To the editor:
As North Buckhead Civic Association President Gordon Certain pointed out, the only real option we have to deal with the Peachtree Road/Buckhead traffic situation lies with an underground solution. It will, no doubt, be very expensive. But the alternative is to let Buckhead die. Talk about expensive!
Several years ago my colleagues and I developed a plan for improving traffic movement and the horrid appearance of Peachtree Road from Brookwood Station to the northern city limit. Later, for the Buckhead Community Improvement District, we developed a more detailed design concept for the part of Peachtree Road that lies within the BCID.
Part of that design has been implemented from just south of the intersection of Piedmont and Peachtree roads for about a half-mile north of that point. We hope the rest of the design can be implemented, which goes as far as a couple of blocks beyond Phipps Plaza. I think most people are pleased with the outcome, both in traffic calming and movement as well as the appearance of the Peachtree Road corridor. But, alas, this improvement alone will not deal with the problem most of us know about and Mr. Certain focused on.
For a number of years I have talked to friends and community leaders about a MARTA line that would be a “local” with a good many stops; it would branch off from MARTA at the Art Center Station and come back into the main line at the Doraville Station.
It would be a deep tunnel that need not interfere with Peachtree Road traffic while it is being built and would roughly follow the route of Peachtree Road with a stop every few blocks. It would share a lower-level station with MARTA at the Atlanta Financial Center and could share a multilevel station at the intersection of Peachtree and Paces Ferry roads to connect to a further tunnel someday going east-west.
The alternative is to build another Buckhead somewhere, and I don’t much like that idea. Buckhead has become the very impressive new center of metropolitan Atlanta.
George T. Heery