hub of the South because it did things first; Atlanta was on the cutting edge of transportation," Paul said. "But, after the Olympics, we sat back and coasted. We expected growth to keep coming like it would never end. We got lulled into complacency."
A while back, I tried my hand at defining a purpose for cities: Cities exist, I suggested, to create citizens. And who are citizens? They are people who take responsibility for their communities. If a city can do this, it's as close to a silver bullet as you can find because:..
This thesis analyzes an on-board transit survey conducted by the Atlanta Regional Commission in order to determine how far urban density, mixed land-uses, and street network connectivity are related to different walking behaviors, namely transit walk-mode shares and walking distances to/from stations. The data are drawn from all the stations of Atlanta’s rapid transit network (MARTA).
Allowing for quite a bit of noise in the data, some of the findings confirm for the case of Atlanta what a review of existing literature would lead one to expect: mixed land-use and denser street networks are associated with higher proportion of riders traveling to/from the station “walking” (noise in the data does not allow to fully distinguish with certainty walking as the sole mode of access to/from the station from walking combined with the use of bus services).
The thesis also explores questions that have not been previously covered systematically in the literature. First, does urban…