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View Poll Results: Would you ride maglev to Savannah over car at least 50% of time?
Yes 50 73.53%
No 7 10.29%
Maybe/Not sure 10 14.71%
Other (pleas specify) 1 1.47%
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Old 04-07-2010, 10:37 PM
 
Location: Smyrna (metro Atlanta)
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Default Maglev to Savannah - would you ride?

If there were a maglev that could get you to Savannah in 3 hours - and by proxy Tybee Island and Hilton Head in almost the same time, would you take it even if it meant taking a taxi when you got to Savannah? Would you do this at least 50% of the time over driving.

This is a completely hypothetical thing. Obviously, the state has talked about maglev to Savannah port, but I'm just looking to see what people would do.

Main reason I'm curious is because one of Atlanta's weaknesses is distance from the beach. I think a maglev to the beach, that doubles as a connection to Savannah for freight and tourism, could make that into much less of a weakness.
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Old 04-08-2010, 04:20 AM
 
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I would take a maglev ANYWHERE. How cool....
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Old 04-08-2010, 05:31 AM
 
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I'd take a Maglev or bullet train. In fact, I'd be happy if the Atlanta to Savannah line is the only bullet train line that existed in the United States.
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Old 04-08-2010, 05:59 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island and Atlanta, GA
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In a heartbeat. The idea of reading while traveling to Savannah instead of making that horrible trek down I-16 is too good to entertain. Bliss!
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Old 04-08-2010, 06:56 AM
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I would do it 100% of the time.

That drive is SSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOO BOOOOOOOOOOOOOORRRRRINNNNNGG!

I'd probably also go there about ten times more often than I do now.
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Old 04-08-2010, 08:27 AM
 
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Yes, definitely.

It would be oh-so-great especially if the maglev pulled into a station in or very close to the historic district/downtown. Very walkable and no need for a long taxi ride.


I'm missing my Savannah as I write this.
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Old 04-08-2010, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Midtown Atlanta
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By the time this state's government gets around to doing anything about transportation, including a maglev, you'll be able, instead, to simply have Scotty beam you from Atlanta to Savannah...
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Old 04-08-2010, 09:35 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island and Atlanta, GA
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By the time this state's government gets around to doing anything about transportation, including a maglev, you'll be able, instead, to simply have Scotty beam you from Atlanta to Savannah...
*Chuckle*
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Old 04-08-2010, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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If there were a maglev that could get you to Savannah in 3 hours - and by proxy Tybee Island and Hilton Head in almost the same time, would you take it even if it meant taking a taxi when you got to Savannah? Would you do this at least 50% of the time over driving.
Yes, at least for a few trips. The drive from Atlanta to Savannah isn't exactly the most exciting drive in the world.

Heck, I'd go the first time just to ride the train!
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Old 04-08-2010, 12:30 PM
 
Location: ITP - City of Atlanta Proper
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I would be totally down for that since Savannah and the surrounding area is one of my favorite places in the world. The economic benefits would be great for both cities. People in Savannah could commute to Atlanta for work and vice versa. You could take the train in to Savannah and rent a car to go to Tybee, Hilton Head, or St. Simons and be back in Atlanta for dinner. Not to mention the jobs that would need to be created to build and maintain such a train.

Sadly, I agree with everyone who said that the current state leadership is the biggest problem in making this a reality. Keep in mind this isn't a left or right political argument. People from both parties are capable of being progressively minded about infrastruce development. The problem right now is that the state "leaders" are more concerned about their little fifedoms in their particular corner of Georgia than seeing the bigger picture for the whole state.
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