Of the three guest columns about the I-85 collapse on May 21, the column by the GDOT commissioner, Russell McMurry, illustrates that he now carries the torch for metro Atlanta’s future. Commissioner McMurry, his crack staff and world-class contractors, have shown that, with proper funding and political support, amazing things can be accomplished.
Since metro Atlanta spreads out 50 miles in all directions, heavy rail is not the way to efficiently manage congestion in the region. The metro area will add 2 million people in the next 25 years, and most of the growth will occur in the major submarkets to the northwest, north and northeast. For example, huge growth is expected in Forsyth County. Downtown and midtown will not become like Manhattan. Downtown is simply another submarket like all the other submarkets. Spending billions to build enough heavy rail to serve all spread-out people is not cost-effective and not efficient.