URBAN RESTRUCTURING: ONE GOAL OF THE NEW ATLANTA TRANSIT SYSTEM

Urban transportation systems shape the population centers they serve and affect other modes of transportation, land-use patters and activities, social and economic conditions, and environmental form and quality. Too often, urban transportation systems evolve haphazardly, imposing their influence before planners have set their goals or chosen transport modes to help achieve them. A two-county rail transit system being built by the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) is not following this pattern. The components of the MARTA system are described, along with funding support and fare setup. The system will modify the Atlanta metropolitan area structure by helping achieve such planning objectives as the following: stabilization of the central business district; encouragement of commercial development aroung certain passenger stations, creating nodes or employment centers that commuters can reach without personal transportation; and the slowdown of urban sprawl, stimulating a larger share of future growth within the central city.

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: p. 45-60
  • Serial:
    • Traffic Quarterly
    • Volume: 33
    • Issue Number: 1
    • Publisher: Eno Transportation Foundation
    • ISSN: 0041-0713

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00399721
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 28 2002 12:00AM