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UPDATE: Maybe Southwest Airlines is now advocating for H-S-R via their support of the following: [http://bit.ly/1uN09Ib]?

1 week, 2 days ago on High-speed rail not a consideration in Atlanta airport’s master plan

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The public has a chance to provide "stakeholder" input to the State Rail Plan proposal for commuter/intercity passenger as well as freight service(s) at GA DOT meetings today(8/12) in Dalton, tomorrow (8/13) in Atlanta(40 Courtland St.), and Thursday, (8/14) (300 N. Lee St.) in Valdosta. It's now or never, Clayton/Macon commuter rail boosters!

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Commuter rail from Atlanta to Lovejoy is: ‘The Little Engine That Could’

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Blocking information from the public is not only the m.o. of NS, but the entire U.S. rail industry. Their learning curve was the mountain of disasters unfolded upon the public during the Vanderbilt/Credit Mobilier/robber baron eras, and under Southern/NS included the likes of Aragon(GA.),Graniteville(SC),  Lancaster(PA), and Jones county(MS), and Alexandria(VA).

Mixed among the derailments, electrocution, and deaths, in part or whole attempts to obscure from the public their less than stellar "public service" responsibilities, by hiding their true perilous operation, they simply are operating in their accustomed fashion.

Amtrak operated commuter service between the proposed MMPT and Lovejoy/Macon? A horse of a different colour!  

1 month ago on Clayton County’s proposed transit partner reports record profits

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@DougAlexander 

Why not use what we already have?

Georgia transportation funding (at least for transit and commuter rail purposes) has an easy solution. In 2019, the lease of the State of Georgia owned Western & Atlantic right-of-way is up for renewal. The 50 yr. lease (worth little more than a $million/yr based on 1969 dollars/estimates) is currently held by CSX Corp., which has incorporated the property into it's system maps, and utilizes the line of railroad to link it's mid-western routes/traffic floes to it's southeast (Atlanta connected) network, over a more level(and thus much lest costly) routing, than utilizing it's only alternative train routing via the more "mountainous" Birmingham, AL (ex-Louisville & Nashville RR)mainline. Outside investor groups may well be in a position to increase the value of the W & A  right-of-way by starting a bidding war on the route, or conversely, the State Properties Commission could negotiate in extracting urgently needed transit route upgrades/tradeoffs(think adding Marta/commuter rail operations(to Cobb/Cherokee/Bartow/(Athens)Clarke/Walton/Fayette) linking downtown Atlanta to any of the aforementioned counties/destinations on the rest of CSX 's north Georgia network. The W & A lease renewal(not unlike NS 's lease of the (State owned) North Carolina Railroad) should reap a windfall for Georgia's dollar and rights-of-way impinged transit budget. One wonders if either candidate Carter or (Gov.)Deal is up to the task? - See more at: http://saportareport.com/blog/2014/07/wanted-leaders-who-make-tough-decisions-on-transportation-funding/#sthash.IS7RWQib.dpuf

1 month ago on Commuter rail from Atlanta to Lovejoy is: ‘The Little Engine That Could’

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Georgia transportation funding (at least for transit and commuter rail purposes) has an easy solution. In 2019, the lease of the State of Georgia owned Western & Atlantic right-of-way is up for renewal. The 50 yr. lease (worth little more than a $million/yr based on 1969 dollars/estimates) is currently held by CSX Corp., which has incorporated the property into it's system maps, and utilizes the line of railroad to link it's mid-western routes/traffic floes to it's southeast (Atlanta connected) network, over a more level(and thus much lest costly) routing, than utilizing it's only alternative train routing via the more "mountainous" Birmingham, AL (ex-Louisville & Nashville RR)mainline. Outside investor groups may well be in a position to increase the value of the W & A  right-of-way by starting a bidding war on the route, or conversely, the State Properties Commission could negotiate in extracting urgently needed transit route upgrades/tradeoffs(think adding Marta/commuter rail operations(to Cobb/Cherokee/Bartow/(Athens)Clarke/Walton/Fayette) linking downtown Atlanta to any of the aforementioned counties/destinations on the rest of CSX 's north Georgia network. The W & A lease renewal(not unlike NS 's lease of the (State owned) North Carolina Railroad) should reap a windfall for Georgia's dollar and rights-of-way impinged transit budget. One wonders if either candidate Carter or (Gov.)Deal is up to the task?

1 month ago on Wanted: Leaders who make tough decisions on transportation funding

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One assumes that either Norfolk Southern management has become so disconnected from the real world and prior (in cases, decades old considerations and decisions) made at the top echelons of it's ranks, that it is currently running a true malfunction-junction of a railroad, unaware of prior legal agreements and obligations affecting not only their bottom line, but indeed, the rest of the nationally connected rail network, with it's attendant transportation obligations to safely operate it's network while efficiently and smoothly moving and interchanging it's surface transport burden of freight AND passengers.

Why not re-coup frittered away opportunity(-ies) and  dollars? See below from Saporta Reports...........

