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Old 12-30-2014, 01:54 PM
 
Location: O4W
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You don't actually have any real life friends do you?
Yes. You can be my new friend if you are a cute female over the age of 18. Nall... j/k but you know how threads get high jacked around here. If I just train the little kids at first on the rules it should flow right.


I do know at least 3 posters on here that need a friend very very bad lol.
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Old 12-30-2014, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Ono Island, Orange Beach, AL
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Have there been any train-car incidents today? I would be surprised if there was not at least one knuckle headed driver out there trying to prove something....
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Old 12-30-2014, 02:25 PM
 
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More Coverage & Slide show: Atlanta Streetcar takes inaugural ride (SLIDESHOW) - Atlanta Business Chronicle
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Old 12-30-2014, 02:47 PM
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Have there been any train-car incidents today? I would be surprised if there was not at least one knuckle headed driver out there trying to prove something....
My route to and from work runs along the streetcar tracks. Every day, I see numerous people walking right into the street with no regard for vehicle traffic. I wouldn't be surprised if there's a Streetcar/Pedestrian collision soon. I also wouldn't be surprised if the crackheads that loiter in the middle of Auburn Ave start getting flattened.
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Old 12-30-2014, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Ono Island, Orange Beach, AL
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My route to and from work runs along the streetcar tracks. Every day, I see numerous people walking right into the street with no regard for vehicle traffic. I wouldn't be surprised if there's a Streetcar/Pedestrian collision soon. I also wouldn't be surprised if the crackheads that loiter in the middle of Auburn Ave start getting flattened.
Evolution at work!
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Old 12-30-2014, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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My daughter and I for on the first public-open streetcar. It was packed and everyone jad fun. Seeing the pedestrians faces was priceless. The cars are smooth, clean, and quicker than what corndog predicted. Each stop is announced, with nearby destinations as well. I am disappointed the streetcar shuts down NYE at 6pm.
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Old 12-30-2014, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Ono Island, Orange Beach, AL
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Wonder it is going to close at 6???
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Old 12-30-2014, 04:17 PM
 
Location: In your feelings
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I took a ride today, actually a couple of rides. My impressions: The streetcar is popular. Obviously we won't know for months what demand is like for the Streetcar under normal conditions, and with fares in place. But there were about 20 times the number of people riding this afternoon than I expected. My plan was to wait until 3pm because I figured everyone who came to the grand opening would have rode and gotten tired of it by then. But the streetcars were packed. I saw senior citizens riding and listened to one reminisce about riding them as a child in Atlanta 50 years ago. I saw college students, tourists, families, and one guy who proclaimed himself to be a "transit geek." I saw the British guy from the Peachtree Center MARTA video on Youtube. I waited on the platform behind a group of tourists who had no idea it was the first day of operation, and couldn't believe A) Atlanta had a streetcar, B) it was free, and C) it was packed.

I rode it from Peachtree Center to the Curb Market. It was my first time there, and they were clearly benefiting from the new influx of visitors. The restaurants that close between lunch and dinner are going to want to start rethinking that strategy on the weekends and holidays. The recording announces what's at each stop and I was surprised at the number of significant places newly served by rail transit. People like to moan about it only being 2.7 miles, but those are really important miles. Aside from a couple of stops that were nearly empty (Dobbs Plaza, Park Place) there were lots of people getting on and off at each stop.

The negatives, dedicated to Corndog: It's slow, largely because it clearly does not have signal priority. (Yet, I hope?) I made the loop in 40 minutes. I suck at math but that's less than 5 miles per hour. It's definitely still faster than walking -- not that I would walk this entire route, ever -- but it's definitely not faster than driving. The attraction if you have a car is not having to deal with the hassle and cost of traffic and parking. And I'm going to use it for exactly that reason. I really hope the signal priority they described starts working, or starts working better than it is now, because the vast majority of the time spent in the car was spent sitting in traffic. And the 15 minute headways are brutal when you're sitting at a streetcar stop, which are right on or in the street surrounded by traffic. Especially compared to MARTA, which was running trains every 5 minutes today (and was also packed).

The people riding seemed to be genuinely excited. Young people who I'd expect to be above it all were taking selfies on board. The older people seemed to really enjoy it, especially the ones who are used to riding buses (though they seemed bewildered by the number of people on board). I've been saying for a while that I thought they knew what they were doing when they chose this route for the first phase. I think experience will bear that out; people are going to have reasons to ride this thing, and as soon as they do, they're going to want more of them... particularly on the Beltline where there isn't so much goddamn traffic. Also, I heard like 5 people say they couldn't believe it wasn't running all night on new year's eve. They really blew that one.

Overall though the thing is nice, a lot nicer than I expected. And I'm going to have fun exploring the places I can get to more easily now. I just hope they speed it up and add more streetcars to the road.
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Old 12-30-2014, 04:50 PM
 
Location: City of Trees
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I rode the streetcar without the police escort, in normal traffic, and the people getting on and off looked
thrilled. I feel sad for anyone not excited about this crucial first step.
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Old 12-30-2014, 04:57 PM
 
Location: East Side of ATL
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Thanks for the report, magnetar.
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