Atlanta has long struggled to provide sustainable infrastructure and transit options to all residents, businesses and commuters, particularly its most vulnerable communities on the west and south sides of the city. Historically, underinvestment in public transportation has left communities cut off from centers of commerce, employment, entertainment and recreation – essentially requiring reliance on single-occupant vehicles to function throughout the city and region. Civic and business leaders alike have known this for decades, but the problem persists: even as the metro Atlanta region is projected to grow by 2.5 million residents by 2040, infrastructure investment remains low. Atlantans continue to suffer some of the longest average commute times in the country, with a significant income burden and environmental impact.
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