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Atlanta & Transit: Once a Leader, Now Lagging

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Published on Sep 14, 2009

Watch the growth of MARTA compared to 5 peer cities that started building modern rail transit after us (Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Portland, & Seattle) -- and see how Atlanta is quickly falling behind. This video was created for the CfPT / Sierra Club talk on transit in Atlanta on Sept 10.

Disclaimer regarding the 2009-2020 portion -- generally, the future segments shown are limited to projects that have an identifiable funding source and path to implementation, typically with a specific target opening date set. For instance, the late-'10s Seattle projects are the ones to be funded by the "Sound Transit 2" ballot referendum that passed last summer. Ditto for the FasTracks initiative in Denver.

It's true that Atlanta has many plans for various future lines, but nothing nearly as concrete as the future segments shown for the other cities. The funding source, opening date, and in some cases even the building/operating agency are still big question marks for all of the local expansion proposals.

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