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Old 10-17-2012, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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Charlotte and LYNX on a roll with FTA support - Welcome to the FastLane: The Official Blog of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation
Now Charlotte gets a huge bond from the feds to extend their little LRT line. Why couldn't Atlanta gotten that to extend MARTA line or build the BeltLine?
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Old 10-17-2012, 02:56 PM
 
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I don't know, but they seemed to build a pretty large amount of rail for less than $500 million.
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Old 10-17-2012, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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Not that much rail line.
Blue Line Extension/Northeast Corridor (LYNX) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 10-17-2012, 03:14 PM
 
Location: 30080
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Yet its already had 17 million riders. Let people on here tell it it'd be pointless because no one would ride. Some people are progressive, and then there's Georgia.
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Old 10-17-2012, 03:14 PM
 
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Way to go, Charlotte!

Looks like ~8 miles for $580 million, or ~$75 million a mile. I still think that for extensions of existing lines, we need to stick to the more expensive HRT technology. It's just better, gets higher ridership, allows us to use our existing maintenance and support facilities, and prevents people from having to transfer. For brand new lines, LRT should be considered.

Edit: nevermind, according got the wiki article, the cost is more like $1.16 billion. I guess the locals are paying for the other half.
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Old 10-17-2012, 03:14 PM
 
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Considering that MARTA wanted $700 million to build 4 miles of light rail to Emory, that's $175 million per mile.

How is Charlotte able to do it for less than half of what we can?
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Old 10-17-2012, 03:17 PM
 
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Considering that MARTA wanted $700 million to build 4 miles of light rail to Emory, that's $175 million per mile.

How is Charlotte able to do it for less than half of what we can?
See above edit.
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Old 10-17-2012, 03:18 PM
 
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I've read that the bulk of the costs of new rail development is usually buying the access rights and often adjacent property. It seems like at least part of the Emory line goes through some pretty high-value property. An extension outward would probably be hitting lower value property. Then again, the 2nd avenue line being built in NYC costs about $130m/mile, so who knows what's going on with MARTA's figures.
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Old 10-17-2012, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Vinings/Cumberland in the evil county of Cobb
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Charlotte and LYNX on a roll with FTA support - Welcome to the FastLane: The Official Blog of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation
Now Charlotte gets a huge bond from the feds to extend their little LRT line. Why couldn't Atlanta gotten that to extend MARTA line or build the BeltLine?
We can't cause Charlotte realistically recognizes where they are at on the food chain. It seems that many Atlanta residents don't appreciate our city's true standing.
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Old 10-17-2012, 03:49 PM
 
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Besides DC who else has extended there heavy rail system ??
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