One wonders if Tom Bell knew W. Graham Claytor, Jr., former Southern Railway chief counsel(to D. W. Brosnan), former President, Southern Railway(a Norfolk Southern component railroad), former Secretary of the U.S. Navy, and last but not least, a former Amtrak President. One wonders if the two, or others, "positioned" themselves to profit from "deals" directly damaging to Georgia's passenger and freight rail operational future(s)(in the 1970's, and 80's) which have cost the taxpayers, untold hundreds of millions of dollars by legal manipulation of (then)regulated passenger rail operations(anyone remember the Nancy Hanks or the Man 'O War operated by NS(SOUTHERN Rwy) subsidiary Central of Georgia. C of GA?), yes,THAT railroad which "joined" Amtrak, only to discontinue multiple passenger trains and routes serving Atlanta(and Clayton County) from the likes of Macon and Columbus. The City of Miami, which at Amtrak's inception, linked Albany, Georgia to Columbus Georgia, "lost" their passenger rail service(s), too. Mr. Friedman, an NS "big wig", who has already nixed(in HIS mind at least) use of NS tracks to access the proposed "gulch" MMPT in downtown Atlanta by passenger/transit trains, now is deriding use of former Central of Georgia tracks through Clayton County, for heavy rail transit/commuter/intercity trains operated by Amtrak, into Atlanta, which Amtrak COULD operate, as it accepted Central of Georgia as a member railroad upon creation by Congress in 1970. Going this route(literally and figuratively) would recoup SOME of those hundred$ of million$. Just a thought, and a wink of a green light to innovation. SOUTHERN(rwy) SERVED THE SOUTH! NS? Nah.

- See more at: http://saportareport.com/blog/2014/07/claytons-vote-for-marta-a-turning-point-for-regional-transit/#sthash.MRnthWkT.dpuf

Perhaps, one day, Mr. Edwards may have the insight of a Wick Mooreman, or a Tom Bell, or a Graham Claytor, Jr., and have a more complete understanding of those obligations from the past, while not losing sight and insight of the future, but, from his letter to the Chair of the Clayton County Commission, that day is certainly quite distant. One also might assume that Mr. Claytor, rapidly rotates in his plot, upon "seeing" late developments at "his" railroad. Tempus fugit.  

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Commuter rail from Atlanta to Lovejoy is: ‘The Little Engine That Could’

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For transit advocates whose transit choices have been brilliantly...."slowed"........{http://bit.ly/1sAHTBt}

1 month, 2 weeks ago on New regional transit trip-planner website growing slowly, as planned

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Why not re-coup frittered away opportunity(-ies) and  dollars? See below from Saporta Reports...........

One wonders if Tom Bell knew W. Graham Claytor, Jr., former Southern Railway chief counsel(to D. W. Brosnan), former President, Southern Railway(a Norfolk Southern component railroad), former Secretary of the U.S. Navy, and last but not least, a former Amtrak President. One wonders if the two, or others, "positioned" themselves to profit from "deals" directly damaging to Georgia's passenger and freight rail operational future(s)(in the 1970's, and 80's) which have cost the taxpayers, untold hundreds of millions of dollars by legal manipulation of (then)regulated passenger rail operations(anyone remember the Nancy Hanks or the Man 'O War operated by NS(SOUTHERN Rwy) subsidiary Central of Georgia. C of GA?), yes,THAT railroad which "joined" Amtrak, only to discontinue multiple passenger trains and routes serving Atlanta(and Clayton County) from the likes of Macon and Columbus. The City of Miami, which at Amtrak's inception, linked Albany, Georgia to Columbus Georgia, "lost" their passenger rail service(s), too. Mr. Friedman, an NS "big wig", who has already nixed(in HIS mind at least) use of NS tracks to access the proposed "gulch" MMPT in downtown Atlanta by passenger/transit trains, now is deriding use of former Central of Georgia tracks through Clayton County, for heavy rail transit/commuter/intercity trains operated by Amtrak, into Atlanta, which Amtrak COULD operate, as it accepted Central of Georgia as a member railroad upon creation by Congress in 1970. Going this route(literally and figuratively) would recoup SOME of those hundred$ of million$. Just a thought, and a wink of a green light to innovation. SOUTHERN(rwy) SERVED THE SOUTH! NS? Nah. - See more at: http://saportareport.com/blog/2014/07/norfolk-southern-in-sound-position-if-talks-begin-over-rail-transit-in-clayton-county/#sthash.LuuepFBk.dpuf

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Clayton’s yes vote for MARTA sales tax ‘a turning point’ for regional transit

