MARTA survey results show that Atlantans want rail on the BeltLine

The results from MARTA’s in-person and online surveys clearly show that Atlantans want BeltLine rail to be a spending priority. MARTA is currently working on a project to prioritize transit projects that will be funded through the “More MARTA” tax — that’s the one that City of Atlanta voters approved in a 2016 referendum, funding…

Is Atlanta becoming a top biking city? Maybe something even better?

There were 1.87 million users of the Eastside Trail in 2017 according to the annual report of the Atlanta Beltline. When I visit the trail and see these throngs of people walking and riding bikes, my first thought is always, “how wonderful that so many Atlantans are into active transportation!” Which is then followed quickly by: “how…

BRT line in Atlanta gets millions in funding, but who asked for it?

According to the AJC. the federal government has awarded $12.6 million to MARTA for a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line from Midtown to the Turner Field redevelopment in Summerhill. That means the city is poised to follow through with spending $30 million in TSPLOST funds for the project, as was promised by former mayor Kasim…

The deadly mismatch between bus stops & road design in Atlanta

The mere presence of bus stops near destinations doesn’t make a place transit-friendly or walkable — not when streets are deadly for pedestrians. The Atlanta region needs cross-agency cooperation to fix this.  Ramona Devore was killed last week after being hit by two cars. She had just gotten off of a MARTA bus in Alpharetta…