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Old 12-10-2013, 05:54 PM
 
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MARTA seems to be on a great tact right now. Just read over the op-ed piece in the AJC, wow.
I assume this is what you are referring to? Had to go hunt it down. Good read: MARTA’s new momentum | Atlanta Forward
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Old 12-10-2013, 06:27 PM
 
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Incredible. Just incredible. So after hamstringing Marta for decades we ensure it's continued weakness by fragmenting the hell out of our mass transit system. And in the process, we bring in a private entity that will not only have to cover its operating expenses, but will have to turn a healthy profit in the process (i.e. gouging and higher rates).

Only a matter of time until nobody rides it because the fares are too high (since we're paying operating costs + profits), and then the OTP politicians who hate any kinds of transit can point at it and say "Hey look, mass transit really DOESN'T work! More proof that cars are the only viable way to get around any city." And instead of giving Marta a shot at horizontal integration, we ensure that it stays isolated and weak forever.

Just incredible.
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Old 12-10-2013, 06:55 PM
 
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LOL.

Even MARTA doesn't want to operate this riderless train to nowhere.
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Atlanta - Midtown
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LOL.

Even MARTA doesn't want to operate this riderless train to nowhere.
You're going to call this thing "riderless" 5 months before it even opens? Oh right...that's what you do.
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I trust both Reed w. CoA and Parker w. Marta. I hope they like each other and will work well together and both agree about this without any animosity to allow for any future effective partnerships. Who knows, if this "privatized" company does well it can help Marta in some way. Or if Marta does well like it has been lately maybe the ins costs would lower for them and they can take over the streetcar in the future when it makes fiscally sense.
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:54 PM
 
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You're going to call this thing "riderless" 5 months before it even opens? Oh right...that's what you do.
It doesn't go anywhere. It averages like what, like 6 miles per hour? If you think this will be a viable transit solution, you are out of your mind.
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Old 12-10-2013, 08:02 PM
 
Location: College Park
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It doesn't go anywhere. It averages like what, like 6 miles per hour? If you think this will be a viable transit solution, you are out of your mind.
I don't think ridership will be that great either. If the end game was just the current route, then I think it would have been an incredible waste. However, I just look at it as a catalyst to Beltline and crosstown transit.
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Old 12-10-2013, 08:08 PM
 
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It doesn't go anywhere. It averages like what, like 6 miles per hour? If you think this will be a viable transit solution, you are out of your mind.
MARTA didnt go anywhere when it first opened. Look at her now.

You gotta crawl before you can walk
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Old 12-10-2013, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Atlanta - Midtown
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It doesn't go anywhere. It averages like what, like 6 miles per hour? If you think this will be a viable transit solution, you are out of your mind.
I think that this depends on your personal opinion. I'm excited to be able to get on a streetcar and zip on down to Sweet Auburn market.

This will undoubtedly be used by Ga State students across their spread out campus. Edgewood has become a very successful nightlife district. Factor in the tourists, conventioneers, residents of Downtown, office workers, and direct connection to Marta's Peachtree Center... I think it will be just fine. Like others have said, this line is the beginning of something bigger. Let's just give it some time and an opportunity to do well.
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Old 12-10-2013, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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This will most likely be ran like the portland streetcar. The outsourced company will not raise rates.
Please take the walking tour. All these questions are answered and more.
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