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Old 10-02-2011, 06:32 PM
 
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Yeah...I think that its fair to say that if we let Marta go we can say bye bye to the progress that Metro Atlanta has made over the past few decades.
So we are being held hostage by MARTA? "Youse pay us da muny or da city gets it!" Atlanta
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Old 10-02-2011, 06:39 PM
 
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Yeah...I think that its fair to say that if we let Marta go we can say bye bye to the progress that Metro Atlanta has made over the past few decades.
The vast majority of growth in metro Atlanta in the past few decades has taken place in areas that are not served by MARTA. I'm not in favor of letting MARTA go but it's hard to argue that it has been responsible for our growth.
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Old 10-02-2011, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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The monthly pass increasing by 40% is unreasonable. And regular fares are going up by 25%. I think this places MARTA as the most expensive transit system as New York and Chicago are round-the-clock service. And that includes past cuts in MARTA service.

I know it sounds alot but its probably similiar to many cities. Here in Portland the fare has gone up about 4 times in 5 years. It just went up again to $2.40 for a one way ticket and the monthly pass is $92.00. I'm sure it will be raised again within a year. Looks like transit systems across the country, are struggling financially with no way out it seems.
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Old 10-02-2011, 08:04 PM
 
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High gas prices are the way out.
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Old 10-02-2011, 08:08 PM
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The vast majority of growth in metro Atlanta in the past few decades has taken place in areas that are not served by MARTA. I'm not in favor of letting MARTA go but it's hard to argue that it has been responsible for our growth.
Not disputing this fact at all but the sheer number of vehicles being added to the road is making things worse, and making businesses skip over metro-Atlanta for other places.
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Old 10-02-2011, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Hell, if anything the midtown train to buckhead should cost $5-10, because a TAXI from midtown to buckhead is around $15.

This thread only shows how mathematically incompetent the US population is, thinking that a complex and expensive rapid train is cheaper than some guy just landed into town from Africa and a drivers license.
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Old 10-02-2011, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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In the past, you got a 15% discount for buying in 20 trip increments ($1.70 per trip). I wonder if they kept that incentive there or not.

Also, I don't get how it's now the second most expensive in the US. BART has variable fares: some routes cost over $5 each way. Atlanta has a flat rate system, which is very reasonable if you are going from the Airport to Dunwoody (20 miles)--so it's not so black and white. Seems like calculating cost per mile for the average user is probably the more accurate comparison, which would be difficult to do.

One could go broke riding BART and your correct with the variable fares.I don't know how people manage the costs of commuting there. You program your fare card for the amount of money you want on it. Plug in say $20.00 and its gone in no time. Whats worse the transit in the bay area is broken up into different companies. A BART ticket and or the monthly pass doesn't work on the other regional transit companies. One must buy another ticket or pass for each transit company they are riding on. I'd say Marta is a bargain compared to riding transit in the Bay area.
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Old 10-02-2011, 08:16 PM
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So we are being held hostage by MARTA? "Youse pay us da muny or da city gets it!" Atlanta
lollllll I wish.
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Old 10-02-2011, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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Hell, if anything the midtown train to buckhead should cost $5-10, because a TAXI from midtown to buckhead is around $15.

This thread only shows how mathematically incompetent the US population is, thinking that a complex and expensive rapid train is cheaper than some guy just landed into town from Africa and a drivers license.
But it *is* cheaper. You just said so. Or were you trying to make some sort of point about infrastructure costs?
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Old 10-02-2011, 08:45 PM
 
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Tomorrow the Atlanta Regional Table is voting and sending the final list of transit/infrastructure projects to GDOT. Next year when the projects are to be voted on, the citizens need to turn out in droves to approve the Penny Tax. For now it will be expensive but, once awareness about transit comes into play when some of the light rail, commuter rail and MARTA extensions are built, funding from the state and federal governments may come your way to ease the increases. The mentality of the whole metro area has to change, vote that Penny Tax in so better things overall can come to Metro Atlanta's way. Transit fuels growth...in more ways than one.
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