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Old 01-11-2010, 01:13 PM
 
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When I left Connecticut in '05, I thought Hartford and the state was never going to get its act together. Now with the New Haven to Middletown to Hartford to Enfield to Springfield line, Hartford is even about to do more than Atlanta has done in the last 20 years and the state of Connecticut will pretty much have statewide rail and connections to Boston and NYC throughout most of the state (about the size of metro Atlanta in area). It's a sad day for Atlanta getting surpassed by Connecticut, which is almost completely suburban.
A train in Middletown? That would be awesome! When I was there we had to go to Meriden or New Haven. Having a train in town even if it just went to New Haven would be huge.
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Old 01-11-2010, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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I'm really not trying to be a downer here, but you're talking about trying to weave a complete new system through an existing area, whereas most systems that are already in place were done prior to (or during) the initial development of an area and in a far less litigious/regulatory era.
Not in all cases. The Twin Cities created the Hiawatha line rather recently, for example, and has drawn up plans for all sorts of additional lines.

It can be done. You just have to have the proper level of interest and regional cooperation in place to be able to do it. And the money, of course, which may make it much tougher going for the next few years regardless of political will.
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Old 01-11-2010, 02:15 PM
 
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Not in all cases. The Twin Cities created the Hiawatha line rather recently, for example, and has drawn up plans for all sorts of additional lines.

It can be done. You just have to have the proper level of interest and regional cooperation in place to be able to do it. And the money, of course, which may make it much tougher going for the next few years regardless of political will.
Yep...

Take a look at this rc:

//www.city-data.com/forum/12398186-post19.html
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Old 01-11-2010, 05:59 PM
 
Location: East Side of ATL
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5P would have to be redesigned to handle commuter rail traffic too, correct?
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Old 01-11-2010, 07:13 PM
 
Location: West Cobb (formerly Vinings)
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A train in Middletown? That would be awesome! When I was there we had to go to Meriden or New Haven. Having a train in town even if it just went to New Haven would be huge.
Actually, it's Berlin/Cromwell, but close to the West edge of Middletown. Didn't want to get your hopes up that I was talking about the center of Middletown near Wesleyan University. Unlike GA, CT played no games in getting it all packaged up and sent off to the Federal government to receive the grants as a "shovel ready" project. From start of serious discussions, the CT commuter rail through Hartford has taken about 7 years to get to where initial build-out will begin. By the way, there are some small cities along the line, and CT is the 4th most densely populated state in the US, however on average CT's density is about equal to that of metro Atlanta and many more entrenched Nimbys. Yet CT is able to get it done.

New Haven–Hartford–Springfield Commuter Rail Line - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Old 12-23-2011, 05:13 PM
 
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Hmmm...I could think of a few things to do with this money...


Audit: Georgia DOT sitting on $1billion

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/audit-georgia-dot-sitting-1billion/nF8X9/
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Old 12-23-2011, 05:24 PM
 
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Hmmm...I could think of a few things to do with this money...
If worse came to worse they could give it back to the taxpayers who paid it in.
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Old 12-23-2011, 05:28 PM
 
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If worse came to worse they could give it back to the taxpayers who paid it in.

Great idea...but I wouldn't hold my breath on it...
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Old 12-23-2011, 05:41 PM
 
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Great idea...but I wouldn't hold my breath on it...
Sad but true.

Wouldn't it be nice to have a government as interested in getting money back to you as it is in taking it away from you?


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Old 12-23-2011, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Actually, if that is true... the really sad part about is it... We can get alot more for the money by spending it now than waiting in a few years when the economy picks up more and there is more competition for resources (materials, labor, etc...). The cost of construction is bound to be much cheaper now, instead of when the economy is in full steam.
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