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Old 02-11-2013, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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There isn't one already, is there?! If there is, I missed the memo - and there are no bus lanes so it would still get stuck in traffic anyway.
No, just an idea.
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Old 02-11-2013, 01:23 PM
 
Location: City of Atlanta
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No, just an idea.
Oh, alright. I thought I had missed something that would be awesome. It's a great idea though! Considering the traffic over there and the large number of people using the 32 for commuting, I could see that as a line that could use a Q in front of it (BRT), as long as bus lanes are added from Turner Field to the Gold Dome.
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Old 02-11-2013, 02:00 PM
 
Location: ITP - City of Atlanta Proper
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I think only the newer trains there have those types of seating, and MARTA trains are definitely older than the MTAs newest trains. I would really like to see the moving map like the MTA has on their new trains, where there is a blinking light for the current stop, the lights go off for past stops, and the lights stay lit for future stops. Also, loud, automated voices saying the stops.
I was speaking the layout like this:



Which NYC subway trains have had as long as I remember. The way seating was designed on MARTA was intentionally done so as to give it a more relaxed commuter feel, rather than a typical subway experience that had a bad connotation back in the 1960s and 70s. Plus, I don't think when MARTA was first planned they considered that "crush" level passenger traffic would be a daily occurrence.

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Start making your move the station before yours if the trains are packed like sardines.
Oh trust me, I've been riding MARTA trains pretty much everyday since I was 8 years old. I am well versed in the "pre-exit snaking" required to get out of a window seat. Not that I ever sit in a window seat during rush hour since that would just be mad. I'd rather stand than be stuck in a wedged in position.

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Old 02-11-2013, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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I was speaking the layout like this:



Which NYC subway trains have had as long as I remember. The way seating was designed on MARTA was intentionally done so as to give it a more relaxed commuter feel, rather than a typical subway experience that had a bad connotation back in the 1960s and 70s. Plus, I don't think when MARTA was first planned I don't think they considered that "crush" level passenger traffic would be a daily occurrence.



Oh trust me, I've been riding MARTA trains pretty much everyday since I was 8 years old. I am well versed in the "pre-exit snaking" required to get out of a window seat. Not that I ever sit in a window seat during rush hour since that would just be mad. I'd rather stand than be stuck in a wedged in position.
Or the pre-exit blitz, where you just run over everybody!
I do like the seating configuration on MARTA, allows more of a comfortable ride.
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Old 02-11-2013, 04:35 PM
 
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The best way to solve overcrowding is to run more frequent trains.
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Old 02-11-2013, 05:21 PM
 
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You can spot those fit, relaxed MARTA riders a mile away.

If only the rest us stressed out slobs could be so lucky!
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:47 PM
 
Location: City of Atlanta
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I was speaking the layout like this:



Which NYC subway trains have had as long as I remember. The way seating was designed on MARTA was intentionally done so as to give it a more relaxed commuter feel, rather than a typical subway experience that had a bad connotation back in the 1960s and 70s. Plus, I don't think when MARTA was first planned they considered that "crush" level passenger traffic would be
Oh, ok. I thought you meant the newer, smooth seats:

http://www.mta.info/mta/news/release...=100222-NYCT31

Those that you pictured would be a bit better, since they keep you from sliding. But some lines also have what MARTA has. I guess it just depends on when the trains were bought.

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Old 02-11-2013, 08:51 PM
 
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MARTA trains are actually better then the NYC subway trains and we all know how much of an advocate I am of NYC. The only problem is the super small space in between the seats especially when the trains overcrowd...
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Old 02-12-2013, 03:41 AM
 
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I think the biggest thing I would complain about is there not being enough seats on MARTA trains. I don't think this is MARTA's fault, the trains seem configured properly, I just don't find it very relaxing to have to stand on a moving train for 30 minutes.

If you can sit down and read a book, that's a lot better. A lot of that depends on when you come and go.
If the seats are full and you have to stand, then that is a sign that there is demand for using transit in Atlanta. I do agree with configuring them to the Japanese style, with cushioned benches and hanging plastic rings.
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Old 02-12-2013, 03:43 AM
 
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Yeah, they definitely need to install more places to hang on.

The way it is now, grabbing most of the bars results in your armpit being right in someone's face. I think those old school hanging ring things like 1970s NYC subways had would be cool!
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