MARTA is hosting public comment sessions about extending rail service up the GA-400 corridor. We’ve discussed this before, but note the tone of Senator Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) in the article below from WXIA. (Then look back inside those parenthesis at that “R”):
State Senator Brandon Beach, who leads the North Fulton Community Improvement District, said the time to add more rail has come.
“When you look at the 400 corridor, there are 900 technology companies, and that attracts a young, smart employee,” said Beach. “They want to ride their bikes; they want to take a train; they want to take transit; they want alternatives.”
He also says people have changed their opinions about a MARTA expansion.
Beach told WABE, “In 1999, when I was first elected to Alpharetta City Council, if I would have mentioned that I was supportive of transit, I would have probably been run out of office. Today the attitude has completely changed.
There are places in Atlanta where transit will work. And frankly, as I’ve discussed before, it’s about time we stop considering “transit” as a means to move poor people. Or more specifically, exclusively poor people. Transit only works as a solution for all of the city/region when all of the city/region feel comfortable with it. (Relax Cherokee and Fayette Counties, we’re not talking about you any time soon.)
An extension of the rail line up GA-400 would not be about moving commuters downtown (though that, and rides to the airport would certainly be non-stop possible). Look at the growth going in around Perimeter Center, arguably Atlanta’s new downtown (TM by Dick Williams). This is as much about being able to get workers into that land locked and gridlocked region as anywhere else. It’s the next most logical expansion of MARTA rail (with the possible exception of the Emory corridor line from the last T-SPLOST.), and it will postively impact us all for generations if/when it happens. Let’s get moving on this.
Moving – the opposite of GA-400 in both directions at rush hour.