Tag: Atlanta streetcar project

Transit relic won’t help transportation

This op-ed appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on January 28, 2014. By Benita Dodd Watching the evolving justification for the Atlanta Streetcar project’s benefits is like watching a shell game. It’s anybody’s guess what reason will turn up next: mobility, congestion relief, economic development, environmental benefits or tourism. Only the naïve would place a bet. Back when it applied for a $47 million federal grant for the streetcar, the city predicted that “automobile trips will be diverted to the safer streetcar mode, which will thereby reduce accidents and increase pedestrian safety because more travelers will be using the streetcar instead of traveling by automobile.” (The application also admitted that more than 57 percent of the people within a quarter-mile of… View Article
Streetcar costs are climbing, and not just in Atlanta. A reporter from the Cincinnati Enquirer sought the Foundation’s analysis of rising costs after a $17.4 million budget gap for that city’s controversial streetcar project was announced — and planners warned it won’t be the last increase. Among the problems in Atlanta’s case, “Nobody had an accurate indication of the underground infrastructure,” said Benita Dodd, vice president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, an Atlanta-based think tank. “Now, there’s a huge battle as to who’s going to pay for that” cost overrun. http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20130513/NEWS/305130021 View Article

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