Originally Posted by Jonboy1983
It seems as tho Marta has similar issues from what I'm reading. Aren't they trying to expand their system tho?
Yes, they were trying to expand - but the metro-wide tax that would have funded the main expansion with LRT to Emory was defeated in July. Now Emory, the CDC and other major stakeholders in that area are regrouping and trying to figure out how to move forward with funding. There is a lot of will to get this line built.
The first phase of our streetcar Downtown is under construction now though, and MARTA will be running that.
Our largest and most transformative project is The Beltline. This is a 26 mile loop around the central city on old railroad right of way that is a combo of transit, parks and trails. The lead designers also did the High Line in NY. Portions are under construction, and a decent segment has recently opened. It's already caused what could honestly be called a boom in new development on the Eastside. If the tax had been voted in, construction on the LRT portion would have been sped up by about 8 years, and that will eventually link up with the streetcar. The Feds have taken note, and have already funded several grants towards the project. MARTA will also run the transit portion of this.
The Beltline has been called the largest urban redevelopment in the country, and people in the urban core here are totally stoked about it.
Sorry for the long-winded response, but it's all a little complicated!