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Old 12-06-2014, 03:30 PM
Location: Atlanta ,GA
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Originally Posted by bu2 View Post
Auburn Avenue is simply a tourist train. It provides no better transit benefits than a bus on that route.
Do you really think in 8 years the streetcar will still be as it is today?It took 2-3 years just to build it but thats all infrastructure.
Onece the first phase is operational it will still take time to expand it but less red tape.
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Old 12-06-2014, 05:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Ferdinandbogan View Post
So the whole commuter rail system in Georgia going to be ran by MARTA?
Originally Posted by MattCW View Post
Not necessarily. The Clayton line likely will, but there's no guarantee that future lines elsewhere will.
To add to Matt's point, the reason why any likely commuter rail line in Clayton County would be operated by MARTA is because Clayton County residents voted to join Fulton and DeKalb counties as a member county of MARTA.

Because Clayton County will paying the 1% sales tax there likely may be funding available to bring commuter rail service online in Clayton County much sooner than commuter rail service may become operational anywhere else in Metro Atlanta at this point (if Norfolk Southern is amenable to letting MARTA use its freight rail tracks for passenger rail service).

If Clayton County voters had not agreed to join MARTA, Clayton County would not potentially be getting commuter rail service.

Because commuter rail lines often cross through multiple city and county jurisdictions, commuter rail service is almost always a function of state government in some way, shape or form most often as a state-funded and state-operated transit agency that directly provides commuter rail transit service that connects the urban core and the outer suburbs and exurbs of a large major metro region.

The State of Georgia already provides regional transit service to the Atlanta region by way of the state-funded GRTA Xpress commuter bus system which provides weekday peak-hour commuter bus service to 12 counties in the Atlanta region and the State of Georgia would most likely be responsible for funding and operating commuter rail service throughout the multi-county Atlanta region.

But because Georgia's state government continues to be dominated by transit-averse politics and because of the difficult logistics of attempting to operate high volumes of passenger trains on some of the busiest freight rail tracks on the North American continent in the Atlanta region, we still appear to be many years (if not decades) away from seeing regional commuter rail service become operational in the Atlanta region, no matter how desperately commuter rail service appears to be needed.
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Old 12-06-2014, 06:37 PM
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Location: Atlanta
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I think this is the most up to date proposal for commuter rail:

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