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Old 11-08-2010, 01:43 PM
 
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The sluggishness of rail transit development is a hallmark of government involvement.

It would be far far better if government got out of the way - by just granting a tax exemption to any private company that is 100% involved in building, operating or maintaining electric traction rail system.

But the odds of that happening are slim to none. Likewise, is the expectation of swift action on the part of government.
Or just stop having the Federal Government give untold billions to states for their highways every year. If states had to pay the true cost of their road improvements, public transit--either government-run or otherwise--would be instantly much more viable. No special tax exemption needed.
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Old 11-09-2010, 07:24 PM
 
Location: International Spacestation
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Interesting.
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Old 11-12-2010, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Midtown Atlanta
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Wow these are insane.
Ginormous Traffic-Swallowing Straddling Bus Coming to U.S. | Autopia | Wired.com
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Old 11-12-2010, 11:32 PM
 
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That is interesting, but I don't see that being built out any time soon.

I think it is very difficult to solve the metro Atlanta traffic issue due to how Atlanta has been built up. Trying to implement a better public transportation system by retrofitting it into an area that is built up around driving an automobile is nearly impossible. Traffic in Atlanta will continue to worsen in time with short-term "fixes." I see more toll roads ahead for Interstates, but I don't think that necessarily will eleviate congestion. People like their cars here and that attitude most likely will not change until it gets to expensive to drive for many.
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Old 11-24-2010, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Midtown Atlanta
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State to give new intersection designs a shot

State to give new intersection designs a shot *| ajc.com

Driving on the left side of the road will soon be legal in Georgia.

And though some drivers already excel at this, how about driving through an intersection without waiting for a light or stop sign?
With limited funding and new blood prompting new thinking at the state Department of Transportation, those are all parts of new intersection designs -- counterintuitive, a hard sell on paper -- that could help turn around Atlanta's traffic,
Some have never been tried in Georgia and have barely been seen in the United States, but they will be on metro Atlanta streets soon. And engineers swear that as wacky as they may look, the new intersections will make perfect sense once drivers are using them.

http://www.ajc.com/multimedia/dynamic/00760/EVintersection_2_760674c.jpg (broken link)
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Old 11-24-2010, 10:06 PM
 
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GOod we need new blood thinking.

The streetcars should run from Buckhead to Downtown, not a small section of downtown. Marta needs expansion.

Or hell just build over 285
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Old 11-25-2010, 02:08 AM
 
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When you could actually have enough side walks to walk safety to the grocery store about a mile from your house. That's when.

I believe it should start from the suburbs, because the mentality is just not there for walking, because it's not feasible and because it's not very safe.
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Old 11-25-2010, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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State to give new intersection designs a shot

State to give new intersection designs a shot *| ajc.com

Driving on the left side of the road will soon be legal in Georgia.

And though some drivers already excel at this, how about driving through an intersection without waiting for a light or stop sign?
With limited funding and new blood prompting new thinking at the state Department of Transportation, those are all parts of new intersection designs -- counterintuitive, a hard sell on paper -- that could help turn around Atlanta's traffic,
Some have never been tried in Georgia and have barely been seen in the United States, but they will be on metro Atlanta streets soon. And engineers swear that as wacky as they may look, the new intersections will make perfect sense once drivers are using them.
If I understand the diagram correctly, it seems to work! There would be no stop lights at the very end of a off ramp that would eventually lead to backup on the interstate! I'm all for thinking outside the box! My only question is how feasible would it be getting people adjusted to this new way of driving?

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Old 11-25-2010, 10:38 AM
 
Location: International Spacestation
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Higher gas prices is the only way to fix so many problems.
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Old 11-26-2010, 01:24 PM
 
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Higher gas prices is the only way to fix so many problems.
That, and less free parking, too. Unfortunately, even talking about raising gas taxes or reducing free parking seems like a political third rail.
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