Discussion on Atlanta's economy, schools, transportation, leadership, quality of life

Atlanta Streetcar: Early impressions

3:28 pm Feb. 23, 2015

How should the new Atlanta Streetcar system be measured after two months? And should it be measured at all at this early stage of the game? Those questions are addressed in our latest pro/con. The city’s streetcar chief is firing back at news reports that ridership numbers are falling short of projections, questioning the methodology used by reporters. In our second column, a transportation analyst suggests money for the streetcar

Makeover for MARTA bus

3:20 pm Feb. 16, 2015

Take Our PollModerated by Tom Sabulis

In today’s column, I talked with MARTA executives and discuss the virtues and faults of MARTA’s bus system, a service the agency is now analyzing and looking to revamp. With ridership creeping up, it’s a good time to capitalize on the coverage the bus system provides. Part of the solution lies in smaller vehicles, more consistent rides and better frequencies. In our second

Support the transportation bill

2:00 pm Feb. 9, 2015

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

The House transportation bill continues to be reworked as state legislators look to raise $1 billion to $1.5 billion in new annual revenue for road and bridge repairs. Backers also want to commit regular state funding for transit. Today, a Northside business organization writes in support of the legislation and against detractors who balk at increased taxes. In our second column, the Georgia Transit Association says the

Transportation bill pro and cons

2:14 pm Feb. 2, 2015

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

The House Transportation bill has dominated headlines, and drawn its share of critical fire, since its introduction recently. Today, a member of the transportation infrastructure committee that developed guidelines for the bill answers detractors with a call for much-needed action. In turn, the leader of a statewide cities group suggests a broader search for revenue, rather than the current legislation, which he says would decimate city budgets.

Transportation taxes

2:00 pm Jan. 26, 2015

The Georgia General Assembly is deep in discussions about adding transportation revenue through new taxes. Even Republicans seem to agree something must be done to raise more than $1.5 billion annually to pay for the upkeep of our aging infrastructure. But the idea of new taxes still rankles some fiscal conservatives, such as today’s lead columnist. And while we’re on the topic of new taxes for projects to move people,

In a bind for transportation dollars

2:00 pm Jan. 19, 2015

Moderated By Tom Sabulis

A state House study committee recently filed its final report on whether Georgia should allow driverless cars on its roads. It recommended that the state take a wait-and-see approach; there are simply too many unknowns about the technology. A Fayette County commissioner today writes about what should come next. In our lead column, a conservative policy advocate weighs in on the tough choices needed to raise transportation

MARTA expansion

3:00 pm Dec. 15, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

MARTA is proposing a light rail line to serve the busy Clifton Road Corridor, home to Emory University, the CDC and the Atlanta VA hospital, among others. At a recent information session for residents, citizens were cautiously receptive to the project, which would run from the Lindbergh MARTA rail station southeast along Clifton to the Avondale station. If anything, the consensus wanted to see more tunneling near

MARTA, northern suburbs and streetcar

2:27 pm Dec. 8, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

The mayor of Sandy Springs today expands on recent comments following the departure of World Pay for Atlanta. He writes of the need to take advantage of MARTA’s presence, because young workers value public transportation. Also, the developer of Avalon in Alpharetta urges the region’s leaders to bring MARTA farther north in Fulton County. Finally, the chief operating officer of the Atlanta Streetcar weighs in on the

Fuel, Forsyth and our future

1:30 pm Dec. 1, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

As a committee of state legislators wraps up its report on transportation infrastructure funding, we hear from a trucking industry leader who breaks down what he calls the unfair local tax that hurts both freight haulers and the state’s coffers. Also, a Forsyth County commissioner writes how local voters approved a $200 millon transportation bond. Finally, a road builder urges Congress to fix the bleeding Highway Trust