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One wonders if Tom Bell knew W. Graham Claytor, Jr., former Southern Railway chief counsel(to D. W. Brosnan), former President, Southern Railway(a Norfolk Southern component railroad), former Secretary of the U.S. Navy, and last but not least, a former Amtrak President. One wonders if the two, or others, "positioned" themselves to profit from "deals" directly damaging to Georgia's passenger and freight rail operational future(s)(in the 1970's, and 80's) which have cost the taxpayers, untold hundreds of millions of dollars by legal manipulation of (then)regulated passenger rail operations(anyone remember the Nancy Hanks or the Man 'O War operated by NS(SOUTHERN Rwy) subsidiary Central of Georgia. C of GA?), yes,THAT railroad which "joined" Amtrak, only to discontinue multiple passenger trains and routes serving Atlanta(and Clayton County) from the likes of Macon and Columbus. The City of Miami, which at Amtrak's inception, linked Albany, Georgia to Columbus Georgia, "lost" it's passenger rail service(s), too. Mr. Friedman, an NS "big wig", who has already nixed(in HIS mind at least) use of NS tracks to access the proposed "gulch" MMPT in downtown Atlanta by passenger/transit trains, now is deriding use of former Central of Georgia tracks through Clayton County, for heavy rail transit/commuter/intercity trains operated by Amtrak, into Atlanta, which Amtrak COULD operate, as it accepted Central of Georgia as a member railroad upon creation by Congress in 1970. Going this route(literally and figuratively) would recoup SOME of those hundred$ of million$. Just a thought, and a wink of a green light to innovation. SOUTHERN(rwy) SERVED THE SOUTH! NS? Nah.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Norfolk Southern in sound position if talks begin over rail transit in its freight corridor in Clayton County

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Now, it doesn't take office buildings full of transit planners for such facilities.....transit planning(and it's impact(s)) can easily be configured with a few clicks of a mouse........ {{http://bit.ly/1sAHTBt}}......enjoy!

2 months ago on Questions of MARTA and transit get ignored in Cobb-Braves stadium plans

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Just curious........Do you consider Southern Company's Georgia Power unit one of those "profit-hungry" business/real estate interests? If so, how did transit in Atlanta so devolve from when GAPOWR ran the streetcar lines, then "bailed", when it became unprofitable? What kind of "good" corporate citizen are they anyway? And besides.....why didn't they just raise the streetcar fares to maintain "profitability", as they are currently so doing with public backing of their(or is it "our") nuclear plant construction? And where was/is the Georgia "Public ""Service"" Commission" in the midst of all these "regulated" transactions. Just tipping martinis at the Commerce Club I suppose.....but I digress......

4 months ago on Technology can improve transit but not replace new network investment

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 It's not an impasse - but sheer refusal to preform the task at hand. How could the longe range plan to 2040 already be approved by ARC/GRTA without public input from last weeks regional meetings (Dalton, Atlanta, Valdosta) in re the long term(to 2040) state of Georgia passenger rail plan? I smell a rat, or at the very least, some "strawman" meetings, to placate those of us "in the know" but, unlikely to accept this continuing bamboozlement by the state of Georgia DOT, Intermodal Division. A critical question of Mr. Boxler, it's director, was asked recently - if his department was ready to immediately assume operation of the passenger train services currently being operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources? His confused and inexplicable response to me was to curtly hang up(the phone). I'm certain we were problematically disconnected? Perhaps as problematic as it was for a U.S. Senator (Bleumenthal D-Ct.) attempting to convene a station platform "safety" critique of Metro-North's lack of operational safety, when he is nearly literaly snagged by a passing passenger train.....(http://bit.ly/1iC5R8D)! What would a Gov. Carter do about this? Punt, perhaps?

4 months ago on ARC to Ga. congressional delegation: Help end impasse over transportation funding, GDOT official concurs

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@The Last Democrat in Georgia  A fine example of your argument was the unbelievable castigation heaped upon Speaker Ralston after he and his family were invited to Europe to experience what first-world civilized travel feels like via true.... High Speed Rail. After that brow-beating, I'm doubtful that he would "entertain" the notion of expanded/funded passenger rail of ANY type, despite the recent GADoT dog and pony show covering that very modality. One must'nt forget, we are but a few months shy of an "election." Now....where's my red, white and blue bunting???

4 months, 1 week ago on Technology can improve transit but not replace new network investment

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Perhaps......the latest from Yonah Freemark might interest.....[http://bit.ly/1djpbFa]!

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Construction delays at Panama Canal could affect Savannah harbor project

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Clarity needed.....and provided, from no less than the ABL visioneer, Yonah Freemark......[http://bit.ly/1djpbFa]!

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Transportation update: GRTA’s acting director, MARTA reorg on hold, Atlanta’s transportation planning

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The trajectory seems to be.......down the (train) tracks........(http://bit.ly/1djpbFa)

5 months, 3 weeks ago on MARTOC chair praises MARTA’s GM for trajectory of transit agency

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Is it possible for Georgians' to make a great "leap"? [http://bit.ly/1fHT5Fs]

6 months ago on GRTA’s Xpress bus funding quietly becomes part of state’s base budget

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And the revolving door which controls the GW(Georgia Worthless?) Bridge of Dumb....revolves once again. Goodbye Jannine.....Hello Kirk(once again!) The only certain thing in transportation in Georgia, is that no one in government  has any long term experience in transit administration. Consultation and lobbying? Certainly. With Gov. Deal and Snow(Ice) jams, will three times really be the charm? GRTA "leadership" has changed once again. Yawn. Time for more consultancy and lobbying. Perhaps the Georgia Senate could vote to redo Senate Resolution 618, and study Snowjam 2014, and bilk the taxpayers one more time. (SR 618 - the completed study and findings of snowjam 2011 were sundowned 12/31/2013. If only we could build paper currency tracks, we could use the hot air from the gold doumb to power the steam engine and to throw the switches. Siemens could build shiny new cars. Ohh...I'm excited.

