A writer at the Virginia Policy review takes a look at the way race shaped the coverage area of MARTA, and how a proposed new line could help connect minorities to employment opportunities in suburban job centers: MARTA Offers Equality a Seat on the Bus
Here’s a quote:
MARTA’s new plan…
If we really want to prevent future crises, it’s not going to be a matter of shutting down every time there’s a scary weather forecast, but investing in longer-term solutions to our sprawl.
Only in America
This would be a good investment for MARTA, which has experienced a drop in ridership the last couple of years.
A well-publicized upgrade of station interiors (which haven’t changed in 30 years) could attract more riders along with other efforts, such as the current plan to develop station parking lots as TODs.The writer of of this Atlantic Cities piece questions the logic of spending money on aesthetic upgrades, and if think this kind of station investment wouldn’t be appropriate in every system. But MARTA’s situation is unique in that it’s the only system in the US that’s losing riders. Certainly, service frequency & reliability are paramount, but the system also needs unique solutions like this.
Great read. What are your thoughts?
My friend Brian recently went to India, and he shared this advice:
- Always have cash (almost nobody accepts credit, even nice hotels sometimes).
- A cab ride should cost roughly 50 rupees per mile.
- A chai in the small glass cup on the street should cost 6 rupees.
- You have to spend a little money…