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Old 09-04-2015, 01:21 PM
 
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For Clayton (or Henry or Fayette) residents who haven't tried MARTA since its Clayton debut in this year. On Sept. 7 (Labor Day) MARTA is inviting everyone to ride its trains and buses at no charge. This is to say thanks to loyal riders, and to introduce MARTA to new customers. So, jump on a bus and go to either the College Park or East Point station and catch the train for the airport, downtown, midtown, Decatur, or wherever the train goes. If you haven't tried MARTA yet, this would be an easy way give it a try. It is my understanding that the system will run on a Sunday schedule.
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Old 09-06-2015, 08:54 AM
 
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sad, no one replied to this post.

cause no one wants to try marta, even when its FREE..

public transportation in atlanta sucks. (unless youre going to a braves, hawks game, or AIRPORT, and you LIVE exactly within walking distance of a station also).

heck even marta buses try to RUN down bike riders on the streets.
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Old 09-06-2015, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Just outside of McDonough, Georgia
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sad, no one replied to this post.

cause no one wants to try marta, even when its FREE..

public transportation in atlanta sucks. (unless youre going to a braves, hawks game, or AIRPORT, and you LIVE exactly within walking distance of a station also).

heck even marta buses try to RUN down bike riders on the streets.
1) Then why is ridership increasing (see below)? If "no one wanted to try MARTA", shouldn't ridership be, oh I don't know, GOING DOWN? Plus, shouldn't we actually WAIT for Monday before we start making claims about MARTA ridership on a fare-free day?

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Originally Posted by 2014 APTA report
Bus: 204,900 (+2.77%)
Rail: 232,100 (+2.29%)
Paratransit: 2,000 (+0.59%)
Total: 438,900 (+2.50%)
(The full report is here.)

2) Yes, public transit in Atlanta isn't the best. A combination of sprawl, low density, lack of regionalism, past MARTA mismanagement, and transit-averse politics will do that. Even then, while MARTA rail doesn't serve every attraction in metro Atlanta (Stone Mountain, Six Flags, Turner Field - even though there are specific MARTA shuttles to the latter two places,) they do manage to serve many of them (Lenox, Perimeter, Philips Arena, the Georgia Dome, GWCC, AmericasMart, High Museum, and the Airport, just to name a few) despite its limited coverage and resources.

3) Wow, this seems like a crazy claim. "MARTA buses try to run down bike riders"? Got any proof for that?

- skbl17

Last edited by skbl17; 09-06-2015 at 02:14 PM..
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Old 09-07-2015, 01:33 PM
 
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I did the free MARTA ride to see how it compares to a regular day. There were more riders, many riding for the first time since service started in Clayton County. The bus ride from Morrow to the East Point station was a breeze. The trip on the train to downtown was also easy and quick. Two couples said they would definitely be taking MARTA more often. One man commented that he had no idea how easy it was to ride. Another commented that he felt perfectly safe.
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Old 09-07-2015, 06:51 PM
 
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I did the free MARTA ride to see how it compares to a regular day. There were more riders, many riding for the first time since service started in Clayton County. The bus ride from Morrow to the East Point station was a breeze. The trip on the train to downtown was also easy and quick. Two couples said they would definitely be taking MARTA more often. One man commented that he had no idea how easy it was to ride. Another commented that he felt perfectly safe.
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Old 09-07-2015, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I did the free ride as well but I'm a daily rider....two 196 buses were full to capacity headed to College Park Station so they just left people stranded for about two hours....thankfully I was just able to ride the 191 and go to international terminal
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Old 09-08-2015, 05:23 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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sad, no one replied to this post.

cause no one wants to try marta, even when its FREE..

public transportation in atlanta sucks. (unless youre going to a braves, hawks game, or AIRPORT, and you LIVE exactly within walking distance of a station also).

heck even marta buses try to RUN down bike riders on the streets.
I doubt bus drivers purposely put their CDL at risk.
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Old 09-08-2015, 05:45 AM
 
Location: Georgia
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I was taking someone to the airport yesterday and passed by a bus on Camp Creek that was full to bursting. Like....people standing front-to-back with each other. I was wondering what on Earth was going on, then quickly remembered that it was a free day. A LOT of people took advantage of it. Unfortunately so did a bunch of unruly teens:

http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/m...ta-fights.html

I'm really PO'd they did such a senseless thing. There must be more to the story, but of course, they're saying the teens took advantage of the free rides. Just more ammo for the suburbanites who claim MARTA brings crime. SMH
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Old 09-08-2015, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Orange Blossom Trail
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sad, no one replied to this post.

cause no one wants to try marta, even when its FREE..

public transportation in atlanta sucks. (unless youre going to a braves, hawks game, or AIRPORT, and you LIVE exactly within walking distance of a station also).

heck even marta buses try to RUN down bike riders on the streets.
ehoez what are talking about there was a mini FREAKNIK riot downtown due to all the wild kids riding that day. Its in the news.
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Old 09-09-2015, 12:09 PM
 
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sad, no one replied to this post.

cause no one wants to try marta, even when its FREE..

public transportation in atlanta sucks. (unless youre going to a braves, hawks game, or AIRPORT, and you LIVE exactly within walking distance of a station also).

heck even marta buses try to RUN down bike riders on the streets.
Isn't it like this everywhere? If you don't live within walking distance of a station public transit usually sucks.
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