6 months, 1 week ago on Snow Jam ’14: The George Washington Bridge of Dumb

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The answer is........laggard. When the Secretary of Transportation visits..........and his ingress and egress is via bus....well THAT speaks volumes. Read it and weep..... http:lfyre.it/R7BOek.4

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Chris Leinberger: Atlanta region ‘absolutely needs rail transit;’ question is will you lead or be a laggard?

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Laggard apparently. How could the long range plan to 2040 already be approved by ARC/GRTA without public input from last weeks announced, three regional meetings (Dalton, Atlanta, Valdosta) in re the long term(to 2040) state of Georgia passenger rail plan? I smell a rat, or at the very least, some "strawman" meetings, to placate those of us "in the know" but, unlikely to accept this continuing bamboozlement by the state of Georgia DOT, Intermodal Division. A critical question of Mr. Boxler, it's director, was asked recently - if his department was ready to immediately assume operation of the passenger train services currently being operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources? His confused and inexplicable response to me was to curtly hang up(the phone). I'm certain we were problematically disconnected? 

Perhaps far more telling......is that US DOT Secretary Foxx shall transit the South (Atlanta included) later this week, not via Amtrak or business train but via motorcoach, er...bus (follow his tour at (http://1.usa.gov/1hmnLfu).

- See more at: http://saportareport.com/blog/2014/04/leaders-transportation-plans-show-united-leadership-lack-of-politics-in-projects/#sthash.PZ2zzqHz.dpuf - See more at: http://saportareport.com/blog/2014/04/chris-leinberger-atlanta-region-absolutely-needs-rail-transit-will-it-lead-or-be-a-laggard/#sthash.zpUHiAYG.dpuf

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Chris Leinberger: Atlanta region ‘absolutely needs rail transit;’ question is will you lead or be a laggard?

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Errata :

This cart clearly leads the horse. How could the long range plan to 2040 already be approved by ARC/GRTA without public input from this weeks, just announced, three regional meetings (Dalton, Atlanta, Valdosta) in re the long term(to 2040) state of Georgia passenger rail plan? I smell a rat, or at the very least, some "strawman" meetings, to placate those of us "in the know" but, unlikely to accept this continuing bamboozlement by the state of Georgia DOT, Intermodal Division. A critical question of Mr. Boxler, it's director, was asked recently - if his department was ready to immediately assume operation of the passenger train services currently being operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources? His confused and inexplicable response to me was to curtly hang up(the phone). I'm certain we were problematically disconnected? 

Perhaps far more telling......is that US DOT Secretary Foxx shall transit the South (Atlanta included) later this week, not via Amtrak or business train but via motorcoach, er...bus.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Leaders: Transportation plans show united leadership, absence of politics

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This cart clearly leads the horse. How could the long range plan to 2040 already be approved by ARC without public input from this weeks, just announced, three regional meetings (Dalton, Atlanta, Valdosta) in re the long term(to 2040) state of Georgia passenger rail plan? I smell a rat, or at the very least, some "strawman" meetings, to placate those of us "in the know" but, unlikely to accept this continuing bamboozlement by the state of Georgia DOT, Intermodal Division. A critical question of Mr. Boozler, it's director, was asked recently - if his department was ready to immediately assume operation of the passenger train services currently being operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources? His confused and inexplicable response to me was to curtly hang up(the phone). I'm certain we were problematically disconnected? 

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Leaders: Transportation plans show united leadership, absence of politics

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Perhaps a seance.... conjuring the spirit and will of one Cornelius Vanderbilt (Anderson Cooper's some great Grandfather) might be sufficient.... to interest some railroad company or some future Governor (Carter perhaps? ) to visioneer an intermodal terminal in the "gulch", with some sorts of passenger trains adrift with humanity, hurrying their loads to and fro, such a new "terminal".....Perhaps the just announced April 16, 2014 meeting at ARC offices at 40 Courtland St., at 5:00P announced to seek "input" on the state transportation plan to 2040, might be of interest?

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Passenger trains essential to plans for downtown multimodal terminal station

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A portion of the President's proposed budget is dedicated to "fixing" the nations intercity passenger rail scarcity - see ( www://bit.ly/1eM9kfD ). This might be more logical, given recent headlines re the Malay aero conundrum, and the increasing unease of the traveling public to consider flight as a solution to domestic transportation needs. Unfortunately, as Amtrak remains the only nationwide mandated provider of interstate passenger rail, and has employed in it's prior ranks the likes of Kevin J. O'Conner, late of New Jersey transit transportation debacles, one wonders if this budget move of supporting a monopoly of interstate, intercity passenger rail by Amtrak, is the "best direction" for very scarce federal funds?  

