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Reducing congestion in Atlanta 88 cars at a time

My friends at the Clean Air Campaign are releasing a new video that makes the best case for transit that I’ve seen in a long time.

One of the favorite criticisms that anti-transit/pro-highway folks like to offer is that only a small percentage of folks use transit, so it’s not worth the investment in our communities.

Of course, they often fail to acknowledge that it’s the lack of investment in transit options that limits the number of people who can access transportation alternatives.

But even the most diehard auto-highway folks realize that “we can’t pave our way out of congestion.” Instead, we need to find ways to more efficiently use our existing infrastructure.

This short video from the Clean Air Campaign truly demonstrates how we can reduce the amount of cars and traffic on our highways if we provide more transit options.

While the video shows how much more efficient it is to get people to ride in buses, the potential impact of rail reducing the number of single-occupancy vehicles on our roads is even greater.

We just need to make sure the general public understands the value of transit. Even if people want to continue driving their cars everywhere, they should want to encourage others to ride transit because it will reduce their own congestion.

So thank you Clean Air Campaign for the spreading the word and the visual message of ways we can improve the quality of life in metro Atlanta.

Less Traffic. Cleaner Air.

Maria Saporta

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.



  1. Mason Hicks June 6, 2009 11:20 am

    I believe there is something like 400 seats on a typical six-car train. Usually, more than three-quarters of those seats are filled with would-be Georgia 400 drivers on every train leaving North Springs MARTA Station.Report

  2. Roger Coley June 7, 2009 9:28 am

    I hope this video is frequently shown on TV. I use MARTA and XPRESS at least 3 times per week. I don’t have to deal with the stress of driving – I love it! If we only had commuter rail and other inter-city rail options so I didn’t have to drive to Florida, Chicago, or Dallas.

    Hopefully, our next governor (please Lord, let it be Roy Barnes) will be a mover and shaker when it comes to supporting mass transit in Metro Atlanta.Report


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