Four pieces of good news for urbanism in Atlanta
These news items came at me one right after another — no time to write about any of them indepth, so here’s a glimpse at each. We’ve got: expanded bike lanes; a streetcar test using its electronic wires; solid numbers on the $ savings if you switch to MARTA instead of car ownership; and a massive surface parking lot in Midtown becoming apartments. So much good stuff!
- Bike lane projects planned in Midtown (Decaturish)
This is a good report on the impressive number of bike lane projects in store for Midtown Atlanta. Councilman Kwanza Hall says: “Our aspirations are to take some pages out of some European cities and larger American cities, and offer a competitive experience, that our cyclists in town can enjoy.”
- Atlanta Streetcar to make test run of full route on Oct. 1 (Atlanta Intown)
In case you’re interested in having a really hard time staying awake this Thursday: the Atlanta Streetcar is conducting the first self-powered run of a train on its newly-electrified wires this Wednesday night, starting at 11pm and going until the following morning. It’ll be moving very slowly, I’m sure, testing out the power source and more.
- Public Transit Provides Your Budget Consistency Compared to Fluctuating Gas Prices (APTA)
According to a new report, Atlantans can save $9,467 per year by using transit instead of owning & driving a car. That number is made from a combo of average car ownership costs, current gas prices and the monthly cost of a transit pass. Not included in that number, the “stress miles” you save by sitting on a bus listening to podcasts, versus navigating through traffic.
- Ground Breaks on Two More Midtown Apartment Towers (Curbed Atlanta)
I’m very happy to see this long-time car pit, directly across the street from a key transit station, getting a new and better use: a 4 acre parking lot across the street from Midtown MARTA station is now under redevelopment as apartments
Photo: food trucks today on Forsyth Street, Downtown Atlanta; a block south of the streetcar tracks, which will be given another test run this week.