5 months, 1 week ago on Obama budget stiffs Savannah harbor, funds programs used for Atlanta Streetcar, BeltLine

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For the number crunchers amongst us.....(http://bit.ly/1cHZyQN). Build it.........and they'll likely ride it.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Atlanta BeltLine buries Peachtree Streetcar to favor other streetcar lines

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It IS quite clear to most, that the private rail systems which stand to garner profits in the hundreds of millions of dollars from the transport to/from the deepened river port(s) in Savannah(Jasper Cty. S.C.)of TEU's(shipping containers), sould be quite capable of raising necessary funding for requisite  route expansion/modernization needs. To suggest that the industry might need ANY public funding sans an simultaneous outlay/investment to facilitate public, steel wheel on steel rail(read commuter/inter-city) transit, is not recognizing the current political/funding realities extant in Washington. To waste taxpayer dollars on another "study" by a firm which has an extensive history of studying transit proposals "to death", resulting in hardly any real world track construction/train operation heralds that the time for real action has passed, As neighboring states "eat our lunch" on new transportation options, this long overdue implimentation of transit expansion, simply, must occur.    

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Obama budget stiffs Savannah harbor, funds programs used for Atlanta Streetcar, BeltLine

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Mr. Guest...........if we are to believe your post, might one assume that our nation has a new transportation secretary? I recall an Anthony Foxx being approved by the U.S. Senate, and sworn to office. I wonder what Secretary Scott's "position" on Atlanta's transport gridlock might posit?

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Construction delays at Panama Canal could affect Savannah harbor project

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Unfunded mandates aside, is it a case of "out of the cauldron and into the frying pan....er, fire?".......'tis a mighty expansive(and expensive) country out there keeping one House busy........(http://1.usa.gov/XZSqkf)!

6 months ago on Transportation update: GRTA’s acting director, MARTA reorg on hold, Atlanta’s transportation planning

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writes_of_weigh 8 minutes ago


Lest we forget......Miami and Orlando are currently a-linking higher speed rail astride H.M. Flagler's, Speedway to America's Playground, the Florida East Coast Railway. FEC Industries, in concert with FECR, and presumably, with a former Florida Governors'(BUSH??) blessing(as he has/recently had a seat on FECI's board) is flying the corporate banner as All Aboard Florida. Barring NIMBYs or other inane obstructionists, intrastate passenger trains will likely ply the route in 2016, possibly late 2015. The state of Virginia, in concert with Norfolk Southern/Amtrak, is eyeing  recently expanded(and highly successful) D.C./Lynchburg service, to connect that to Roanoke(an NS operating "hub", similar to Atlanta). GDOT and Gov. Deal, and would-be Gov. Carter should debate these developments as Georgia sits squarely betwixt and between these routes. Will Georgia's and Atlanta's logistics empire languish with nary a whimper from the pols?

- See more at: http://saportareport.com/blog/2014/02/snow-jam-2014-reveals-to-the-world-that-metro-atlanta-is-a-divided-region/#sthash.XA5on3zk.dpuf- See more at: http://saportareport.com/blog/2014/01/snow-jam-14-the-george-washington-bridge-of-dumb/#sthash.PvdChh61.dpuf

6 months, 1 week ago on Georgia losing millions by not moving on commuter rail

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writes_of_weigh 9 days ago

Lest we forget......Miami and Orlando are currently a-linking higher speed rail astride H.M. Flagler's, Speedway to America's Playground, the Florida East Coast Railway. FEC Industries, in concert with FECR, and presumably, with a former Florida Governors(BUSH??) blessing(as he has/recently had a seat on FECI's board) is flying the corporate banner as All Aboard Florida. Barring NIMBYs or other inane obstructionists, intrastate passenger trains will likely ply the route in 2016, possibly late 2015. The state of Virginia, in concert with Norfolk Southern/Amtrak, is eyeing  recently expanded(and highly successful) D.C./Lynchburg service, to connect that to Roanoke(an NS operating "hub", similar to Atlanta). GDOT and Gov. Deal, and would-be Gov. Carter should debate these developments as Georgia sits squarely betwixt and between these developments. Will Georgians and Atlanta's logistics empire languish with nary a whimper from the pols?

- See more at: http://saportareport.com/blog/2014/02/snow-jam-2014-reveals-to-the-world-that-metro-atlanta-is-a-divided-region/#sthash.XA5on3zk.dpuf

6 months, 1 week ago on Snow Jam ’14: The George Washington Bridge of Dumb

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Lest we forget......Miami and Orlando are currently a-linking higher speed rail astride H.M. Flagler's, Speedway to America's Playground, the Florida East Coast Railway. FEC Industries, in concert with FECR, and presumably, with a former Florida Governors(BUSH??) blessing(as he has/recently had a seat on FECI's board) is flying the corporate banner as All Aboard Florida. Barring NIMBYs or other inane obstructionists, intrastate passenger trains will likely ply the route in 2016, possibly late 2015. The state of Virginia, in concert with Norfolk Southern/Amtrak, is eyeing  recently expanded(and highly successful) D.C./Lynchburg service, to connect that to Roanoke(an NS operating "hub", similar to Atlanta). GDOT and Gov. Deal, and would-be Gov. Carter should debate these developments as Georgia sits squarely betwixt and between these developments. Will Georgians and Atlanta's logistics empire languish with nary a whimper from the pols?

