Metro Atlanta has a world-class traffic problem. if you had a magic wand, how would you solve it?

You have a magic wand: How would you solve Atlanta's traffic mess?

A panel of local transportation experts was asked an intriguing question last week: If you could wave a magic wand, what policy would you enact to solve metro Atlanta’s transportation problems

The panelists – speaking Thursday to several dozen people at a forum sponsored by the co-working company WeWork – offered some thoughtful answers. 

Atlanta City Councilman Andre Dickens said he’d implement affordable housing policies like property tax freezes for some residents to ensure they could live close to their jobs, instead of being forced out by rising home values. 

Heather Alhadeff, MARTA’s assistant general manager for planning, said raising the price of parking in Atlanta would discourage driving and encourage people to use transit. 

Jacob Tzegaegbe, senor transportation policy advisory to Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, wished for a regional sales tax and state funding to support mass transit. He also favors zoning that allows taller buildings along transit corridors to encourage dense urban development. 

Their answers got us wondering: If you had a magic wand, what would YOU do to fix metro Atlanta’s transportation problems? 

Let us know by sending your thoughts to dwickert@ajc.com. Please include your name and city of residence. We’ll publish some of your answers later this week.

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David Wickert
David Wickert
David Wickert writes about transportation issues for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He previously worked for newspapers in Washington state, Illinois...
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