According to a citywide poll taken late last week, Atlanta voters would rather see MARTA prioritize and upgrade its current services along the Beltline than have the city spend “billions of dollars” to install streetcar service. The poll, which was conducted by Global Strategies Group for Better Atlanta Transit, showed that Atlantans believe a streetcar on the Beltline will take away what they love most about the Beltline – “green trails, existing trees and meadows.”
The poll, which included 600 registered Atlanta voters, found that while a streetcar is conceptually popular, most voters believe the focus should be on transportation priorities that are “needed now” in other parts of the city.
In short, the voters felt that putting a streetcar on the Beltline is “a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist,” according to a statement from Better Atlanta Transit.
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