PLANNING MASSIVE ACCESSIBILITY FOR CENTRAL ATLANTA: A STUDY OF MISLEADING PROJECTIONS

Urban transportation planning in Atlanta has evolved in the 1950's and 1960's on the premise the massive new accessibility is needed for the Central Area of the city to accommodate vast increases in downtown trips. Projections have been made with little concession to reality, stemming from an unwillingness to collect and study existing data and trends. Peak hour trips to the Central Area have stabilized, but more radial capacity is being proposed. The Atlanta fixed rail rapid transit program has been justified by the doctrine of massive new accessibility for the downtown area. Little consideration was given to busways, and benefit/cost studies did not compare alternate systems. Also, instead of casting mass transit as a substitute for additional freeway construction, the local transit agency, MARTA, has agreed to support a new expressway network also focusing on the Central Area.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Planning Transport Associates, Incorporated

    P.O. Box 4824, Duke Station
    Durham, NC  USA  27706
  • Authors:
    • Hamer, A
    • Hartshorn, T
  • Publication Date: 1974

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  • Accession Number: 00080775
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: High Speed Ground Transportation Journal
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 27 1981 12:00AM