About the proposed commuter train in Northeast Atlanta comes from Emory Morsberger
Morsberger has described the prospective ridership as “… not country folks with gun racks on the back of their pickups. They are $150,000-a-year professors and scientists who’d rather be relaxing on a train with a notebook computer than fighting traffic on I-85.”
Your kind aren’t welcome on the train. Of course black folk aren’t either. That’s why Gwinnett keeps blocking MARTA extensions (why yes, I am pouring oxygen on an open flame).
I actually support commuter rail. Government makes no real profit off roads so I don’t really find commuter rail subsidization arguments to be super effective.
I will say this though — a commuter rail has the potential to be a white elephant. It can burden the state with costs. I’m willing for the county governments to provide some money, but some does not mean infinite. The majority of the costs should be paid for by commuters through tickets and parking lots.
I also think there needs to be widespread community support for the project and eminent domain use should be minimized. The Lovejoy line was nutty because so few people supported it. I suspect that the Gwinnett line might get more support. If so, the taxpayers there should be willing to cover the costs.