Maglev is in The Air!
It seems like Downtown Atlanta is starting to gain back its momentum of being the center of the universe again. With the SkyView opening next to Centennial Olympic Park, the Streetcar expediting construction, the humanitarian spirit of Georgia State University, and the new attractions next to the World of Coke, everyone will be flocking back to the core of Terminus. Now let’s think outside the box for a minute… What could make a Downtown even more accessible and eye-popping at the same time? The answer is in levitation…
There are plans according to the City of Atlanta on alternative modes of transportation to Turner Field (as if buses just weren’t enough). Our options are light rail (formerly approached by MARTA but axed as a Locally Preferred Alternative) and a new form of rail not approached in the South known as Maglev. If you don’t know, think of the MARTA rail, but operated by magnetic levitation on an axle, rather than wheels and tracks.
The Maglev track between Five Points and Turner Field would be wonderful for Braves Commuters and Summerpeoples Park (it’s a real place) residents alike. But wait! There’s more!!! Why stop there? The Streetcar will only go so far now, so why doesn’t Maglev pick up where it leaves? It would serve as a great last-minute connectivity trail for Georgia State, Federal and local employees, tourists to the Zoo and Peachtree Center, and that coveted new stadium…(MARTA problem solved.)
MARTA and the City of Atlanta should definitely hop on this. Maybe I can suggest calling the “Georgia Entrepreneur” who took his talents to build a maglev system between the Orlando Airport and Disney World?