Jeff Wood
Urban Reads

$100 Billion Transit Plan for Atlanta?

All the city news you can use.

By - Jan 19th, 2019 12:52 pm
MARTA N3 (North Avenue) station. Photo is in the Public Domain.

MARTA N3 (North Avenue) station. Photo is in the Public Domain.

Want more links to read? Visit The Overhead Wire and signup. Every day at The Overhead Wire we sort through over 1,500 news items about cities and share the best ones with our email list. At the end of the week, we take some of the most popular stories and share them with Urban Milwaukee readers. They are national (or international) links, sometimes entertaining and sometimes absurd, but hopefully useful.

A transit moonshot: In Atlanta, MARTA’s CEO Jeffrey Parker has called for the transit agency to raise $100 billion for transit to accommodate the 2.5 million new residents that will be living in the region by 2040. There are no specifics on such a plan but one purpose for the inspirational speech was to make people believe Atlanta could keep up with cities making big investments in the future such as Seattle and Los Angeles. (David Wickert | Atlanta Journal Constitution)

America’s favorite room in the house: How did the garage become the favorite room in people’s homes? In part when it ceased to be a place to store vehicles, and rather became a “deprogrammed room” for making computers, starting bands, and mass storage. (Nikil Saval | New Yorker)

Better zoning data could lead to reforms: Since local zoning change has become a national issue, there is a need to gather more information to provide evidence for policy reform. To that end, the Urban Insitute is creating a machine learning model to test density limits in cities. In Washington DC, they created a model that correctly estimates zoned density based on property records. (Emma Nechamkin + Graham MacDonald + Solomon Greene | Urban Institute)

Making sense of transit data: Every day transit agencies release reams of digital transit information from schedules to turnstile data. To make sense of it, the Nature of Cities with funding from TransitCenter has created an Open Transit Data Toolkit that allows users to browse and organize it without a programming background. (TransitCenter)

A new traffic brain for the city: Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba has developed a traffic platform called ‘City Brain’ to coordinate over 1,000 signals in the city of Hangzhou. The program has been so successful at shortening communtes and enabling quicker emergency response times that the city’s national congestion ranking went from 5th to 57th. (Michelle Toh | CNN)

Quote of the Week

“I have really started to notice the improvement as more streets are made quieter and better for walking and cycling – it means it is safer, cleaner and in the end, people can get to where they are going more quickly.”

Nicos Dermi talking to the Guardian about London’s new low emissions zones.

This week on the podcast, we’re joined by Kelsey Keith, the editor-in-chief at Curbed.

Want more links to read? Visit The Overhead Wire and signup. (

Categories: Urban Must Reads

Leave a Reply

You must be an Urban Milwaukee member to leave a comment. Membership, which includes a host of perks, including an ad-free website, tickets to marquee events like Summerfest, the Wisconsin State Fair and the Florentine Opera, a better photo browser and access to members-only, behind-the-scenes tours, starts at $9/month. Learn more.

Join now and cancel anytime.

If you are an existing member, sign-in to leave a comment.

Have questions? Need to report an error? Contact Us