10/18: More thoughts on HOT, HOV lanes

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

The high-occupancy toll lanes on I-85 need time to prove their worth and become effective tools in managing traffic congestion.

But there’s no shortage of drivers who claim that they are unfair and confusing.

In fact, the old high occupancy vehicle lanes still have their detractors, who claim police write too many tickets to unsuspecting drivers.

Read what two guest columnists have to say and comment.

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dekalbcountyga

October 22nd, 2011
8:23 am

The Brain Train is a no-brainer. Do it.

Will the last Democrat in Georgia please turn off the lights?.....

October 20th, 2011
6:52 pm

A mass transit solution that may actually be much more politically and socially palatible in more conservative outlying counties outside of Fulton, DeKalb and Clayton Counties would be the implementation of high-frequency luxury-liner commuter rail service overseen by the state on existing freight rail lines that parallel gridlocked built-out interstates, like the existing Norfolk Southern/Amtrak rail line that runs parallel to the west of I-85 between Atlanta and Gainesville AND the existing CSX freight rail line already slated for future “Brain Train” commuter rail service that runs parallel to State Highways 29-8 and 316 between Atlanta and Athens and serves six major university campuses.

The Brain Train line in particular has the potential to completely change the increasingly outmoded and unsustainable auto-dominated mindset of the Atlanta Region towards one of a rail-centered economically developmental mindset.

The Brain Train could change the way that the Atlanta Region and Georgia forever think about transportation planning and land use by popularizing and revolutionizing rail-centered transit in the state with its potential for exceptionally heavy public use with its direct service of six major university campuses with large populations of college-age students who don’t always have dependable access to automobile transportation.

Will the last Democrat in Georgia please turn off the lights?.....

October 20th, 2011
6:35 pm

Bryan — MARTA supporter

October 20th, 2011
1:10 pm

“When is Gwinnett going to get on board like the rest of the region needs to and support MARTA?”

Gwinnett, and its I-75 Northwest Metro counterpart, Cobb County, are not going to get on board and support MARTA in its current form as no politician who values his or her political careers in those counties would dare even think of suggesting that taxpayers in those traditionally suburban conservative enclaves put forth one red cent to support a transit system that is widely perceived in those parts to be an extremely-dysfunctional poverty-spreading political tool of the City of Atlanta.

Though extreme congestion and a well-deserved INTERNATIONAL perception that the Atlanta Region and the State of Georgia stubbornly refuses to invest in its transportation infrastructure may force the state to soon finally act and overhaul MARTA into a regional local mass transit agency that serves larger parts of the five-county core of Metro Atlanta (Clayton, Cobb and Gwinnett in addition to Fulton and DeKalb) or at least something that is slightly more palatable to the longstanding ultraconservative anti-mass transit political and social sensitivities in politically right-leaning Gwinnett and Cobb Counties.

Mike

October 20th, 2011
1:25 pm

This whole thing is like putting a band aid on a gunshot wound. People are already scraping by and now the DOT wants us to pay for a road that we’ve already paid for.

Bryan -- MARTA supporter

October 20th, 2011
1:10 pm

When is Gwinnett going to get on board like the rest of the region needs to and support MARTA? I say close those lanes and put a MARTA heavy rail line right down the middle from the Doraville area to the I-85 and I-985 area with stops at Jimmy Carter, Indian Trail, Gwinnett Mall, and Mall of Georgia. People don’t want to pay and this would be a great option to bring people into the city fast and provide better cross county bus routes that connect to the rail line. More support would also mean increased bus and rail expansion within I-285 and increased frequencies. Let’s think like a REGION not as individuals like we have for the last 50 + years.

Will the last Democrat in Georgia please turn off the lights?.....

October 19th, 2011
4:47 pm

dekalbcountyga

October 19th, 2011
1:49 pm

I see that you enjoy throwing more gasoline on an already really large fire….