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Old 06-27-2015, 06:37 AM
 
Location: Orange Blossom Trail
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In my opinion, MARTA needs to focus on continued improvements to its current service area, including the addition of WiFi, improved train frequencies, introducing limited retail services to stations (such as the food stands project), fixing the old information screens in many stations, building a new website (the current one is horribly outdated), and continuing work on TODs at existing stations, with planned rail expansions as a secondary goal dependent on funding.

- skbl17
Which is basically what Ive been saying. Everything you just said Ive been saying. More at existing stations. Not too interested in adding stations yet, especially when the people cant find a place to sit at Peachtree Center and Omni Station.

And just to be a little more clear, with the Cobb vs Marta conversation. People keep saying Marta sucks because it doesnt come here to Cobb when its the exact opposite. Cobb is terrible for not joining Fulton, Dekalb and Clayton. Thats the simple point I am making with that statement. Metro Atl is not shrinking, its growing. Cobb being anti Marta and anti Atlanta hurts all of us in the region, but it seems Im the only one who sees it as so. I have to stand on my own.

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Old 06-27-2015, 06:27 PM
 
Location: In your feelings
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Which is basically what Ive been saying. Everything you just said Ive been saying. More at existing stations. Not too interested in adding stations yet, especially when the people cant find a place to sit at Peachtree Center and Omni Station.

And just to be a little more clear, with the Cobb vs Marta conversation. People keep saying Marta sucks because it doesnt come here to Cobb when its the exact opposite. Cobb is terrible for not joining Fulton, Dekalb and Clayton. Thats the simple point I am making with that statement. Metro Atl is not shrinking, its growing. Cobb being anti Marta and anti Atlanta hurts all of us in the region, but it seems Im the only one who sees it as so. I have to stand on my own.
The good news is a lot of what skb mentioned, MARTA is actively working on, like wi-fi in stations and trains, retail in stations, fixing the info displays and reatime train data, and developing the TOD projects. I haven't heard anything about a new website but agree both the website and their apps are pretty janky. I think they could probably do a lot better if they outsourced that work (if they don't already; and if they do, yikes, time for a new contract)

MARTA actually did the research on every single station's transit oriented development potential. Go here and click on any station on the map: MARTA - Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. It explains a lot about why MARTA has been developing the stations it has, and which might be next.
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Old 06-27-2015, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA (Sandy Springs)
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I think all stations should have restrooms and either water fountains or vending machines where you can get a drink. That would seem to be some basic improvements that could be made.
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Old 06-27-2015, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Orange Blossom Trail
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The good news is a lot of what skb mentioned, MARTA is actively working on, like wi-fi in stations and trains, retail in stations, fixing the info displays and reatime train data, and developing the TOD projects. I haven't heard anything about a new website but agree both the website and their apps are pretty janky. I think they could probably do a lot better if they outsourced that work (if they don't already; and if they do, yikes, time for a new contract)

MARTA actually did the research on every single station's transit oriented development potential. Go here and click on any station on the map: MARTA - Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. It explains a lot about why MARTA has been developing the stations it has, and which might be next.
Interesting, ill have to check out the link. I see articles here and there in bizjournal. I definitely want to see more.
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Old 06-27-2015, 09:40 PM
 
Location: NW Atlanta
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I think all stations should have restrooms and either water fountains or vending machines where you can get a drink. That would seem to be some basic improvements that could be made.
Most of them already do (and all have restrooms)
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Old 06-28-2015, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Orange Blossom Trail
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Most of them already do (and all have restrooms)
This is true. I dont think all of the rest rooms need to be open though. The top 14 stations should unlock the restrooms and lock the other half based on tap numbers. Im assuming when they count ridership they count both the tap on (entering tap) and the tap off (exiting tap). The station with the most taps should open their restrooms. They should also use this method when it comes to Wifi. No point in installing wifi routers at stations with low ridership. It would be better use of resources to enhance the more used stations. What do you think Gulch?
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Old 06-28-2015, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Georgia
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Which is basically what Ive been saying. Everything you just said Ive been saying. More at existing stations. Not too interested in adding stations yet, especially when the people cant find a place to sit at Peachtree Center and Omni Station.
Completely agree that many of the stations, particularly the busy ones, need a lot more benches.

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And just to be a little more clear, with the Cobb vs Marta conversation. People keep saying Marta sucks because it doesnt come here to Cobb when its the exact opposite. Cobb is terrible for not joining Fulton, Dekalb and Clayton. Thats the simple point I am making with that statement. Metro Atl is not shrinking, its growing. Cobb being anti Marta and anti Atlanta hurts all of us in the region, but it seems Im the only one who sees it as so. I have to stand on my own.
Not having MARTA is Cobb's loss. Clayton is coming online, and there's a real chance that Gwinnett could follow soon. Just wait 'til Cobb continues to grow, the new Braves stadium comes in, and the demographics of Cobb continue to shift to less and less white. Then I think the pro-transit voices will start to rise up.

That being said, if Cobb could politically figure out a way to just get a rail line up to Cumberland and Smyrna, I think that could get the ball rolling. All they would have to do is make it possible so that, in such a scenario, only Cumberland and Smyrna would pay the 1% sales tax, and they couldn't be double-taxed if, say, MARTA were to extend to the entire county.
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Old 06-28-2015, 01:55 PM
 
Location: NW Atlanta
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This is true. I dont think all of the rest rooms need to be open though. The top 14 stations should unlock the restrooms and lock the other half based on tap numbers. Im assuming when they count ridership they count both the tap on (entering tap) and the tap off (exiting tap). The station with the most taps should open their restrooms. They should also use this method when it comes to Wifi. No point in installing wifi routers at stations with low ridership. It would be better use of resources to enhance the more used stations. What do you think Gulch?
I'd say that's pretty reasonable.
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Old 06-28-2015, 04:33 PM
 
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Rail stations in Roswell/Alpharetta. Are we there yet?
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Old 06-28-2015, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Prescott, AZ
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Rail stations in Roswell/Alpharetta. Are we there yet?
What do you mean?
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