Last month I talked about how with Georgia’s new federal funding for rail corridors, we could imagine a regional rail system that would make moving through the area so much better?
Turns out, I’m not the only one, and our new favorite ATL urbanist Youtuber Nathan Davenport is back with another video detailing a bit about Atlanta rebuilding its rails would also be recapturing its true identity.
A few fun facts I like to remind people:
- Atlanta is the only city in the US that was born from the rails, not the river. (no, Chicago started because of the Chicago River, the rails came much later!)
- It used to be called “Terminus” because 3 railroads terminated here. Before there was much of a town actually.
- In the 1920’s, over 150 trains ran through Atlanta’s busy railroad stations… Yes, that’s an ‘s’ on the end. We had THREE STATIONS.
- We will have close to 10 million living our state within the next 20 years. There’s no way all of us can fit on I-20, 75 or 85 so we need a good plan!
Check out the video, then make sure to visit ATLTrains.com for a detailed “what if” look at what we could be using in just a decade’s time with a few small changes to how things get done in Georgia.