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Old 04-03-2012, 12:54 PM
 
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Have you ever commuted on MARTA. Its standing room only during rush hour on all lines! Please experience commuting on MARTA before making comments on here. 500,000 people commute using MARTA, that's 10% of the regions population.
Yes I have commuted on MARTA, many many times from North Springs to Buckhead. Even during morning rush there was hardly a soul on the train. Granted, this was back 2001-2004. Maybe it's different now, but from what I saw, it was very underused and very overpriced.

And I can tell you right now that there are not 500'000 people using MARTA trains every day. Maybe between the trains and the buses you might be at that level, but not just on the trains themselves, no way.
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Old 04-03-2012, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA (Sandy Springs)
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The 500,000 figure is likely including buses as it doesn't specifically say it is only rail.

http://www.itsmarta.com/uploadedFile...t%20010611.pdf
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Old 04-03-2012, 01:01 PM
 
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Yes I have commuted on MARTA, many many times from North Springs to Buckhead. Even during morning rush there was hardly a soul on the train. Granted, this was back 2001-2004. Maybe it's different now, but from what I saw, it was very underused and very overpriced.

And I can tell you right now that there are not 500'000 people using MARTA trains every day. Maybe between the trains and the buses you might be at that level, but not just on the trains themselves, no way.
Back in 2001-2004, I was paying 1.89 a gallon for gas, there is NO WAY it cost $3.89 in 2012. ....
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Old 04-03-2012, 01:02 PM
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Yes I have commuted on MARTA, many many times from North Springs to Buckhead. Even during morning rush there was hardly a soul on the train. Granted, this was back 2001-2004. Maybe it's different now, but from what I saw, it was very underused and very overpriced.

And I can tell you right now that there are not 500'000 people using MARTA trains every day. Maybe between the trains and the buses you might be at that level, but not just on the trains themselves, no way.
I don't know the current ridership numbers, but you're basing that on a very limited experience from eight+ years ago, so your analysis doesn't hold much water.
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Old 04-03-2012, 01:07 PM
 
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I don't know the current ridership numbers, but you're basing that on a very limited experience from eight+ years ago, so your analysis doesn't hold much water.
Looks like he was right as ridership is only about 260,000 boardings per day.
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Old 04-03-2012, 01:10 PM
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Looks like he was right as ridership is only about 260,000 boardings per day.
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Old 04-03-2012, 01:17 PM
 
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I don't know the current ridership numbers, but you're basing that on a very limited experience from eight+ years ago, so your analysis doesn't hold much water.
Plus it was between North Springs and Buckhead. It gets more packed between Arts Center and Five Points.
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Old 04-03-2012, 01:29 PM
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Plus it was between North Springs and Buckhead. It gets more packed between Arts Center and Five Points.
Very true. The entire East line is pretty full, too. I remember the South line stayed pretty packed, too, but it's been several years since I rode that one during rush hour.
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Old 04-03-2012, 01:53 PM
 
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According to Wikipedia, as of 2009 MARTA average daily ridership is 482,500 daily with nearly 260,000 being trips on rail. As of Fourth Quarter 2011, it is the 8th busiest rapid transit system in the nation.

Despite the hot air coming out of the state legislature and elsewhere, MARTA is a highly valuable asset to the Atlanta region and is estimated to have an annual economic impact of $2.1 billion as found by the Carl Vinson Institute at UGA.
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Old 04-03-2012, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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Yes I have commuted on MARTA, many many times from North Springs to Buckhead.
Half the northbound trains get off at Buckhead. As others have stated more than 1/2 of MARTA's rider use the rail system. The bus system is far more expansive, but the HRT is still the backbone of the entire system.
Is there any reason why 4 of the largest employment centers in the metro area, Downtown, Midtown, Buckhead, and Perimeter are all connected via MARTA rail? Large corporations like to be in proximity to transit stations and MARTA has direct connection to Hartsfield-Jackson.
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