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Snow Jam 2014 reveals to the world that metro Atlanta is a divided region

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The Brain Train in a Blue Georgia........2014.......a real NO BRAINER!

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Gov. Nathan Deal tells Atlanta business leaders that transportation fixes remain a funding issue

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The Brain Train in a Blue Georgia....2014.......it's a NO BRAINER!

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Snow Jam 2014 reveals to the world that metro Atlanta is a divided region

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Not so much for edification.....as elucidation.....{{http://bit.ly/13xKVdL}}....and as with all of metro'Lanta's transportation woes.....tempus fugit.....

1 year ago on Georgia needs to begin working on ‘what’s next’ for transportation

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If you're stuck, in traffic, or thought.......www.bafuture.org/imstuck......there too, is an app, or a nap for THAT!

1 year ago on Managed lanes: Region’s future freeway system being devised along I-75 in Atlanta’s northwest corridor

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Maria - Presuming that the way forward, in Atlanta traffic parlance, translates to a gridlocked snail's pace in hardly perceptible "forward" movement, some of those recently(and a few still) in elective office from around the fruited plain, and who have yet to de-gridlock the nation, suggest that you (safely) pull over(if stuck in highway traffic), pull out your smart(or dumb)phone(if stuck sitting on a taxi-way, or in an Acela lounge car) and text them that you're going nowhere, slowly.....{{http://action.bafuture.org/imstuck/}}!!! Most of them are likely flying into/out of private aero-ports aboard private or "value-shared" aircraft, and possibly "pulling down" high dollar lobbying jobs. All they want to do is  h e l p   us?

1 year ago on Metro Atlanta leaders — in a state of recalibration — seek a way forward

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Ms. Long - I wonder if Cordele, Georgia would now be identified, as a "food hub", with the recent(2011/12) linking, by rail(double stack TEU's((shipping containers))) to the port in Savannah, and soon via a McRae, Georgia rail connect to the port in Brunswick? I believe that with Cordele's claim of being the "watermelon capitol of the world", and housing nearby frozen food processing/storage facilities, as well as trans-shipment's either inbound/outbound of a former Govenor's grain stocks, and forwarding portions of a former President's peanut crop for trans-oceanic shipment, must certainly at least place Cordele in the running for such a label. The designation of Inland Port, for processing such shipments will certainly lend credence to the type realignment/rationalization of the food/agribusiness you cover in your article. One wonders if the need to speed processed(frozen) chicken feet to Asian markets via Georgia's port infrastructure, won't shortly lead to Madison or Athens joining the Inland Port ranks with direct port connectivity, as has Cordele?    

1 year ago on Georgia’s agriculture industry becoming more global and more local

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Maria - This {{http://1.usa.gov/145DjNC}} just released from the GAO in Washington, continues to "poke the pig" about Atlanta's transportation fiasco, as the map on page 16, of the 54 page document, indicates neither in Atlanta( a "large" airport? no?) nor Savannah ( a "mid-sized"  airport?) exists within 10 miles, or even slightly less distant, an Amtrak station. I believe that this calls for a major scientific investigation by the brightest minds. Apparently Brookwood(Peachtree) station at 1688 Peachtree Street, N.E. in Atlanta, AND the Savannah Amtrak station on Seaboard Coast Line Drive, there,, exist in some time warp, or black hole, where time and space are bent and maps become indecipherable. This shall certainly surprise the transportation wonks and wonk-etts, I predict (see comment below) will draw a tangent line to connect H-S-R routes a-building in Florida and North Carolina. in the near future.

1 year ago on We must invest in all transportation modes to compete in today’s economy

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Maria - the provocation you invoke by continuing to "poke this pig"(metro'Lanta transportation woes) is remarkable to me in that the notion of private sector solutions, of which a sterling example exits in adjoining Florida, doesn't seem to "spark any fires" of imagination in Georgia. As I type, Florida East Coast railway continues to rebuild it's infrastructure and site a new right-of way from its Miami-Cocoa(-Jacksonville) mainline, westward to Orlando which, when complete, will link Orlando and Miami with (100+ m.p.h.) higher speed rail service. This, after Florida's sitting Governor rejected Federal funding to build a true Tampa-Orlando High-Speed-Rail route. Meanwhile, in a vulture-like move, the state of North Carolina picked over the carcass of funding largess Florida regurgitated, and added several hundreds of millions of dollars to the development of a Richmond(VA.) - Charlotte, N.C. H-S-R route. The debate in Georgia seems to reflect the inability of the populace to truly acknowledge what is a-building in these two adjoining states, with and without private sector involvement, yet, will result in increased transportation capacity and capability. These are facts. Those in elective office can pretend that they are not accurate, or have no bearing on what occurs within the boundaries of this state. In very short order, perhaps, five or six years, transportation wonks(wonk-etts?) who may have a voice, will see a map of in-place high(er)-speed-rail infrastructure in the Southeastern U.S.. It will contain distinct likely connective points. One will be in Cocoa, Florida. The other will be in Charlotte, N.C.. To neatly "link" those two points, they will likely draw a somewhat straight line between those two cities. Savannah will likely be on(near) that connective line. Atlanta is not. Neither, Amtrak, Florida East Coast, CSX, nor Norfolk Southern connects as a single service passenger OR freight carrier directly between those two points. Some entity WILL draw that line and make that connection. This is unavoidable. Tempus fugit.    

