Atlanta: Scarcity and Abundance

  • Laurel Paget-Seekins
Part of the Lecture Notes in Mobility book series (LNMOB)


The Atlanta, Georgia metropolitan region exists solely as the result of the intersection of transport infrastructure—railways, interstate freeways, and the world’s busiest airport. However, neither vehicle drivers nor public transport passengers are happy with the state of their mobility. Racism, poor planning, and rapid economic growth have worked together to create a low-density urban fabric and a transport network that limits accessibility. Atlanta’s development cannot be separated from its history of racial and class segregation. Mobility in Atlanta suffers from an abundance of vehicles on the roads and a scarcity of public transport services. Atlanta built roads to serve its low-density suburbs, and refused to invest in public transport. Drivers are inconvenienced, but the public transport passengers, mostly poor and Black, have limited access to the majority of the region.


Public Transport Metropolitan Statistical Area Transport Infrastructure Public Transport System Interstate Highway 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laurel Paget-Seekins
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  1. 1.Departamento de Ingeniería de Transporte y LogísticaPontificia Universidad Católica de ChileMaculChile

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