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Old 05-28-2019, 07:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Need4Camaro View Post
My thing about the HOT lanes specifically is that for the dollar amount, the impact will overall be negligible, we are fighting decades and decades of infrastructural neglect. The only thing that will really help I-285 is a outer bypass that is strictly controlled in zoning and exits as not to cause further sprawl while providing thru traffic a way around Atlanta without getting too close to the core... but in reality unless something drastic happens, it isnt going to happen... MAYBE...and I mean just MAYBE we will eventually see another highway built out west to form a crescent around Atlanta for trucks and it would be built pretty far out too... otherwise Atlanta's only hope at this point is promoting transit ridership. Given they are unable to FEASIBLY or REALISTICALLY design the infrastructure needed, the next solution is to move people in other ways outside of driving.

I get that you want to see a highway system like DFW in Atlanta but I'm looking at this realistically, it just isnt going to happen. Too many people will oppose it, too much property would have to be confiscated and in general the mindset for that kind of system just isnt in this region.

You see the HOT lanes may help I-285 slightly but what about the rest of the metro or what happens when you get off I-285, or if you never use it to begin with. What I'm trying to get at is, these managed lanes on solve a small scope of issues and are in no way close to a fix especially without the lack of feasible alternatives and this is why I feel MARTA should be prioritized, to serve as a feasible means of commuting outside of driving.
MARTA will still only serve a limited % of the population no matter how much we spend (of course if Uncle Sam dropped 100 billion it might make a difference-but I'm talking expenditures that are even possible).
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