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Old 11-27-2013, 05:26 PM
 
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I understand that there is currently no funding for the next phase and that the current section wont be complete until next year, but it got me thinking about what they are going to do when (or if) they try to expand it.

By looking at their website, it looks like they really want it to run down Peachtree street parallel to the MARTA train. see this video:
TheFinalPiece - YouTube.

I really don't see the point of laying two trains on top of each other. I might be marginally easier to take a streetcar a short distance in midtown than the Marta, but that area is already walkable if you are going a short distance. It just seems like a huge waste of money.

Why not build a line that compliments the MARTA train instead of being redundant? Have it continue down Auburn Ave until it hits the beltline then go north. Turn west at 10th street and pass right by the midtown marta station. Keep going west until it hits tech parkway then go south and connect to downtown. I see this as better for 4 reasons:


1. That way it will serve Tech and GSU students who are more likely to use transit anyways. If this thing is going to succeed, it needs people to ride it. Students are probably the easiest way to make this happen. Not to mention that GSU and Tech would save money by not having to bus as many students around.

2. It would bring tourists from downtown to the new Ponce City Market and neighborhoods such as Inman park. It would make Atlanta more appealing for conventions if it is easier to get around without a car.

3. It would connect intown neighborhoods to the city core.

4. I would help spur more development in West Midtown, because that area is hard to get around without a car.

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Old 11-27-2013, 05:57 PM
 
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That video sounds like it's from the 80s. I just can't take it seriously, but I agree with all of your points.
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Old 11-27-2013, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, Ga
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I would like to see a line on Peachtree, but not coming from Five Points but instead starting at Midtown or Arts Center and go up Peachtree to Buckhead Station.
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Old 11-27-2013, 06:40 PM
 
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What about a route up Piedmont to Lindbergh? I've sketched an idea on my unofficial map of the streetcar project in purple.
http://goo.gl/maps/aE88o
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Old 11-27-2013, 07:01 PM
 
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I would like to see a line on Peachtree, but not coming from Five Points but instead starting at Midtown or Arts Center and go up Peachtree to Buckhead Station.

Yes. This part of Peachtree would really benefit.
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Old 11-27-2013, 07:07 PM
 
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What about a route up Piedmont to Lindbergh? I've sketched an idea on my unofficial map of the streetcar project in purple.
http://goo.gl/maps/aE88o
I don't feel like that would be good for the second phase. I don't think too many people would ride that route. The Marta train already goes to Lindbergh. Piedmont is pretty low density for most of that route. I just don't see the streetcar as a worthwhile investment unless it can get a high amount of riders. Maybe as a later phase that would be good.

edit: actually there are some apartment buildings up peachtree that way and a lot of stuff closer to piedmont park. It might not be so bad. I still don't think its the best idea though.
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Old 11-27-2013, 07:19 PM
 
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Old 11-27-2013, 07:52 PM
 
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Phase two includes a cross town route, most likely down North Ave, I am not sure the Peachtree is high on the latest proposal.

http://beltline.org/wp-content/uploa...id-meeting.pdf
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Old 11-27-2013, 09:16 PM
 
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That video sounds like it's from the 80s. I just can't take it seriously, but I agree with all of your points.
The music.. I can't even focus on the video haha
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Old 11-27-2013, 10:55 PM
 
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Yes. This part of Peachtree would really benefit.
Agreed, aries. That's a heavily populated corridor with tons of jobs, retail, restaurants, churches, hospitals, etc. It has been the fastest growing area in the city.

Plus the route leverages existing heavy rail. As I recall a good bit of the planning work has already been done.
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