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Old 03-16-2015, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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Looks like someone from GRTA visited NYC and saw how their commuter bus service operated and want to implement here in Atlanta.

The bus service to the airport 7 days a week is a huge step.

Now, if they add service on the weekends for the various events that take place downtown, they might be able to get some increased ridership that way as well.
Did they not stop to look at the subway or commuter rail?
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Old 03-16-2015, 01:11 PM
 
Location: In your feelings
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I don't even know why GRTA exists. And what's the thing about "luxury coach" -- is this transit for rich people?
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Old 03-16-2015, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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I don't even know why GRTA exists. And what's the thing about "luxury coach" -- is this transit for rich people?
Mostly upper middle class. The average rider's income is higher than the metro median.
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Old 03-16-2015, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Decatur, GA
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Mostly upper middle class. The average rider's income is higher than the metro median.
Good grief man, I know you hate the suburbs, but there's no reason for this!

magnetar, when they say "luxury coach" they're simply saying a cushioned seat on a bus with better suspension. That's really it, XPress buses also just happen to have reading lights and individual air vents at the seats, which are certainly nice, but aren't really required to rise to the definition of "luxury coach" especially when compared to the standard urban bus. The motorcoaches also aren't designed for rapid entry/exit with narrow aisles, all seats facing forward, and only one door to enter/exit through which means they are for point to point routes with long distances between stops rather than picking up and dropping off at various places along the way.
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Old 03-16-2015, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Just outside of McDonough, Georgia
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I don't even know why GRTA exists.
Gov. Roy Barnes established the agency in the late 1990s to act as the operator of all metro Atlanta transit. The original plan was to have GRTA gradually take over responsibility for mass transit from MARTA, CCT, GCT, CATS, and so on. After Gov. Barnes bit the dust in the 2002 GOP takeover, Sonny Perdue gutted those plans, but GRTA was kept as the feeble commuter bus operator you see today.

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Old 03-16-2015, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Prescott, AZ
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Originally Posted by PKCorey View Post
Looks like someone from GRTA visited NYC and saw how their commuter bus service operated and want to implement here in Atlanta.

The bus service to the airport 7 days a week is a huge step.

Now, if they add service on the weekends for the various events that take place downtown, they might be able to get some increased ridership that way as well.
I honestly like GRTA. It's at least something damnit, and the buses seem to be doing pretty well. Everything I've heard of them has been 'full, full, full'. It's good to see that they're being used and are expanding.

Now, if only we could get the MMPT downtown so that GRTA had a proper place to set people off at instead of all over downtown.

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Gov. Roy Barnes established the agency in the late 1990s to act as the operator of all metro Atlanta transit. The original plan was to have GRTA gradually take over responsibility for mass transit from MARTA, CCT, GCT, CATS, and so on. After Gov. Barnes bit the dust in the 2002 GOP takeover, Sonny Perdue gutted those plans, but GRTA was kept as the feeble commuter bus operator you see today.

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I'm a little skeptical about consolidating ALL the agencies in the region, though I wouldn't mind GRTA taking lead at region-wide expansion. Hopefully every agency involved will be able to work together for smooth cooperation. (yeah, yeah, we'll see)
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Old 03-16-2015, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Just outside of McDonough, Georgia
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I'm a little skeptical about consolidating ALL the agencies in the region, though I wouldn't mind GRTA taking lead at region-wide expansion. Hopefully every agency involved will be able to work together for smooth cooperation. (yeah, yeah, we'll see)
Well, there's a website now! Gasp in awe at the "progress" they've made!

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Old 03-16-2015, 06:01 PM
 
Location: East Side of ATL
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Did they not stop to look at the subway or commuter rail?
Wrong agency, I would guess but it's a possibility.
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Old 03-16-2015, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Decatur, GA
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Wrong agency, I would guess but it's a possibility.
Not really on the commuter rail. Though MARTA isn't barred from operating commuter rail as shown by Clayton County, lines outside the MARTA service area could be operated by GRTA.
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Old 03-16-2015, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Prescott, AZ
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Well, there's a website now! Gasp in awe at the "progress" they've made!

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- skbl17
Oh man! Such to do!

I'm diggin the maps though! Hopefully they'll make it all a little more aesthetically pleasing and user friendly! The fact that we even have an 'all in one' map is a huge step though! (as sad as that is to say)

They're missing the streetcar...

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Not really on the commuter rail. Though MARTA isn't barred from operating commuter rail as shown by Clayton County, lines outside the MARTA service area could be operated by GRTA.
Maybe GRTA can buy out the commuter rail from MARTA once it's in place? MARTA can take the money and use it to help fund HRT in the core then. GDOT does have that area slotted for their commuter rail, whenever they get around to it.
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