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Old 01-25-2013, 08:34 AM
 
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“You feel more in it, not just a faceless guy in a car,” said Duncan, 29, an IT consultant.

According to a region-wide poll conducted for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, MARTA riders have a stronger connection than nonriders to metro Atlanta. More than that, the poll found that MARTA riders had a stronger connection to their individual neighborhood and the county where they live.
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:00 AM
 
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Shawn Poole, 42, of Canton, said he has virtually no connection to metro Atlanta. He does not see his area as being part of metro Atlanta. Born and raised Cobb County, he’s ridden MARTA twice in his life.
MARTA, he says, is simply inconvenient for him to get to. Beyond that, Atlanta “has gone downhill. They haven’t taken care of the traffic problem.”
Lol, well duh. You live in Canton what do you expect?

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Old 01-25-2013, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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“There’s too many incidents at the train stops and the bus stops of people getting harassed and asked for money,” said Michael Shields, 64, of Kennesaw. He worries that these incidents can quickly escalate into violent confrontations.
I love that they put this comment from someone who doesn't regularly ride MARTA. My wife and ridden it almost everyday for 3 years, all times of the day and have never has incidents or felt unsafe. Atlanta doesn't have a traffic problem, its the whole metro area! Since he lives in Kennesaw, I bet he has a concealed weapon?
The stronger connection has a lot to do with being able to pay attention to people, places, and things outside of the windows because we are not having to concentrate on driving. It allows the user to make mental notes of places to visit and know exactly how to get there.
 
Old 01-25-2013, 09:20 AM
 
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Lol, we duh. You live in Canton what do you expect?
Yea, My experience has been those that live in the suburbs are the ones that complain about the traffic. By living in the city, I rarely see it. I have not had a commute over 20 mins in years. I don't think many people realize that. I dread going to the suburbs any time around rush hour. It takes hours out of your life. I don't know how people do that every day.
 
Old 01-25-2013, 09:47 AM
 
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Yea, My experience has been those that live in the suburbs are the ones that complain about the traffic. By living in the city, I rarely see it. I have not had a commute over 20 mins in years. I don't think many people realize that. I dread going to the suburbs any time around rush hour. It takes hours out of your life. I don't know how people do that every day.
It's just funny he doesn't realize this and thinks his understanding or viewpoint is valid. Like his whole world is Cobb.
 
Old 01-25-2013, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Lol, well duh. You live in Canton what do you expect?
Harsh. I live on the Canton/Milton border and take MARTA from North Springs at least three times a week to work/grad school downtown.
 
Old 01-25-2013, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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It's just funny he doesn't realize this and thinks his understanding or viewpoint is valid. Like his whole world is Cobb.
What is interesting, to me, is that the center of Canton is 37 miles from my house in Mableton, which itself is 4 miles OTP. Canton is in the center of Cherokee County. No *wonder* he doesn't feel connected to Atlanta. He lives 35-40 miles away! And yet we're both considered "OTP" residents.

I don't go into the city that often, mainly to eat someplace, but it's always right across the river from us if we want to go there. For us, Atlanta is right next door. For him, it's a half hour away even assuming zero traffic.
 
Old 01-25-2013, 10:47 AM
 
Location: ATL by way of Los Angeles
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It's just funny he doesn't realize this and thinks his understanding or viewpoint is valid. Like his whole world is Cobb.
To add to that, if he is 42 then he also grew up mostly in the era where Atlanta really was considered to be "dangerous" and "far away" to a lot of people in Cobb. Notice how he moved to Cherokee rather than either staying in Cobb or going ITP.
 
Old 01-25-2013, 12:44 PM
 
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I hope he at least realizes that without Atlanta where he lives probably would not be all that desirable. The devide in this metro is silly.
 
Old 01-25-2013, 01:29 PM
 
Location: City of Atlanta
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I love that they put this comment from someone who doesn't regularly ride MARTA. My wife and ridden it almost everyday for 3 years, all times of the day and have never has incidents or felt unsafe. Atlanta doesn't have a traffic problem, its the whole metro area!
I thought the same thing when I read that comment. It's ridiculous how people say MARTA is a cesspool full of criminals, but they haven't actually taken it - they have an opinion, but it's not an informed one. While my wife and I don't ride MARTA as regularly as you, we do use it at least once a week, especially for events in downtown or midtown - or to get to work if it's raining (I bike commute). Sometimes with a few people it will cost the same as parking, but I'd much rather pay for MARTA than pay to put my car in a lot. On buses and the trains, we've never felt unsafe, or seen anything bad happen. And if he would actually get on MARTA, he'd see it's not just poor people, but rather a mix of people from working class to white collar. Comments like that get me so worked up!

And also, living in the city, I rarely end up in traffic. Like others have said, though, I dread needing to go anywhere OTP during rush hour. I really couldn't imagine sitting in that everyday, and then see the train fly right by me (on 400 at least), and still think it's a good idea to drive.
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