I recently attended a presentation where I learned that the Humphreys-Rogers House (an historical home once owned by David Campbell Humphreys, a Federal Judge from Huntsville who served during the Civil War era and moved via truck from the Coca-Cola factory area to where it now is in use across the street from City Hall) was once furnished by a past curator from the Early Works Museum with the original furniture belonging ...more »
I met a widow and mother who moved here to Huntsville, and who was trying to finish her degree at a local college. She was dependent on the bus system here to get back and forth to school. She can't afford to buy a car right now, and using taxis/Uber fares every day are a bit out of her budget. Huntsville is a city where you need to own a car to get around. It is fantastic that we have the Shuttle bus that allows our ...more »
Huntsville's transportation is abysmal. Point blank period. From the development of Memorial Parkway (which severely destroyed North Huntsville) to the shuttle bus I've literally seen maybe 40 times in 6 years of living here, the only serviceable way to travel is by car. Coming from the Atlanta area (Cobb County, Marietta) it is easy access to ride Cobb County Transit (CCT) to a MARTA station that will transfer me to ...more »
Huntsville has always been at the forefront of technology Solar roads, http://www.solarroadways.com/intro.shtml are an incredible project that we can potentially implement in a small way and gradually work it up in scale across the city. Start off with parking lots as the experiment and maybe cover the Parkway as the solar roads can keep ice from forming. Check out the web site. it would be amazing to see and we would ...more »
Getting government out of the way: Andres Duany explains to CNU Atlanta a sensible strategy for urban development without "gold plated" infrastructure dictated by increasingly restrictive codes, green building standards and public process.
Hear his ideas on youtube
Implement a Rapid Bus Transit system similar to Cleveland's. Basically, add a ton of bus routes and buses to our current joke-of-a-bus system and give them dedicated lanes to encourage usage. Make the buses "green" by using propane or possibly electric buses.
This would be much cheaper and more flexible than rail.
I've lived here most of my life and North Huntsville has always been a blight. One of the main issues is the concentration of decades old public housing. They're a relic of old-school thinking on public housing and they're awful for the people that live there and truly need assistance. Other cities have figured out these concentrations just lead to major issues (like our dismal crime rate) and cycles of poverty and underachievement ...more »
A gondola system would provide much needed public transportation between major nodes of Huntsville. The implementation would be easier (and likely cheaper) than any type of train due to the reduced ground footprint. In addition, this could become an attraction of its own. There are a few examples of this type of public transportation. Green power could even be incorporated to run the stations.
The existing shuttle bus public transit routes are pretty good, but the system could use improvement. There is a bus route within walking distance from just about any point in the city. Each route goes by at least one grocery store and other shopping and business opportunities, so people of the city can meet their needs effectively. Here are my recommendations, in order of implementation. Each improvement should help ...more »
I'm all for bringing an Amtrak route to Huntsville, but it requires co-operation of other nearby communities, which may fall through. If we cannot get an Amtrak train route to go through Huntsville, a good alternative might be MegaBus. This bus service is gaining in popularity, and we already have a bus stop downtown. Megabus is more comfortable than Greyhound, has low cost rates similar to Amtrak and Greyhound, and ...more »
While many people have suggested a train line and/or improved bus route, I would like to propose a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system for the city. A BRT system is "an innovative, high capacity, lower cost public transit solution that can significantly improve urban mobility. This permanent, integrated system uses buses or specialized vehicles on roadways or dedicated lanes to quickly and efficiently transport passengers ...more »
Ease and efficiency of transportation is key for any city to grow and fluorish. Currently, Huntsville is not only without a substantial mass transit system, it is cut off from other major metropolitan areas with regard to rail connectivity. Huntsville is home to a state university, the second largest research park in the nation, an international airport, a hospital district, a downtown, a military installation, and ...more »