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Old 06-16-2010, 07:00 AM
 
Location: Midtown, Atlanta
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Atlanta leaders hope streetcar proposal will win in second round of U.S. TIGER grants SaportaReport

This time around, city leaders are trying to secure partial funding only for the east-west streetcar loop that would run from COP to the King Center and Edgewood Avenue. We won't find out until the end of the year if the funding is approved or not.
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Old 06-17-2010, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Norcross, GA
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This is a solid proposal, I think. It doesn't exactly follow MARTA rail and hits the most widely-visited areas of downtown.
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Old 06-17-2010, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Georgia
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Cool.
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Old 06-17-2010, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Midtown, Atlanta
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I really think this would get a lot of use. Hell, it could become an attraction in itself, for visitors and residents alike .
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Old 06-17-2010, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I also think it would help continue to revitalize downtown.
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Old 06-18-2010, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Georgia
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What's odd about the streetcars is, I don't really see how it could be that much greater than a bus in terms of moving people from point A to point B. I think it's just the stigma of, "Oooh, cool, streetcars!" that buses just don't have, that could potentially lead to strong ridership numbers.
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Old 06-19-2010, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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What's odd about the streetcars is, I don't really see how it could be that much greater than a bus in terms of moving people from point A to point B. I think it's just the stigma of, "Oooh, cool, streetcars!" that buses just don't have, that could potentially lead to strong ridership numbers.
In terms of economic impact, streetcars are much greater than buses. Same goes for any kind of fixed rail transit. It's also about perception - trains/streetcars are seen as being more reliable, safe, and comfortable.
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Old 06-19-2010, 08:32 AM
 
Location: West Cobb (formerly Vinings)
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I have done an about face on the Peachtree Streetcar. I think it will be more of a touristy thing than something useful from a utilitarian perspective, when it'll probably be faster just to walk much of the time. Spring Street, Northside (downtown), Piedmont, Cobb Parkway, and other wider roads would make more sense for a streetcar where it would compete less with the traffic and has space for it to run outside of lanes. That also matches what we see in Europe where streetcars generally don't go down very narrow roads with no medians.
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