Atlanta is a city on the move. Projections have us tripling in size over the next 25 years. With our amazing airport, the Atlanta BeltLine, beautiful tree-lined neighborhoods, some of the world’s biggest companies and more than seven great colleges and universities, Atlanta needs a transportation system that can keep up with the breathtaking pace of our growth. I say go big or go home.
I’ll start by building 5 new transit lines simultaneously so we can get serious about transit oriented development and give people real options for mobility without cars. For the first time, we’ll be able to reduce expensive parking infrastructure and build a range of housing choices for people at all income levels, family sizes, ages and abilities in every quadrant of the city. And more residents will be able to avoid the expense of owning cars for basic transportation needs.
Smart growth means smart planning. We can’t go it alone. MARTA will be our partner in the planning and development of the expanded system and they’ll be the operator for what we build. I’ll work with government and business leaders around the region to secure state gas tax dollars for transit operations and federal money to match our local transportation investments.
And making the last mile work in this aggressive new infrastructure wouldn’t be complete without wide, accessible sidewalks and segregated bike lanes that will help us get to school, work and home without jumping in a car or bus for shorter hauls.
High speed rail to Savannah, Athens, Macon and Columbus will give people more options to develop business relationships across our state. And a multimodal station to make transfers from plane to train to bus to bike easy will bring it all together. This isn’t a long term vision for Atlanta – getting you and me out of traffic now is my biggest priority.