A somewhat major news story that’s been utterly lost in the Wall Street chaos is a fairly widespread and persistent gasoline shortage across parts of the inland Southeast, due to some refineries not being up to speed after Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. The shortages seem especially bad in metro Atlanta, which doesn’t exactly have the best public transportation system serving its far-flung exurbs, and now that gasoline has just disappeared there, some are wondering why not.
I love maps, and recently on Steve Balogh’s blog, a commenter posted this proposal for a streetcar route serving the major transportation centers (airport, bus, train), Carousel Mall, the War Memorial and other attractions. Here’s the original post with the comment below it; the commenter estimates a $250 million cost. Good idea, or not?
Updated: On the general subject of transportation – here’s some interesting news about the state’s plans for the Tappan Zee Bridge, one of the most critical pieces of infrastructure in the state (and you could even look at it as the symbolic link between Upstate and Downstate). It’s a hugely expensive plan to replace the bridge with a new structure that permits high-speed bus and (regular speed) rail corridors. (This news bit really deserves its own post, so maybe I will return to it at a future date.)