Friday, January 31, 2014

The Day We Lost Atlanta - How 2 lousy inches of snow paralyzed a metro area of 6 million

On Tuesday, snowfall of just over 2 inches shut down metropolitan Atlanta’s roads, schools, churches, government offices and businesses. People who didn’t camp out in supermarket aisles and hotel lobbies were trapped in cars for 10, 16, 20 hours as they tried to make commutes that normally take just 30 minutes.
Since the 1950s, the car—and the highway—has dominated Atlanta’s transportation system. The transit that eventually was built does not serve the whole region. Metro voters rejected transit relief in a 2012 referendum. Read more.

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