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Old 03-09-2015, 12:55 PM
 
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It is pretty impressive that MARTA's daily ridership is about the same as the CoA's population.
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Old 03-09-2015, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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Great news for MARTA! Yes, 439,000 isn't the best, but considering the fact that ridership (on all modes, no less) is up and MARTA remains in the top 8 of transit systems in the country, it's pretty good. With the arrival of TODs in the next few years, the addition of Clayton County, and growing metro-wide acceptance of the agency, the future seems bright.

Here's to hoping ridership goes up and up and up!

- skbl17
Still more ridership than any single section of freeway in Atlanta.
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Old 03-09-2015, 02:27 PM
 
Location: ITP - City of Atlanta Proper
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Great news for MARTA! Yes, 439,000 isn't the best, but considering the fact that ridership (on all modes, no less) is up and MARTA remains in the top 8 of transit systems in the country, it's pretty good.
I wouldn't add the "it isn't the best" disclaimer at all. Considering the amount of flack Atlanta gets for transit, being #8 in the US and #11 on the continent is nothing at all to discount. It's quite remarkable actually.
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Old 03-09-2015, 06:55 PM
 
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Did you read the article? Both HRT and LRT systems were mentioned.
I simply asked a question.
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Old 03-10-2015, 10:34 AM
 
Location: In your feelings
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Smart analysis here, I think:

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The fact that this increase happened during a year that saw a *decrease* in gasoline prices is telling. Despite the lower cost of fueling cars, people are embracing public transportation. The implication is that transit ridership may not be tied to the ups and downs of fuel costs; instead, its use could grow on in a sustainable way that transcends the variations in gas prices.
National report: MARTA rail ridership is up
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Old 03-10-2015, 03:17 PM
 
Location: ITP - City of Atlanta Proper
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Smart analysis here, I think:



National report: MARTA rail ridership is up
I think the key here is that MARTA, the City and developers have been making the right moves the last few years. The first no brainer was shortening headways and adding back bus routes. Next was making it easy for companies and developers to build near transit.

As Clayco and the new streetcars come online, we should see a huge increase in usage over the next 10 to 15 years. Hopefully this will be the catalyst to get Gwinnett and Cobb on board (doubt it).
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Old 03-10-2015, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Just outside of McDonough, Georgia
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I think the key here is that MARTA, the City and developers have been making the right moves the last few years. The first no brainer was shortening headways and adding back bus routes. Next was making it easy for companies and developers to build near transit.

As Clayco and the new streetcars come online, we should see a huge increase in usage over the next 10 to 15 years. Hopefully this will be the catalyst to get Gwinnett and Cobb on board (doubt it).
I think that Cobb has an even bigger hurdle than Gwinnett in joining MARTA, because they have never approved MARTA in a vote. For Cobb to join, I think it would require two referendums (or one referendum with two questions): one to join and one to implement the 1% sales tax. Gwinnett approved MARTA back in the late 1960s, but didn't pass the tax (much like Clayton).

- skbl17
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Old 04-14-2015, 12:29 PM
 
Location: O4W
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I wish Marta would expand the Bankhead line. They need to make the Bankhead station able to fit a full size 8 rail car. Marta looks so bootleg running 2 rail cars
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Old 04-14-2015, 01:13 PM
 
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Great news for MARTA! Yes, 439,000 isn't the best, but considering the fact that ridership (on all modes, no less) is up and MARTA remains in the top 8 of transit systems in the country, it's pretty good. With the arrival of TODs in the next few years, the addition of Clayton County, and growing metro-wide acceptance of the agency, the future seems bright.

Here's to hoping ridership goes up and up and up!

- skbl17

It really is impressive that Atlanta is in the top 10. I thought for sure Denver RTD and SF BART moved more people than us, but that is apparently not the case. Although BART isn't really a good comparison, since there are 3 different agencies covering all their modes of transportation. I really expected RTD to be doing more than we do.
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Old 04-14-2015, 02:18 PM
 
Location: City of Atlanta
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It really is impressive that Atlanta is in the top 10. I thought for sure Denver RTD and SF BART moved more people than us, but that is apparently not the case. Although BART isn't really a good comparison, since there are 3 different agencies covering all their modes of transportation. I really expected RTD to be doing more than we do.
Denver metro is half the size. They would need a massive percentage of transit commuters to compete with Atlanta on number of riders.
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