Atlanta Envious of New Phoenix Light Rail

As a new light rail system begins operation in Phoenix, Atlanta residents look on with envy. Some worry that the lack of viable public transit in Atlanta threatens the city's competitiveness.
January 3, 2009, 1pm PST | Nate Berg
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"Two years ago, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce invited reporters to hear officials from Phoenix and other cities talk about their new transportation initiatives. The message was clear: Atlanta and Georgia could be left in the dust."

"On Wednesday, Sam Williams, president of the chamber, said in a statement that 'cities that have made transportation a priority, like Phoenix, Dallas and Charlotte, continue to leapfrog Atlanta with respect to regional mobility. While these areas make progress, we seem choked in congestion with little leadership to get us out.'"

"As another legislative session begins, Atlanta remains the second-most-congested urban area in the nation. The Georgia Legislature has tried and failed to pass a transportation funding measure and is preparing for another go in the 2009 session."

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Published on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 in Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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