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Old 11-12-2017, 05:43 PM
 
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Seattle's transit commute rate is closer to the Philly/Boston group than the Atlanta group per Census estimates. This was true long before Seattle had any rail. Some of that is about density, some about urban policy (such as all major employers working to reduce SOV use via the Commute Trip Reduction Act), some is about the usefulness of a decent bus system with an HOV network. Also our density is concentrated near transit, vs. a townhouse city where it's more evenly spread.

That said, we really need more rail, and its construction is decades later than it should have been, just to serve the density arc we've already had. Maybe the density increases would have been even higher with more rail.
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Old 11-13-2017, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Downtown & Brooklyn!
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Maybe the density increases would have been even higher with more rail.
Without a doubt, and in many more areas too. Especially with 4 heavy rail lines vs 1 light rail.
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Old 11-13-2017, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Tampa - St. Louis
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What a shame. I really wish these measures could have passed. Iíd be kinda pissed if I were someone in Seattle or the Twin Cities today hearing about this. Itís kind of funny in a way that Atlanta ended up getting all the funding instead. I havenít been to the Twin Cities, but I feel like Seattle wouldíve made much greater use of something like this over Atlanta, and Iíd imagine the Twin Cities too.

But this is really great for Atlanta though. Iím sure this decision that they made will pay off for them in the future as the city continues to grow and add infill.
I think the decision already paid off for Atlanta. Without the airport hub and Marta, Atlanta would be more like Birmingham today. I think building a subway system back then was a signal to investors that it was ready to be a big city.
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Old 11-14-2017, 06:14 AM
 
Location: ATLANTA
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I think the decision already paid off for Atlanta. Without the airport hub and Marta, Atlanta would be more like Birmingham today. I think building a subway system back then was a signal to investors that it was ready to be a big city.

I have to Agree with this, Those two things are what gave Atlanta an Advantage,,, no doubt!!!
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