Could Atlanta Transit Be Profitable…Again?

Inman Park Trolley Barn on Edgewood Avenue Streetcar Line Atlanta’s first electric streetcar line was introduced in 1889 and operated on private funds.  And it was profitable.  The streetcar ran from Joel Hurt’s downtown skyscraper, the Hurt Building, along Edgewood Avenue to Inman Park.  Edgewood Avenue was originally built for horsecars but electric streetcars replaced them just 3 years later. Just like the Atlanta & Edgewood Street Railway, BeltLine … [Read more...]

A Better BeltLine Transit Solution

Hey Atlanta, I’ve got a question for you – what do you get when you combine the reliability of car travel, the rider capacity of a railway, the convenience of a bike, and the savings of those shareable scooters?  It’s Glydways – an autonomous transportation network capable of revolutionizing mass transit and BeltLine travel for the better. How Does It Work? The concept of Glydways is simple. By using a system of autonomous vehicles that travel within the space of a bike lane, we … [Read more...]

Give the Atlanta Streetcar Wings

I’ve been for streetcars on the BeltLine from the get-go, but only because they will run in dedicated guideways. Remove them from that context and run them through our city streets and they’re just another bus stuck in traffic. That a number of the planned 50 miles of streetcar lines will be integrated into already crowded city streets prompts this, my third post in an “upgrade the streetcar” theme. In my last post on the subject, I proposed some upgrades to the hundred-year-old technology … [Read more...]