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Old 02-14-2011, 05:11 PM
 
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What would be the best way to do transportation during rush hour, and how long do you think it would take?
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Old 02-14-2011, 05:14 PM
 
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What would be the best way to do transportation during rush hour, and how long do you think it would take?
It might be good to give the name of the street/intersection from which you will begin the commute as well as the destination.
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Old 02-14-2011, 08:22 PM
 
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Best way = quickest? stress free? Is this for everyday, or one time? There is a Xpress bus from Johns Creek (Medlock Bridge corridor) to Doraville, MARTA from Doraville to Atlanta. But the Xpress bus only runs 4 or 5 times each in the AM/PM.
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Old 02-14-2011, 10:09 PM
 
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how long is it from doraville train to one of the downtown stops on the marta?
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Old 02-14-2011, 11:09 PM
 
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how long is it from doraville train to one of the downtown stops on the marta?
The schedules are provided at:

MARTA - Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority

I think the link you want is:
MARTA - Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority
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Old 02-15-2011, 03:35 PM
 
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and do you think its better taking a car or bus to the train then driving all the way into the city?
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Old 02-15-2011, 05:33 PM
 
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and do you think its better taking a car or bus to the train then driving all the way into the city?
Depends on how well the stars are aligned on the transit side:

Will you live close to Medlock Bridge corridor to get to Doraville? (Or it could be the Alpharetta area MARTA buses going to North Springs station.)

If the Medlock corridor, there are only limited services (4-5 in AM/PM). Will you be able to work around that schedule. You cant leave work at 7pm, and take the bus from Doraville to Johns Creek. The North Springs / Alpharetta line runs till later.

Do you like going by bus and train? Waiting?

You will overall likely not save any time. Just the hassle of driving, and cost or wear/tear on your vehicle. It is quite doable if the stars align well.
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Old 02-15-2011, 06:43 PM
 
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MARTA actually runs pretty efficiently and quick, but here if the main problem for Northern commuters and the reason you probably won't want to take MARTA/Xpress (unless you like the convenience of not driving and working on other things).

A bulk of the heavy traffic you will face is outside I-285. Intown traffic isn't that bad, except on the connector (where 75/85 merge), which is short and easy to avoid for midtown commuters.

So if you take the express bus it isn't traffic separated. It will move just as slow as a car. You will lose time whenever you transfer (both from your car when you first board and then at the MARTA station).

If you do take MARTA... you might as well drive to the Doraville or look into driving to North Springs. There are off ramps from GA-400 to the station. The train ride will be roughtly 20-25 minutes to downtown and slightly shorter to midtown.
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