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Old 08-22-2012, 06:27 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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To be a truly world class system, MARTA needs to be appealing to those that choose to ride transit over driving their car.
It already does. Ever see the northbound trains in the morning? Its full of professional people going to offices in Buckhead and Perimeter. Thousands of people that live south, east , and west of downtown take MARTA to their offices.
Let Clayton County citizens vote, what's the worst that could happen....a NO vote?
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Old 08-22-2012, 08:54 AM
 
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I'll admit I do not know David Ralston very well, so please enlighten me.
He's a smart, reasonable guy who is by no means anti-Atlanta.
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Old 08-22-2012, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Atlanta - Midtown
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He's a smart, reasonable guy who is by no means anti-Atlanta.
I stand corrected. Watched a few of his videos, and I must say, I'm excited that ths guy is in a position of power in Georgia. What really solidified it were the anti-Ralston Tea party videos!
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:16 AM
 
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Any new news out there on this effort? I tried to go to the Friends of Clayton Transit site and nothing came up.

www.claytontransit.com

and no real updates on their Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/claytontransit

Last edited by bfarley30; 02-22-2013 at 10:48 AM..
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:49 AM
 
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Has anyone heard anything regarding this? I didn't even notice this bill!!

HB*6*2013-2014 Regular Session

For Piedmont Altamaha Transit Authority Act

Basically, this is to help construct the Atlanta to Macon Commuter rail line and add local bus service within those counties.

Clayton News Daily | Waites drafts southside transit authority bill

While I think overall it's a good idea I think MARTA would be better suited for Clayton county along with extending the existing heavy rail line from the East Point station through the northern part of Clayton with stations in Hapeville, the International terminal, Forest Park, Lake City/Fort Gillem, Clayton State, and ending at Southlake Mall/I-75 as a final commuter style station. MARTA can provide much better bus service than what this bill is probably going to be able too since Clayton is in the "Big 5" counties.

I think the commuter rail should also stop at East Point station from downtown, then the Southlake Mall/I-75 station then in Jonesboro with additional stops from Jonesboro until it reaches Macon. Let the PATA act as bus service within some of the suburban towns as a connector style service to the commuter rail.
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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Has anyone heard anything regarding this? I didn't even notice this bill!!

HB*6*2013-2014 Regular Session

For Piedmont Altamaha Transit Authority Act

Basically, this is to help construct the Atlanta to Macon Commuter rail line and add local bus service within those counties.

Clayton News Daily | Waites drafts southside transit authority bill

While I think overall it's a good idea I think MARTA would be better suited for Clayton county along with extending the existing heavy rail line from the East Point station through the northern part of Clayton with stations in Hapeville, the International terminal, Forest Park, Lake City/Fort Gillem, Clayton State, and ending at Southlake Mall/I-75 as a final commuter style station. MARTA can provide much better bus service than what this bill is probably going to be able too since Clayton is in the "Big 5" counties.

I think the commuter rail should also stop at East Point station from downtown, then the Southlake Mall/I-75 station then in Jonesboro with additional stops from Jonesboro until it reaches Macon. Let the PATA act as bus service within some of the suburban towns as a connector style service to the commuter rail.
MARTA is better suited to serve Clayton County, especially since the majority of residents commute north for jobs. Extending HRT would take at least a decade.
It would be nice to have a commuter rail station in Hapeville to serve the city and HJIA.
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:51 PM
 
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Commuter rail all the way to Macon? Anyone who commutes from Macon to Atlanta either just got a new job or is stupid. Should we send the next commuter train to Chattanooga or Oxford, AL??
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Decatur, GA
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Commuter rail all the way to Macon? Anyone who commutes from Macon to Atlanta either just got a new job or is stupid. Should we send the next commuter train to Chattanooga or Oxford, AL??
It's not so much people living in Macon commuting to Atlanta every day as it is the necessity of providing rail transport between the two cities. For cities as far out as Jackson, it would be conventional commuter rail, Macon is only 20 miles more distant, so why not just go ahead and extend the trains? There are probably more people than you think though, that do commute between the two cities every day too.
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:08 PM
 
Location: East Side of ATL
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Reviving Clayton bus service isn
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Old 09-18-2013, 03:26 AM
 
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I am so tired of the notion that MARTA has to be built to accomodate the poor or those that cannot afford to drive. And we wonder why people view public transportation as low class in this city?

To be a truly world class system, MARTA needs to be appealing to those that choose to ride transit over driving their car.

Don't get me wrong, adding a third paying county into the MARTA system sounds very appealing....I'm just not convinced that Clayton county would be wise for Marta in the long run.

My thoughts exactly!
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