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Old 05-30-2018, 07:20 AM
 
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Lol, what are you talking about? This isn't true unless you use funny math.
I didn't do any numbers (and I highly doubt Charlotte, city or metro places anywhere near 6th or 7th) but I came to find that the city of Charlotte proper has alittle over 800,000 people which is double what the city of Atlanta proper has...

By city itself:
https://www.moving.com/tips/the-top-...by-population/

Charlotte surprisingly isn't far off, but its not on this list...

By metro ... its not even close, estimated to be around 21st place..
https://www.thoughtco.com/largest-me...-areas-1435135

Not sure how "accurate" these sites are but they give a rough idea as to where Charlotte really stands in relationship to the rest of the nation.
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Old 05-30-2018, 07:27 AM
 
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I am a staunch believer that public transit can only get us so far. Yes, there's New York City. And yes, there are people in other cities without cars - not by choice. The biggest hurdle will be SELLING THE IDEA of public transportation to people who OWN AUTOMOBILES to alleviate traffic congestion.

As an owner of a private auto, I would have a hard time giving up use of my personal vehicle, with all of the pro's:

- 100% control of climate
- 100% control of direction/destination
- 100% control of schedule
- Secure cargo space
- Private environment - can talk on hands-free without creating or being affected by noise pollution
- Reaches all the way to my destination address (useful in inclement weather)
While I'm definitely not for Atlanta's plan of lacking freeways (DFW IS much easier to get around than Atlanta is and Texas freeways in general are on an altogether different level than anything we have in the metro.) I will say I would gladly park and use a train over sitting on I-85 for 2 hours. Not saying our highways dont need attention.. but emphasizing that the idea might not be as difficult to push as one may think if MARTA serviced the areas most people needed to go. During events, I ALWAYS used MARTA to get downtown, and also used it when I commuted to the airport.
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Old 05-30-2018, 12:54 PM
 
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While I'm definitely not for Atlanta's plan of lacking freeways (DFW IS much easier to get around than Atlanta is and Texas freeways in general are on an altogether different level than anything we have in the metro.) I will say I would gladly park and use a train over sitting on I-85 for 2 hours. Not saying our highways dont need attention.. but emphasizing that the idea might not be as difficult to push as one may think if MARTA serviced the areas most people needed to go. During events, I ALWAYS used MARTA to get downtown, and also used it when I commuted to the airport.
I definitely agree with you on the freeways in Texas (Oklahoma has similar ones, if I remember correctly).

Service roads on the east coast are not desirable real estate because they're so difficult to get to. The prime real estate is aligned with the road crossing the interstate.

Service roads in TX/OK are PRIME real estate, because when you take an exit, going straight takes you directly to the service road, instead of spitting you back out onto the interstate. This is key.
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