1 year ago on We must invest in all transportation modes to compete in today’s economy

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In terms of congestion on the metro'Lanta private rail network, both Norfolk Southern and to a lesser extent CSX, have "boxed themselves in" on Savannah port - mid Georgia, traffic dispersal options by abandoning, downgrading and/or failing to upgrade previously utilized routes(i.e.ex-Central of Georgia Griffin - Bremen Ga Chattanooga "mainline"(partially abandoned), ex-Central of Georgia Eatonton - Athens - Commerce "branchline"(partially abandoned/shortlined), ex-Central of Georgia Oak mountain(AL) tunnel on Macon-Birmingham mainline(never enlarged to handle double stack container traffic moving to/from Memphis/Louisianna), or on CSX's ex-Georgia Railroad Augusta-Atlanta mainline(reportedly in a downgrade/light maintenance status). And what about the former CSX(Seaboard Coast Line) trackage in the Richland, Georgia area which was to have been upgraded(see adjoining comment) as part of the Corridor Z Brunswick, GA - Kansas City, MO upgrade, taken over as a State asset and then largely abandoned/shortlined? Were those rail related Corridor Z plans or pipe-dreams?  And what became of the tax dollars appropriated for that purpose? In whose bank account are those dollars a-building interest, now? Should build a very viable port traffic dispersal alternative to the impending doom and gloom of an Atlanta area rail traffic "grid down". Musings from the past?

1 year ago on Metro Atlanta would benefit from creation of Export/Import Highway

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Am I or am I not, terribly mistaken in believing that the previously funded and (nearly)completed corridors known as the Fall Line Freeway and Corridor Z(save for the yet to be built rail aspect(like linking state owned rail routes near Richland, Georgia with a former Brunswick-Dawson CSX line via Tifton)  and their interconnections with I-16 and I-75/475 and I-85/185 would not serve an identical purpose? And hasn't Cambridge been paid for these very consults in issuing previous "studies" and "reports?" What's new here, other than the attempted bamboozling of those in middle Georgia who bought the transportation sales tax " line" last year by agreeing to tax themselves to pay for what they have already provided? It would have been cheaper to just liberally distribute the new(free) State Transportation Map to those mentioned in the article, in order for them to be more geo-spatially familiar with what is and isn't..  - See more at: http://saportareport.com/blog/2013/07/proposed-four-lane-road-in-middle-georgia-promoted-as-traffic-reliever-for-i-20-in-atlanta/#sthash.f9Tg8Mhl.dpuf

1 year ago on Metro Atlanta would benefit from creation of Export/Import Highway

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Am I terribly mistaken in believing that the previously funded and (nearly)completed corridors known as the Fall Line Freeway and Corridor Z(save for the yet to be built rail aspect(like linking state owned rail routes near Richland, Georgia with a former Brunswick-Dawson CSX line via Tifton)  and their interconnections with I-16 and I-75/475 and I-85/185 would not serve an identical purpose? And hasn't Cambridge been paid for these very consults in issuing previous "studies" and "reports?" What's new here, other than the attempted bamboozling of those in middle Georgia who bought the transportation sales tax " line" last year by agreeing to tax themselves to pay for what they have already provided? It would have been cheaper to just liberally distribute the new(free) State Transportation Map to those mentioned in the article, in order for them to be more geo-spatially familiar with what is and isn't.. 

1 year, 1 month ago on Proposed four-lane road in middle Georgia promoted as traffic reliever for I-20 in Atlanta, helpful to port

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Some of that banging sound you hear is just the "skeletons" in the Tarheel state transportation closet,  realizing that an "escape"may be eminent. Seriously though, one finds it curious that someone involved with NC transportation/transit policies/operations in the past decade, where a truly sorry set of circumstances unfolded. They involved, in part, failed rail bridges at Micro and New Bern, administrative misuse of government owned vehicles/property in the NC Rail division/Amtrak offices in Raleigh, mainline tracks between Selma and Weldon termed by an prior Amtrak president(Gunn)..."falling apart",  and rail/highway crossings in Fayetteville blocked for hours while unit grain trains were switched in the middle of town, and where despite the citizens of North Carolina owning a mainline of railroad between Charlotte(Greensboro, Durham) and Moorehead the leasing railroad(Norfolk Southern of recent "no we can't run passenger trains to the Atlanta MMPT" fame) in a sterling example of why the "public-private rail partnership" model should be trashed, still tells it's track owners on that route to "take a back seat to their freight trains, and if they get in the way of passengers trains to simply "ride the bus!" One is reminded of that old cliche'... Caveat emptor!  Once again, what were the attributes in the fellow's recent employment?!?

