Jeff Smith wrote:It doesn't say any such thing. The line to Clayton/Lovejoy was always contemplated as commuter rail, not a MARTA extension. Sure, they could extend MARTA past the airport, but would that make any sense? Since they opted in to MARTA, couldn't MARTA just be the operator of the heavy rail system? and bring it up to the contemplated MMPT gulch station?Technically no, but in layman's terms it has to be actual heavy rail. The media has in the past recognized Amtrak intercity/Regional trains as "commuter trains" and MARTA + PATH have been referred to as "commuter train" systems in the past. So don't take the media's description too much to heart. Heck, CT news outlets still keep insisting that M-8s will be running on Shore Line East in 2016-2017 when it clearly ain't happenin'. Even the Georgia DOT says on their website: "The Georgia Rail System is made up of passenger rail, commuter rail and freight rail service, which consists of over 5,000 route miles." Which is odd considering that Georgia has no commuter rail line. Somehow MARTA is passing as one which by those standards so should the Washington METRO, BART, and the MBTA Red and Orange Lines (which they aren't).
MattW wrote:*sigh* Heavy Rail and Commuter Rail are two VERY different forms of rail transport.NH2060 wrote:Wrong, Commuter Rail is still a serious proposal and likely the leading proposal due to the time and costs involved.Jeff Smith wrote:Haven't had much on GA Commuter Rail recently. Here's something: WABEThe three options mentioned are heavy rail, light rail, and bus rapid transit. So if by "commuter rail" you mean a MARTA heavy rail extension then that's what it appears it'll be vs. an actual commuter rail line.