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Old 04-17-2015, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Decatur, GA
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Seriously, when are people going to start looking at transit as a public good, and not a business that has to be profitable.
Or better yet as one department of the business (the state/country) which enables the rest to be profitable.
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Old 04-17-2015, 08:31 PM
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But of that 3 billion rail and transit, how much was freight rail? How much was HSR?
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Old 04-17-2015, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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But of that 3 billion rail and transit, how much was freight rail? How much was HSR?
I have no idea. But it's an example of a smaller state spending appropriately on transportation funding, and it provides some perspective as to how draconian the thinking is under the Gold Dome.
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Old 04-17-2015, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Decatur, GA
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I have no idea. But it's an example of a smaller state spending appropriately on transportation funding, and it provides some perspective as to how draconian the thinking is under the Gold Dome.
Even if that were all freight, that would be a huge deal. The freight lines here in Georgia could use some work! Just decongesting Howell junction would be a huge benefit, most days going back South on MARTA, I see two freights stacked up through the Amtrak station and up toward Lindbergh presumably waiting for their turn across Howell.
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Old 04-18-2015, 06:43 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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Even if that were all freight, that would be a huge deal. The freight lines here in Georgia could use some work! Just decongesting Howell junction would be a huge benefit, most days going back South on MARTA, I see two freights stacked up through the Amtrak station and up toward Lindbergh presumably waiting for their turn across Howell.
Improving the junction could use a P3, for the trade off of using freight lines for commuter rail. The state should pay for part of the upgrades, they do move commerce, and in return CSX and NS could allow peak commuter rail usage.
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Old 04-18-2015, 06:48 AM
 
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Improving the junction could use a P3, for the trade off of using freight lines for commuter rail. The state should pay for part of the upgrades, they do move commerce, and in return CSX and NS could allow peak commuter rail usage.
"the state," i.e., the taxpayers.
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Old 04-18-2015, 06:55 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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"the state," i.e., the taxpayers.
But that is what the state is supposed to with taxpayer money, spend it on infrastructure.
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Old 04-18-2015, 07:01 AM
 
Location: O4W
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Great responses to the topic. It's good reading responses from people that actually know what they are talking about instead of just posting dumb shyt all the time
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Old 04-18-2015, 08:21 AM
 
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It ended because the state wasn't going to give money to a transit system that costs more to operate than it brings in. Gwinnett doesn't have that problem.
Exactly....my point is County Governments are meant to provide necessary infrastructure. If you have a Transit Authority, who's job is solely focusing on transit, why would you re-invent the wheel?
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Old 04-18-2015, 08:57 AM
 
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Except Gwinnett doesn't want Gwinnett County Transit, they want MARTA. Only a third have a favorable view of GCT, but half have a favorable view of MARTA.
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