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Old 09-03-2017, 11:02 PM
 
Location: atlanta
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They seem to have stalled a while back on completing this step. This isn't the construction step, this is just the environmental impact statement and final design so they can submit it to the federal transit authority. MARTA has to do this to even be eligible for federal funding. They planned to have this done in 2016 originally, but it's still a no-go.

I'm wondering, have they lost hope that this will ever happen? Or are deciding to reprioritize? I wish they would make more information public on this stuff, maybe even put the preliminary stuff online and use people who want to see this done crowdsolve issues to do with routing, property lines, etc. I know a lot of people on here would probably want to participate. It seems like they are missing out on an opportunity to get essentially free labor from urban nerds from sites like city-data.
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Old 09-04-2017, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Prescott, AZ
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I'm pretty sure they're waiting on Fulton County to do something about funding transit expansion. There's no point in asking for federal funds without local funding lined up.
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Old 09-04-2017, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, Birmingham, Charlotte, and Raleigh
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They seem to have stalled a while back on completing this step. This isn't the construction step, this is just the environmental impact statement and final design so they can submit it to the federal transit authority. MARTA has to do this to even be eligible for federal funding. They planned to have this done in 2016 originally, but it's still a no-go.

I'm wondering, have they lost hope that this will ever happen? Or are deciding to reprioritize? I wish they would make more information public on this stuff, maybe even put the preliminary stuff online and use people who want to see this done crowdsolve issues to do with routing, property lines, etc. I know a lot of people on here would probably want to participate. It seems like they are missing out on an opportunity to get essentially free labor from urban nerds from sites like city-data.
I can tell you this... MARTA's long range planning division, the division responsible for major project management, has lost a lot of personnel in the past 18 months as a matter of fact they essentially only have 2 employees in that staffs the division at the moment. This division suppose to have at least 6 staffers, but the other 4 positions have not even been posted nor attempted to be filled. Under Keith Parker, the day-to-day has horrible management (HR is a joke) and this has resulted in a hemorrhaging of key personnel with institutional knowledge in the past 18 months. Until you see this change, it's likely MARTA will continue to be impaired by it and likely the key projects like Connect 400, I-20 East, and most other major expansions of the HRT.

It's going to be interesting because the Clifton Corridor project is the only one that is ready for final design, funding, and implementation.

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Old 09-04-2017, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Prescott, AZ
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I can tell you this... MARTA's long range planning division, the division responsible for major project management, has lost a lot of personnel in the past 18 months as a matter of fact they essentially only have 2 employees in that staffs the division at the moment. This division suppose to have at least 6 staffers, but the other 4 positions have not even been posted nor attempted to be filled. Until Keith Parker, the day-to-day has horrible management (HR is a joke) and this has result in a hemorrhaging of key personnel with institutional knowledge in the past 18 months. Until you see this change, it's likely MARTA will continue to be impaired by it and likely the key projects like Connect 400, I-20 East, and most other major expansions of the HRT.

It's going to be interesting because the Clifton Corridor project is the only one that is ready for final design, funding, and implementation.
To this, MARTA told me they're waiting on the EIS for the Clifton Corridor to get back to them from the FTA before releasing final cost estimates to the public. They plan on having that done, tentatively, by Spring 2018.

It's not like everything is stalled. Things do just take time, sometimes.

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Old 09-04-2017, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Decatur, GA
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FRA, or FTA?
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Old 09-04-2017, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Prescott, AZ
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FRA, or FTA?
FTA, my mistake.
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Old 09-05-2017, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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I can tell you this... MARTA's long range planning division, the division responsible for major project management, has lost a lot of personnel in the past 18 months as a matter of fact they essentially only have 2 employees in that staffs the division at the moment. This division suppose to have at least 6 staffers, but the other 4 positions have not even been posted nor attempted to be filled. Under Keith Parker, the day-to-day has horrible management (HR is a joke) and this has resulted in a hemorrhaging of key personnel with institutional knowledge in the past 18 months. Until you see this change, it's likely MARTA will continue to be impaired by it and likely the key projects like Connect 400, I-20 East, and most other major expansions of the HRT.

It's going to be interesting because the Clifton Corridor project is the only one that is ready for final design, funding, and implementation.
Keith Parker is resigning
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Old 09-05-2017, 08:29 AM
 
Location: NW Atlanta
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Keith Parker is resigning
Oh ****
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Old 09-05-2017, 08:41 AM
 
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Keith Parker is resigning
Goodwill pays its executives megabucks.
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Old 09-05-2017, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Whoaaaa, what? Jero starts talking crap and KP resigns? Crazy....

This seems really unexpected, I hope this doesn't hurt transit's chances under the Gold Dome this year. KP seemed to be an real asset in that regard
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