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Old 12-09-2014, 01:59 PM
 
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"While MARTA is enjoying a stellar end of the year, the AJC has asked a few North Fulton heavy-hitters to weigh in on their perceptions of public transit access. In opinions that seem a far cry from the past, interest appears to be strong for better public transit options to connect the suburbs to the city center. Citing young people's affinity for public transit..."

"Rusty Paul, mayor of Sandy Springs, bemoans the departure of financial tech company WorldPay for downtown Atlanta, saying that Sandy Springs has all the necessary components to attract the younger demographic the company is after. While there are four MARTA train stations in Sandy Springs, the suburban city cannot claim the vibrant, urban-oriented lifestyle many millennials — "information-age" "techo-wizards" according to Paul — seek, and it seems a bit naïve to claim it does. While he cites the recent push for ultra-high speed Internet by providers in the area, the case is likely to hinge on the ability of middle-aged, upper-middle-class Sandy Springs residents to pay for the expensive Internet. Even still, he takes a pro-MARTA stance and calls on his city's residents to take advantage of the amenity afforded to so few others in the greater metro: proximity to a train station..."

Mark Toro, managing partner of North American Properties, which recently developed Avalon, cuts to the heart of the transit woes that afflict Alpharetta — namely the lack of transit. He criticizes Atlantans, pointing out "the widespread aversion" many in the city have for public transportation. As a New York transplant, Toro makes an eloquently stated point that the lack of transit usage might relate to preconceived, unfounded notions about the type of people who use MARTA. While personal aversion might keep some away, the lack of convenience with far-spaced train stations and sometimes unreliable bus service also plays a key factor. Toro calls on residents of north Fulton to get over themselves, realize that MARTA goes to more places than the airport and come to the conclusion that public transit isn't scary. And as a MARTA user, he says he puts his money where his mouth is..."


Full Story: North Fulton wants All Aboard for MARTA Expansion? - Transit Talk - Curbed Atlanta



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By Mark Toro

“I ride MARTA.” It’s a statement often met with a look of pity, or disbelief, or even disdain. It apparently surprises — even shocks — most people, that a dignified businessman or businesswoman actually uses metro Atlanta’s public transit system.

I’m sure it also will surprise my peers and competitors when they read that I often ride the train or bus. I have the option to drive my own car, or take Uber, whenever and wherever I want. But I choose MARTA..."


Full Story: MARTA, northern suburbs and streetcar | Atlanta Forward Blog

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Old 12-09-2014, 02:27 PM
 
Location: NYC by week; ATL by weekend
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4 Marta train stations in Sandy Springs?? Its only 2 right? Noth Springs and Sandy Springs. Dunwoody station would make 3 by default cause Dunwoody and Sandy Springs pretty much morph together on that side.
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Old 12-09-2014, 02:29 PM
 
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4 Marta train stations in Sandy Springs?? Its only 2 right? Noth Springs and Sandy Springs. Dunwoody station would make 3 by default cause Dunwoody and Sandy Springs pretty much morph together on that side.
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Old 12-09-2014, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Just outside of McDonough, Georgia
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Yep. At the moment, Medical Center, Sandy Springs, and North Springs are the only MARTA stations in Sandy Springs. If...no, WHEN the Red Line extension is finally built, there should be another stop at Northridge, bringing the station count to four.

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Old 12-09-2014, 07:06 PM
 
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Yep. At the moment, Medical Center, Sandy Springs, and North Springs are the only MARTA stations in Sandy Springs. If...no, WHEN the Red Line extension is finally built, there should be another stop at Northridge, bringing the station count to four.

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They prolly countin dwoody too since it's like so close to ssprings.
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Old 12-09-2014, 07:13 PM
 
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North Fulton wants all aboard on MARTA expansion?

Prove it.

Tell that MARTOC chairman Mike Jacobs to stop being such a dink.

And for that matter, spread the message to the rest of the dinks of North Fulton who legislate at the state level.


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"While MARTA is enjoying a stellar end of the year, the AJC has asked a few North Fulton heavy-hitters to weigh in on their perceptions of public transit access. In opinions that seem a far cry from the past, interest appears to be strong for better public transit options to connect the suburbs to the city center. Citing young people's affinity for public transit..."

"Rusty Paul, mayor of Sandy Springs, bemoans the departure of financial tech company WorldPay for downtown Atlanta, saying that Sandy Springs has all the necessary components to attract the younger demographic the company is after. While there are four MARTA train stations in Sandy Springs, the suburban city cannot claim the vibrant, urban-oriented lifestyle many millennials — "information-age" "techo-wizards" according to Paul — seek, and it seems a bit naïve to claim it does. While he cites the recent push for ultra-high speed Internet by providers in the area, the case is likely to hinge on the ability of middle-aged, upper-middle-class Sandy Springs residents to pay for the expensive Internet. Even still, he takes a pro-MARTA stance and calls on his city's residents to take advantage of the amenity afforded to so few others in the greater metro: proximity to a train station..."

Mark Toro, managing partner of North American Properties, which recently developed Avalon, cuts to the heart of the transit woes that afflict Alpharetta — namely the lack of transit. He criticizes Atlantans, pointing out "the widespread aversion" many in the city have for public transportation. As a New York transplant, Toro makes an eloquently stated point that the lack of transit usage might relate to preconceived, unfounded notions about the type of people who use MARTA. While personal aversion might keep some away, the lack of convenience with far-spaced train stations and sometimes unreliable bus service also plays a key factor. Toro calls on residents of north Fulton to get over themselves, realize that MARTA goes to more places than the airport and come to the conclusion that public transit isn't scary. And as a MARTA user, he says he puts his money where his mouth is..."


Full Story: North Fulton wants All Aboard for MARTA Expansion? - Transit Talk - Curbed Atlanta



RELATED ARTICLE

"Faster Horses" Not the Answer
By Mark Toro

“I ride MARTA.” It’s a statement often met with a look of pity, or disbelief, or even disdain. It apparently surprises — even shocks — most people, that a dignified businessman or businesswoman actually uses metro Atlanta’s public transit system.

I’m sure it also will surprise my peers and competitors when they read that I often ride the train or bus. I have the option to drive my own car, or take Uber, whenever and wherever I want. But I choose MARTA..."


Full Story: MARTA, northern suburbs and streetcar | Atlanta Forward Blog
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Old 12-09-2014, 07:41 PM
 
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If they want to encourage the red line extension, then quit being so difficult about the line being on the west side of 400.
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Old 12-09-2014, 08:24 PM
 
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DH was telling me today that somebody at work told him that MARTA was expanding to Alpharetta. Does anybody have a link that could explain to me the status of this? I figure it's probably pretty complicated...
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Old 12-09-2014, 08:52 PM
 
Location: East Side of ATL
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DH was telling me today that somebody at work told him that MARTA was expanding to Alpharetta. Does anybody have a link that could explain to me the status of this? I figure it's probably pretty complicated...
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Old 12-10-2014, 01:13 AM
 
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DH was telling me today that somebody at work told him that MARTA was expanding to Alpharetta. Does anybody have a link that could explain to me the status of this? I figure it's probably pretty complicated...
MARTA is not expanding to Alpharetta quite yet.

MARTA *WANTS* to expand to Alpharetta (and with the worsening traffic on 400 and the desire of the Alpharetta business community to become some kind of 21st Century tech hub that appeals strongly to Millennials, many in Alpharetta are increasingly wanting MARTA to expand their way).

The problem is that MARTA currently does not have the funds availalble to expand the Red Line to Alpharetta.
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