Investing in Transit to Keep Atlanta Moving
In this opinion piece, Yvonne Williams argues that the city needs to continue to invest in its transit system before traffic congestion cripples the city's productivity.
"Atlanta has a world-class airport. Atlanta also was once a leader in public transit in the 1970s and '80s when MARTA was among the first of the new urban passenger rail systems. Today, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix and other cities are investing billions of dollars in public transit while Atlanta is lagging behind.
With some of the worst traffic congestion in the nation (No. 3 on Forbes Magazine's "Worst Cities for Commuters" list in 2010) and expected population growth of 3 million in the next 30 years, it is urgent that metro Atlanta improve its transportation infrastructure and land use policies. More transit must be a major part of the fix."
Thanks to The Overhead Wire