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Old 08-04-2019, 04:46 PM
 
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It's time that bus got a BRT upgrade. Dedicated lanes, signal priority and station-like stops.

Yep. Agreed.
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Old 08-04-2019, 04:52 PM
 
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I'm surprised by this. I thought it would have been the route that runs Memorial Drive in Dekalb County.
The Memorial Drive corridor is (probably) much higher income than Buford Highway. More of those people will be driving to their destinations. Buford Highway is pretty highly-populated, and with lower-income people. They would be more likely to use the bus to commute. This does not surprise me at all. In fact, if someone asked me where I thought bus usage was the highest, Buford Highway would be my first guess.
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Old 08-04-2019, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Decatur, GA
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The problem with Buford Highway LRT is the Feds will nix it same as they did the Arts Center-Buckhead streetcar because it "duplicates service."
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Old 08-04-2019, 06:05 PM
 
Location: North Atlanta
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The problem with Buford Highway LRT is the Feds will nix it same as they did the Arts Center-Buckhead streetcar because it "duplicates service."

I think FTA nixed that streetcar more because it was part of the overall corridor south of Arts Center which was directly adjacent to/on top of the MARTA North-South Line.
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Old 08-04-2019, 07:15 PM
 
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The Memorial Drive corridor is (probably) much higher income than Buford Highway. More of those people will be driving to their destinations. Buford Highway is pretty highly-populated, and with lower-income people. They would be more likely to use the bus to commute. This does not surprise me at all. In fact, if someone asked me where I thought bus usage was the highest, Buford Highway would be my first guess.
Yep, Memorial Drive has gotten pretty durn ritzy. You quickly get into the half million and up range for a home over there.
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Old 08-04-2019, 07:51 PM
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I think FTA nixed that streetcar more because it was part of the overall corridor south of Arts Center which was directly adjacent to/on top of the MARTA North-South Line.
It was a stupid idea. Buford Hwy should be enough removed. And BRT is not another rail line.
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Old 08-04-2019, 10:44 PM
 
Location: East Side of ATL
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The Memorial Drive corridor is (probably) much higher income than Buford Highway. More of those people will be driving to their destinations. Buford Highway is pretty highly-populated, and with lower-income people. They would be more likely to use the bus to commute. This does not surprise me at all. In fact, if someone asked me where I thought bus usage was the highest, Buford Highway would be my first guess.
I doubt, that they are too far apart in income.

Memorial drive where the 121/221 runs has numerous apartments and extended stay hotel. Exactly the customer who will use Marta. They dont have the 221 Express for no reason in that area.

Not sure of the headways on the 39 but I'm suprised no Express service is on this route. It seems that it would be perfect for this route.
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Old Yesterday, 04:15 AM
 
Location: Decatur, GA
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The 221 Express is aimed at P&R commuters from Gwinnett more than it's aimed at local service.
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Old Yesterday, 05:10 AM
 
Location: Valdosta (Atlanta Native)
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On the 180 this morning and never thought the bus would be standing room only not even halfway to the train station. Where are all these empty busses I keep hearing about?
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Old Yesterday, 07:24 AM
 
Location: The Greatest city on Earth: City of Atlanta Proper
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It's time that bus got a BRT upgrade. Dedicated lanes, signal priority and station-like stops.
Honestly, that would be a whole lot for not much in return. Buford Highway is only ever congested seriously at 3 intersections (285, North Druid Hills, Lenox Road) and it's mostly just at rush hour.

If we're going to spend money, I'd much rather it be on something transformational like an LRT or HRT extension from Lindbergh. The Buford Highway corridor certainly has the density to support rail easily
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