1 year, 2 months ago on Selecting a new Atlanta BeltLine Inc. CEO could be a day or two away

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@Quad7 The operational "challenges" you suggest for Norfolk Southern's "position" on denying passenger trains access to the Atlanta MMPT, are the usual line they toss out to Amtrak passengers aboard the Crescent, when NS find's it "too hard" to work on their rights-of-way during routine maintenance programs AND run even one passenger train: RIDE THE BUS, INSTEAD! To be fair, CSX has started to use the same line as well, during some of it's r-o-w work windows. Somehow, during much harder times, perhaps like when there was an ongoing world war, and when troops and machines of war, plus the regular daily interruption of hundreds of both freight and passenger trains, NS predecessor roads managed so that the goods and people moved. As for the "hours of service" laws, they have been adjusted several times over the last eight decades, and presumably, need so again. The 18,000 ton Southern coal trains, can easily be uncoupled to form two or even three, easy to handle mini-coal trains. The locomotives are already in the consist! Imagine how THAT would help the employment numbers! It is implausible to switch a heavy rail commuter train onto tracks of a subway system. Let it suffice to say that the results could be "shocking", at best, due to the "third rail." The railroads "rights" are what is paramount in this conundrum. Some readers of this column might be pondering to whom those "rights" have been "granted" - and to what avail? Rest assured  - NS might not be amused to find out that those "rights" can be granted to others for "essential" public utility purposes. CSX, BNSF, FEC. Any other rail operators interested? One wonders?

1 year, 2 months ago on Passenger trains essential to plans for downtown multimodal terminal station

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Perhaps both federally funded MMPTs in Georgia(Athens has one, too, next door to The Classic Center) shall suffer the same fate of having sets of moribund railroad tracks adjacent(Spring track in the "gulch" in Atlanta, Athens Line, LLC (former NS Lula - Macon mainline now severed near Bishop, GA)) tracks next door to the Athens MMPT). Did the feds actually fund two MMPTs in this state just presuming that the railroads would literally "bend over" to run passenger trains into/through/from them? Or were they aware that if the railroads failed to provide the necessary track connections, that Federal Surface Transportation Law(Title 49 U.S.C.) would "force" such connectivity, in order for a more perfect union, and to preserve "essential" transport capability? Just random thoughts......bend over, indeed!

1 year, 2 months ago on Passenger trains essential to plans for downtown multimodal terminal station

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Maria - The news from late MAY(see 11ALIVE Bill Liss report on same) seems to be that Norfolk Southern, the great corporate Atlanta citizen/friend, wishes to BOOT downtown passenger service from the proposed "gulch" area next to CNN center, rather than boost any such rail service? Title 49 of the Federal Code, the extraneous(STB=Surf.(Trans.) Board) part of same having to do with public benefit, good transportation vitality, etc. ad nausea, stipulates (by paraphrase)that if a public carrier(i.e. Norfolk Southern) is incapable or unwilling(Springfield Terminal/Pan Am Rwy. situation in the northeast) to provide essential transportation over it's network in part(as seems to be the case in downtown Atlanta) or whole, it can DIRECT such service to be preformed by another capable carrier(i.e. Mr. Buffett's BNSF Rwy. itching to serve the Atlanta market directly via Birmingham and the state owned Silver Comet right-of-way  or direct NS competitor, CSX, or perhaps even an Florida East Coast subsidiary currently working on developing Miami-Orlando H-S-R), in order to preserve/serve public utility. Somehow during the last world war, NS and CSX predecessor railroads were able to move, literally, hundreds of trains a day to/from/through the exact spot(old terminal/union stations in the "gulch") as the newly proposed MMPT, while hardly "batting an  eye." One wonders if the current "masters" at Norfolk Southern even know what their task is, much less if they are "up" to it. I guess the old Southern Railway slogans: Southern Serves The South, and Southern Gives a Green Light To Innovation, are but wispy words in the current wishy washy corporate vernacular at Norfolk Southern Corporation. What say ye, Wick? And more importantly what say Saxby, Johnny, John, (the Feds) and Nathan, Kasim, et. al......? 

1 year, 2 months ago on Downtown Atlanta transit hub could get boost from feds

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Title 49 of the Federal Code, the extraneous(STB=Surf.(Trans.) Board) part of same having to do with public benefit, good transportation vitality, etc. ad nausea, stipulates (by paraphrase)that if a public carrier(i.e. Norfolk Southern) is incapable or unwilling(Springfield Terminal/Pan Am Rwy. situation in the northeast) to provide transportation over it's network in part(as seems to be the case in downtown Atlanta) or whole, it can DIRECT such service to be preformed by another capable carrier(i.e. Mr. Buffett's BNSF Rwy. itching to serve the Atlanta market directly, or direct NS competitor, CSX, or perhaps even an Florida East Coast subsidiary currently working on developing Miami-Orlando H-S-R), in order to preserve/serve public utility. Somehow during tne last world war, NS and CSX predecessor railroads were able to move, literally, hundreds of trains a day to/from/through the exact spot(old terminal/union stations) as the newly proposed MMPT.

What say ye, Saxby, Johnny, Nathan, Kasim, et. al......?

1 year, 2 months ago on Downtown Atlanta transit hub could get boost from feds

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