Will ATL fans take maglev train to Braves games?
Ever wonder why MARTA’s rail line doesn’t run near the Atlanta baseball stadium where tens of thousands of fans gather 81 times a year? Me too.
Now, as my pals at Atlanta Unsheltered reported yesterday, MARTA is in early discussions with a private firm about using magnetic levitation trains to shuttle Braves fans to home games. MARTA general manager Beverly Scott gave it up Monday in response to a question from state Rep. Harry Geisinger of the Legislature’s MARTA Oversight Committee.
Scott said she was “very impressed” after taking a ride for a block or two on American Maglev Technology’s test track in Powder Springs.
Maglev trains elsewhere operate at costs that would seem prohibitively expensive for Atlanta, but AMT claims it can run maglev trains much more cheaply.
“We’re drilling into the numbers with them,” Scott said. “We’re real interested in continuing the discussion.”
Geisinger said he is also “very interested” in AMT’s proposal to run a maglev train from the North Springs MARTA station to the Windward community in north Fulton County.