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October 17, 2013
It just goes to show that a local issue will always trump a regional or national issue in terms of reader response. An article I wrote on the effects of Obamacare on businesses received only a smattering of responses. Instead, one that was treated to a healthy debate was on the proposed MARTA expansion in North Fulton. Below are some of the best responses.

Support

Sept. 17, 2013

I think a lot of Alpharettans would support a rail system. Alpharetta is becoming more than just a suburb; it is also a hub for jobs, especially high tech jobs. To attract the young techy employees who like to work in these fields, you would have to have public transportation.

Anish,

Alpharetta

Rail support

Sept. 19, 2013

I think rail up to Windward would be a very good idea. It would help decrease traffic along Ga. 400. You have to keep in mind that this is just the planning stages. It probably would be 10 years before reality considering how slow projects of this size move.

Jack M.,

Roswell



Another supporter

Sept. 19, 2013

We, too, support in concept rail service in our area. Many good points were raised about funding and locations during the meeting. What was distressing was to hear the council reps dismiss the whole idea with comments like, "I can't think of a single person in Alpharetta who favors the idea of rail here." This demonstrates the narrow range of citizens that they communicate with –and not just on MARTA issues. Those not in favor of something are generally the first to speak out. We need open minded dialogue on this issue from all parties involved. And we need more of our citizens to attend council meetings to let their voices be heard.

Dianna S.,

Alpharetta

Yeah right

Sept. 27, 2013

If you think my neighbors who live in Alpharetta and Milton are excited about public transportation expansion, you have lost your mind.

Fulton County can't even deliver a water bill to my house every month. Why would I trust them to better my non-government dependent life? It's not my responsibility to get you to your job, make it easy for you to get to the airport or travel inside the perimeter. Look at the P/L statements of N.Y., Chicago and D.C. The transportation is their biggest single expense.

Ben,

Alpharetta



'Alpharetta residents have no interest in heavy rail'

Oct. 1, 2013

Interesting... are they the ones that sit on Ga. 400 every single morning and evening... wasting gas, time and money... not being able to get any work done because they have to watch the road so they don't get into an accident? Really? I live in Alpharetta and would gladly welcome heavy rail. This should have been completed years ago.

John,

Alpharetta

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    MARTA expansion to N. Fulton
    October 19, 2013 | 12:57 PM

    At this time I do not support rail expansion North of the river. One reason is there is not adequate public transportation available in these more suburban areas to transport riders to other respective areas away from the stations and very few areas provide adequate pedestrian access to business and shopping areas other than those such as the Northpoint Mall area. There area plenty of Malls on the way out or in toward town that the rail lines stop at such as Perimeter, Lenox and Phipps. I feel that rail lines work better closer toward town. I watched Dunwoody Mall and the surrounding Dunwoody area lose much of its "personality" after the Marta line came in. Yes it was good for the commercial business and office industry in that area and created more growth in those areas but took away from the quiet residential aspect of the area. Also crime initially increased in the Mall area, but much of that has improved over time. Roswell and Alpharetta are known for their beauty, parks, history and family/residential appeal. I fear this will be greatly diminished with a rail line. Instead expand or improve accessibility to park and ride bus centers and have bus express lanes going down GA 400 to the other Marta rail lines that already exist.

    Dawn
    Roswell
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    MARTA Expansion
    November 03, 2013 | 07:18 AM

    We live a nice peaceful suburban life, and although extend transportation provides more access to varying areas it also provides easier access to criminals. Look at the crime level that is going on in Buckhead, and Atlanta is now in the top 10 for Crime across the U.S. Bringing MARTA would lend itself to bringing down the serenity and quality of life, by providing easier access to the same element. Statistically there is proven data that extending low cost public transportation to higher tax/property value areas around the U.S. has increase the crime in those areas requiring increase police protection and decreased property value. Also, famlies begin to move further away. Easy access is not always better, and in most instances it is never better.

    Thanks, Cynthia

    Cynthia L
    Alpharetta
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