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Futur-tising Atlanta: The Star Trek Federation of today

May 29, 2013
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Things got crazy for a hot second there and that’s no excuse, but I apologize. I started that while daily posting thing off with a bang, and when it went south, I got disgruntled with myself and then it’s taken way too long to figure out what I should write about. I mean, I have a thousand and one things to write about bouncing around in my head, but I overwhelm myself. Look for some changes to the blog coming soon, but until then, here’s my attempt at getting back on the wagon!

So the MMPT. I’ve been pretty quiet about this one, but I’m not a fan. Sure, it’d be great to have, but I don’t see it as the necessity to the city that others do. We’re ultimately talking about a train station with twelve rail platforms and no train service what-so ever, making it a big, overpriced, glorified bus terminal. I’d rather see us focus on bringing some rail into the city, but Norfolk Southern is now saying commuter rail will happen downtown on their tracks when trains learn to fly, or better yet, teleport.

You can read the AJC article for free (cause they’re trying to pursue more of a paid model to the detriment of news) over at Mass Transit: http://bit.ly/1131pTm

Of course, I am for some commuter rail (despite the prospect of it promoting sprawl) because we won’t be building heavy rail to Stonecrest Mall because that’s stupid and Clayton certainly needs all the help we can get, but we don’t need this MMPT for it to happen. You can bring commuter rail from Clayton into East Point to a platform, get people on to MARTA and the airport faster, and save the money of the track work into downtown. Once that is up and running and successful, then we can build a fancy pants terminal.

Don’t get me wrong, I would love to see a gorgeous train station downtown once again, but it’s not a chicken and egg debate. If you build a train station, trains don’t just come like baseball games. And frankly, the trains are more important.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 3, 2013 9:55 am

    “We’re ultimately talking about a train station with twelve rail platforms and no train service what-so ever, making it a big, overpriced, glorified bus terminal.”

    The overpriced part I’m not crazy about, but I certainly wouldn’t mind a nice bus terminal downtown to accommodate Megabus, MARTA and the commuter buses. I don’t think that’s a bad idea at all. San Francisco is building one with their new Transbay bus terminal and there are others as well — it’s a good service to provide.

    The scenario with Megabus passengers waiting in the rain on West Peachtree near the Civic Center station is pretty sad. And the MARTA bus waiting area south of the Five Points station is just gross (though some of that is just south downtown needing help). Having a nice covered terminal for all those would be good. I don’t know if there’s a way to reconfigure the MMPT plan to do that alone and be less costly.

  2. atlurbanist permalink
    June 3, 2013 9:57 am

    “We’re ultimately talking about a train station with twelve rail platforms and no train service what-so ever, making it a big, overpriced, glorified bus terminal.”

    The overpriced part I’m not crazy about, but I certainly wouldn’t mind a nice bus terminal downtown to accommodate Megabus, MARTA and the commuter buses. I don’t think that’s a bad idea at all. San Francisco is building one with their new Transbay bus terminal and there are others as well — it’s a good service to provide.

    The scenario with Megabus passengers waiting in the rain on West Peachtree near the Civic Center station is pretty sad. And the MARTA bus waiting area south of the Five Points station is just gross (though some of that is just south downtown needing help). Having a nice covered terminal for all those would be good. I don’t know if there’s a way to reconfigure the MMPT plan to do that alone and be less costly.

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