Bob Roberts wrote: ↑Sun May 22, 2022 12:04 pm I am not suggesting this will bear anymore fruit than any of the other dozens of new Atlanta station discussions but an Atlanta city councilperson is pushing for the developer of Centennial Yards at the Gulch to include an Amtrak station as part of the development.From the article:
The article is paywalled but it appears the city has already payed out subsidies for this project and this council member would like the station to be added to the developers to do list retroactively.
https://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta-news/a ... UXGEVJYQE/
As construction continues at the swath of land known as the “Gulch” downtown, one Atlanta city councilman is encouraging Amtrak and developers to consider building a train hub on the site.Here's some photos and maps of the area: Google Maps Sat view OpenStreetMap
Located near State Farm Arena and Mercedes Benz Stadium, the Gulch is currently a sea of parking lots and rail lines below street level. Developers from the CIM Group plan to turn the land into “Centennial Yards,” a $5 billion project with retail, food, office, housing and entertainment options.
Councilman Jason Dozier, who was elected last year and represents the area, introduced a resolution recently urging Amtrak and CIM to consider the possibility of building a rail hub there as Amtrak considers expansion plans in the Southeast.
Okay, I see some operational issues here. I mean, that station's location is good: numerous transfer points and you may even get some regional rail here. But... well, look at the routing for the Crescent and the current station now. Well north of The Gulch and no way to get down there without a major reverse move...
...unless you tunnel under the Beltline, which looks like a rail-to-trail project. Tunnel it, because folks will object to the trail going away. You come back up at the Huxley yard east of the King Memorial MARTA station. That cuts the reverse move time by a lot and sets you up for a future improvement where you curve under State Farm Arena.
The question now is, will these politicians fund it? (not bloody likely)