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Old 11-06-2014, 09:45 AM
 
Location: ATLANTA
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It looks as though the Transportation boom is Moving to the South Side of Metro Atlanta, what does all of this mean for the region??? From Suburban Locust Grove /McDonough, GA in Henry County to Clayton County, I-75 Express Toll Lanes and MARTA bus and Rail lines are likey to bring a lot of attention to the Atlanta Southern region causing a Growth Explosion and linking it even further to the Macon Metro area, it's smaller neighbor just south. I think we are about to see a major change in the Atlanta Metro region.
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Old 11-06-2014, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Griffin, Ga
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Hopefully Marta will see that HRT is better in Clayton and let Georgia handle the comuter rail
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Old 11-06-2014, 10:23 AM
 
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Hopefully Marta will see that HRT is better in Clayton and let Georgia handle the comuter rail
I agree. Considering the heavy approval, MARTA should reward Clayton with heavy rail to at least Southlake. I believe in commuter rail, but Cobb and Gwinnett are watching, and if Clayton gets a raw deal, I don't think either county will be rushing to approve MARTA.
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Old 11-06-2014, 10:26 AM
 
Location: North Atlanta
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I agree. Considering the heavy approval, MARTA should reward Clayton with heavy rail to at least Southlake. I believe in commuter rail, but Cobb and Gwinnett are watching, and if Clayton gets a raw deal, I don't think either county will be rushing to approve MARTA.
Plus, Norfolk Southern could derail (pun intended) that proposal if they want to use that trackage for more of their trains.
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Old 11-06-2014, 12:13 PM
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Plus, Norfolk Southern could derail (pun intended) that proposal if they want to use that trackage for more of their trains.
It would be interesting to see the comparative cost of HRT vs. Commuter rail if Norfolk Southern won't let them use existing track.
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Old 11-06-2014, 01:34 PM
 
Location: ATLANTA
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Hopefully Marta will see that HRT is better in Clayton and let Georgia handle the comuter rail
Your right, that only make sense. Marta should handle Heavy Rail Subway or possibly even light rail may be a Great fit for Clayton if quicker to build and more cost efficient. I think the idea of Marta running Commuter rail in Clayton in my opinion is a way of getting some Type of Rail service up and running quick without much construction and using existing Freight Rail Road Tracks. May not work though if Norfork Southern Doesn't agree.
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Old 11-06-2014, 01:39 PM
 
Location: ATLANTA
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Construction of Express Toll lanes in the Median of I-75 in Henry to Clayton and the new Marta Bus Routes/Rail are very likely to to change the Dynamics of Atlanta's South Side, possibly even creating another edge city.
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Old 11-06-2014, 01:46 PM
 
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As I understand it, it would be heavy rail along NS tracks linking in to the main North/South line at East Point. And as far as I know NS isn't against it.
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Old 11-06-2014, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Valdosta (Atlanta Native)
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As I understand it, it would be heavy rail along NS tracks linking in to the main North/South line at East Point. And as far as I know NS isn't against it.
Sorry to rain on your parade but, it the opposite. It's commuter rail, and NS is very against it.
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Old 11-06-2014, 02:13 PM
 
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Where did you get that from?

Everything I've ever seen (and not from the papers, per se) have it as going on NS Heavy Rail lines. And NS has been amenable at least since early this year. Well ahead of the press knowing about it or MARTA and Clayton coming to an agreement.
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