A light in the Flatiron Building on a gloomy Sunday morning in Downtown Atlanta.
Leaves falling at the corner of Fairlie & Poplar Streets today, Downtown Atlanta
Atlanta Eyes Federal Funds For Streetcar Expansion | WABE 90.1 FM -
"Atlanta is positioning itself to go after federal dollars to expand the soon-to-be-completed Atlanta Streetcar.
The city was recently named a Federal Transit Administration grant designee, which allows Atlanta to apply directly for federal transit funds for the first time.”
Foggy Atlanta morning
Mixed-use, the organic way
I was looking at that last photo I posted and it occurred to me what a great mix of uses there is in this view of Downtown Atlanta from Forsyth Street.
We’ve got: the residential Healey Building, the 191 & Equitable office towers, the Rialto theater, the court house, the GSU music school and the Ritz hotel — and ground-level retail & restaurants all around the Equitable and Healey buildings.
It’s an exciting mix to live in, particularly since it evolved in such an organic and gradual way over the years.
The Decatur Metro blog caught an interesting story this week: MARTA Shortens Morning Rush Hour Trains on East/West Line
According to the post, a reader reported a recent change in MARTA’s east-west Blue line, saying that trains have become “so crammed with passengers…that several people had great difficulty holding on, boarding and unboarding.”
Riders of the north-south line in the weekday mornings will recognize that situation as fairly normal through the Downtown and Midtown stations, but it hasn’t been the case on the Blue route until now. The reason? MARTA responded with this:
“Recent data shows that the ridership during the weekday, morning peak service period on the Blue Line did not require the use of the 8-car configuration during that time of the day. As a result, the configuration was changed to the standard 6-car train.”
Another letter from MARTA notes the decline in their ridership as being a factor. As I noted in a post earlier this year, MARTA is bucking a national trend in ridership. Where other systems in the US have gained passengers, MARTA has lost them.
CEO Keith Parker is aware that the agency needs to gain ridership in order to survive and wants to expand the service area to achieve that goal, saying earlier this year that “[MARTA’s] footprint is too small…We need to be in Cobb county. Many of the folks who ride our system are moving well beyond our service area.”
Which makes the news about the move of the Atlanta Braves to Cobb County all the more troubling, since county leaders there are taking a stance against expanding transit in order to serve the stadium.