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Old 04-10-2017, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Prescott, AZ
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That's why I said "kind of." I strongly disagree with his characterization of the people as "losers" but the question seriously needs to be raised, why do we NEED the MARTA Army?
Because they are a stop gap, and a group to 'pad out' MARTA's own efforts.

MARTA is actively working on replacing the entire system's signage with the unified bus signage that they codeveloped with the ARC. It is no small task to organize the replacement of some 8000 bus stops and their signage. It is no small task to do so while organizing with three other agencies to do the same, so that they can share a manufacturer. Especially while in the middle of rearranging so many routes as per the Comprehensive Operations Analysis.

The schedules, which are funded by MARTA in the first place, and waste baskets from the Army, are there as an in between while MARTA gets the much bigger-picture project put together.

And then the Army shows its usefulness as a sort of auxiliary force to help MARTA in times of emergency by providing simple assistance to first-time riders. That frees up MARTA employees to attend to other things while devoting resources where they may most be needed.


I disagree rather fully with your characterization that MARTA is somehow side-stepping its duties by making use of, and funding an all volunteer force to fill gaps, that the agency itself acknowledges, while working on the more permanent solutions.

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Old 04-10-2017, 07:27 PM
 
Location: NW Atlanta
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Yes, I'll take time from my day to go down to some disgusting part of town to inform these losers that they are losers.
Yeah, you should. Maybe you'll actually learn something for once instead of continuing to spout that disgusting ignorance you've shown on this board.

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You seem to be very sensitive to this subject. Are you one of these losers?
No, but I support them, and if that makes me a "loser" to people like you, I'll wear it as a badge of honor. And if people volunteering tweaks you that much, maybe you should go see a shrink about that.
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Old 04-10-2017, 09:08 PM
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Location: Atlanta
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Bravo, Gulch!

Post of the year so far...
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Old 04-10-2017, 09:10 PM
 
Location: City of Atlanta
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Losers help their communities.

Winners troll internet message boards.
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Old 04-11-2017, 06:25 AM
 
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Losers help their communities.

Winners troll internet message boards.
Enabling bad government is not helping the community.

This only allows inefficient government to continue. To help the community, they would demand their government do what they are paid to do.
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Old 04-11-2017, 06:31 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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What MARTA Army is more flexible than a larger gov't agency and can be a test-lab for MARTA. They can easily print maps with arrival times and get residents to 'adopt' stops much quicker than MARTA can go thru the procurement process. They can mobilize volunteers to help first-time MARTA users after a crucial, roadway network link collapses, without costing the agency millions in OT. Go and talk to riders, waiting on the bus. They'll tell you they appreciate Operation TimelyTrip that brought arrival schedules to adopted bus stops. That is MARTA Army at work.
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Old 04-11-2017, 06:35 AM
 
Location: Jonesboro
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Default MARTA army

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Yeah, you should. Maybe you'll actually learn something for once instead of continuing to spout that disgusting ignorance you've shown on this board.



No, but I support them, and if that makes me a "loser" to people like you, I'll wear it as a badge of honor. And if people volunteering tweaks you that much, maybe you should go see a shrink about that.



As an metro Atlantan who is a daily MARTA rider by choice, I thank you for your on point response here.
It's readily apparent in this thread who the real loser(s) are.
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Old 04-11-2017, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Orange Blossom Trail
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If people have the time to go to their nearest Marta station and hold peoples hands with the process than more power to them. Personally learning how to use Marta was one of the first things I learn how to do after moving here. If you live in the metro it is your responsibility to know how to navigate and get around. The means mass transit, expressways and back roads. Make an effort and learn how your city's logistics work. I would not call the volunteers losers, but the people who need this support are a little questionable.
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Old 04-11-2017, 06:55 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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If people have the time to go to their nearest Marta station and hold peoples hands with the process than more power to them. Personally learning how to use Marta was one of the first things I learn how to do after moving here. If you live in the metro it is your responsibility to know how to navigate and get around. The means mass transit, expressways and back roads. Make an effort and learn how your city's logistics work. I would not call the volunteers losers, but the people who need this support are a little questionable.
I'd hold MikeHoncho's hand, offer him a corndog, and show him how to purchase a BreezeCard.
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Old 04-11-2017, 06:59 AM
 
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What MARTA Army is more flexible than a larger gov't agency and can be a test-lab for MARTA. They can easily print maps with arrival times and get residents to 'adopt' stops much quicker than MARTA can go thru the procurement process. They can mobilize volunteers to help first-time MARTA users after a crucial, roadway network link collapses, without costing the agency millions in OT. Go and talk to riders, waiting on the bus. They'll tell you they appreciate Operation TimelyTrip that brought arrival schedules to adopted bus stops. That is MARTA Army at work.
Demand more from our government. Demand that they be able to act with more agility.

Printing arrival times and posting is too hard for them to do quickly?

It is pathetic that you don't expect this from a government agency collecting a 1+% tax on you. I guess some people are so beta they like the government abuse. Sad and pathetic.

Treat the root cause and make a difference. Instead these losers are treating a symptom and covering up for the failure of those in charge of their tax payments.
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