The city is right behind San Francisco, thanks likely to tax incentivies, cheap electricity, and solo HOV lane access
Atlanta and San Francisco rarely share top billing in any kind of ranking, but when it comes to electric car sales, the ATL is second only to the City by the Bay. San Franciscans may adopt the energy-saving cars thanks to do-gooding environmentalism (and California’s high gas prices), but Atlantans choose the vehicles for decidedly more pragmatic reasons: hefty tax incentives, cheap electricity, and—most alluring to many—permission to drive solo in the HOV lane.Read more
As more cyclists arrive, the city is trying to accomodate them
I’ve been riding to and from work several days per week since May. Everything they tell you about the benefits of cycle commuting is true: I’ve lost eleven pounds, my back and neck are no longer stiff at the end of the workday, my posture has improved, my resting heart rate has dropped, and I’m saving gas money. Oh, and chicks dig it. And by chicks, I mean my four- and one-year-old daughters, who cheer when they see me on a bike.Read more
Hundreds of visual and performing artists are taking part in the exhibition, which runs through November
Now in its fifth year, Art on the Atlanta BeltLine is the largest temporary public art exhibition in the Southeast, according to Elan Buchen, the BeltLine’s coordinator for art and design. This year, visual arts installations stretch not only along the Eastside Trail but also along six more miles of future BeltLine trails along the southeast and westside corridors.Read more
And yes, you can still use your Delta perks
Hopping over the pond to London is about to get a lot hipper. Virgin Atlantic, the British airline founded in 1984 by Sir Richard Branson, will take over a daily route from Delta on October 26.Read more
Who else made the top 10? Here’s a hint: Gwinnett
According to a new study by the consumer finance website NerdWallet, the worst commutes in metro Atlanta are along the 78 corridor, topped by Loganville, Snellville, and Lawrenceville.Read more
The long-delayed project will begin on-road testing this month.
The Atlanta Streetcar is delayed—again. While it looked like the $100 million project might be up and rolling in late summer, the new target date is November. After ballooning budget issues and multiple delays setting the schedule back over a year, the on-road testing on the cars is scheduled to start within the next few […]Read more
Delays continue to push back the completion date, but here’s what you’ll find when wheels start turning
The $100 million project—funded by federal grants, the city, and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District—seems close to completion. Track is installed, the stops are in place, and the cars wait in their shed. What to expect when you finally board.Read more
The unification tool is a great concept, but the pilot program underscores the disjointed nature of Atlanta’s regional transit providers.
It’s no secret Atlanta lacks functional regional transit. As veteran transportation reporter Doug Monroe wrote in a 2012 Atlanta magazine analysis of the history behind our transportation woes, “at the heart of the rot eating at metro Atlanta is the Mother of All Mistakes: the failure to extend MARTA into the suburbs.” Indeed, MARTA is limited to the city of Atlanta and Fulton and DeKalb counties; traveling farther requires cobbling trips together on a host of smaller systems, each with its own unwieldy ticketing and scheduling vagaries.Read more
In case you missed it, the new Atlanta Braves stadium site is under construction. See what it looks like right now.
The original start date was July 15, but heavy machinery has been up and running for a month.
The Atlanta Braves’ up-and-down streakiness has left them one game behind the Washington Nationals in the NL East (at least, that is, until the Nats play tonight). In the midst of this season’s roller-coaster ride, some may have forgotten about the team’s new stadium in Cobb County set to open in 2017. And the warm and fuzzy feelings from the weekend’s Hall of Fame inductions of Bobby Cox, Tom Glavine, and Greg Maddux might have just been enough to put outrage about the planned relocation on the back burner for most fans. (We stress: Most; not all.)Read more
Researchers predict the formation of a mega region. Welcome to Char-lanta, y’all.
Here’s my new favorite fact about our sprawl: the 28-county region that the U.S. Census bureau considers to be metro Atlanta has a bigger land area than the entire state of Massachusetts (8,376 square miles vs. 7,800).Read more