Could rapid transit solve Highway 280 traffic woes? Mayor of Hoover says yes.

Birmingham, Hoover, Alabama, Highway 280 mass rapid system
Video still via Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham on Facebook

When I first moved to Birmingham from Georgia, the hit “Move” by Ludacris was big. The lyrics are about Atlanta traffic on Interstate 20, but I soon learned the tune is perfectly appropriate for Highway 280 in the Greater Birmingham area. Hoover mayor Frank Brocato wants to change that, and he thinks a rapid transit system is the answer.

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Recreational Park Approved for HWY 280

Where 280 and 119 meet, you know, where the Chick-fil-a is located, will eventually be home to a new development called Tattersall Park.

The land, which has been seemingly vacant for years, will begin its redevelopment process by introducing Next Levl (reported on earlier) as the first tenant.

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Inside look of the ‘extreme recreational park’ – Photo by: Patrick Jameson

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Brother can you spare a quarter? Why is gas cheaper in the burbs?

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While driving down Highway 280 last night, I was taken aback at the price of gasoline.  Traveling south just past the Best Buy/Target shopping area, I spotted this BP/Circle K (below) selling gas at $1.93 a gallon.  It wasn’t a fluke. Further down Highway 280 there were additional stations selling regular gas between $1.93 to $1.99.

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