Macon Atlanta Commuter Express
A new commuter express train that travels from Atlanta, GA to Macon, GA with multiple stops in cities between the main stations. The commuter train would run 7 days a week and possibly 24 hours a day depending up on the circumstances and DOT laws. The 77-mile line to Macon would be the seed and the spark – the first phase in a commuter rail network that would spider throughout the metro region from a multimillion-dollar transit station downtown. The Atlanta region lacks a transportation hub that provides a central facility and transfer point for its existing and future intercity, regional and local transit services, and MACE intends to address this issue. I live on the out skirts of Metro Atlanta in McDonough, GA where if you don’t have personal transportation you are pretty much stuck. There is no such thing as public transportation like our counter-part Atlanta, in order to address this problem I would like to introduce the Macon Atlanta Commuter Express (MACE). In Georgia, the matter of building high-speed rail is every bit as tangled as the network of clogged roadways and rush-hour bottlenecks on the highways surrounding Atlanta. Metro Atlanta is one of the three largest areas in the country without a commuter rail line. The addition of trains to the mobility mix would relieve congestion, improve air quality and help drive more efficient development patterns (Abdullah, 2011). Other cities and areas of this country are outpacing us in terms of the realization that cars can’t do it all. One city that's come to grips with it is Charlotte. Metro Atlanta's competitor for jobs and residents took a proactive approach to its transportation options and built a 10-mile light-rail system in three years that has already exceeded expectations. According to the Association of American Railroads, rail business in the U.S. is poised for even greater gains,...
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