I wanted to know how others view the plans for the future rail developments in Atlanta... Please provide your opinions and inputs...
First: PEACHTREE STREETCARS
I LOVE the idea for a streetcar along the Peachtree corridor, but I think that the proposed plans could use a little work.
Here's the proposed streetcar system:
The plans still don't involve service to the South East region where Turner Field, Capitol Gateway, Zoo Atlanta, Grant Park and Glenwood Village are located.
Here's what I propose that the streetcar system should look like:
I understand that it may be a bit of a stretch to complete my plans, but if anything there should at a minimum be service to the Abernathy-Turner Field-Zoo Atlanta Corridor.
2nd: PEDESTRIAN CORRIDOR ON PEACHTREE
Notice that on my map, I placed a pedestrian only (with Streetcar) zone along Peachtree between North Avenue and The Woodruff Arts Center.
Does anyone besides me believe that this is possible?
I took a trip to Denver and saw their 16th Street Mall. It is a mile long stretch of pedestrian road serviced by FREE electric buses. It's the center of the city life. The street is lined with restaurants, retail, nightclubs, hotels, gift shops and a mall. Very inviting. What's most interesting is that at one time, 16th Steet was automobile traffic. It's not quite Denver's Peachtree, but it's not far from it. It was a major traffic artery through the center of downtown and now it's THE SPOT to hang out. Could this be accomplished on Midtown's Peachtree? If not on Peachtree, can it be accomplished on another street? Piedmont, Juniper, Courtland (Downtown), Peachtree Center Ave., Fairlie, Poplar...
Denver's 16th Street Mall:
Santa Monica's 3rd Street Promenade:
3rd: NoGA RAIL SYSTEM and LOVEJOY COMMUTER RAIL
I really like the plans for a Massive North GA Commuter Rail System.
Proposed Atlanta - Athens Commuter
Proposed NoGA Commuter System with LoveJoy Commuter Rail
4th: GA HIGH SPEED RAIL SYSTEM & INTERCITY RAIL
I think that this is VERY interesting... If they pull this off, I will be VERY surprised and HIGHLY impressed. High speed train from ATL - Savannah... Wow... From GA Aquarium to Tennessee Aquarium... Sounds GREAT...
5th: THE ATLANTA BELTLINE
I LOVE this idea, but what is holding up the progress?
6th: ATLANTA HARTSFIELD-JACKSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
wow, that's a lot to say...
When is the airport going to do an overhaul on it's concourses. It's LONG overdue. The Concourse NEED a LOT of work for them to look like a world class airport. To be the busiest airport on Earth, it sure doesn't look like it while walking to your gate. They could just raise the roofs of all the concourses (maybe even add a second level for people movers) and top them with glass to give the feel of sky and space. They need to take a look at some other airports (Chicago O'Hare, Denver, DC Reagan, etc..) and get busy catching up with the times.