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Old 04-11-2017, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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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.
Actually it's 1.5%, but MARTA like all gov't agencies are required by law to go thru bidding process so that makes the task of printing arrival times more difficult and expensive. Instead a grassroots org can quickly implement and test the reaction to Operation TimelyTrip
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Old 04-11-2017, 11:28 AM
 
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Actually it's 1.5%, but MARTA like all gov't agencies are required by law to go thru bidding process so that makes the task of printing arrival times more difficult and expensive. Instead a grassroots org can quickly implement and test the reaction to Operation TimelyTrip
Not only do you accept the crap sandwich you are being fed, but you embrace it.

That is pathetic.
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Old 04-11-2017, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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Not only do you accept the crap sandwich you are being fed, but you embrace it.

That is pathetic.
Better than the crap corndog you choke down
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Old 04-11-2017, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Prescott, AZ
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Not only do you accept the crap sandwich you are being fed, but you embrace it.

That is pathetic.
And how, pray tell, would you realistically change the federal and state bidding requirements to overcome the issues that prevent MARTA from 'acting quickly'?

Really, though, that's only part of it. As I explained earlier, MARTA is already working to replace the entire signage system across the bus network. All 8000+ stops.

MARTA isn't the one putting up schedules because they don't want to spend a bunch of time and money on something that will just be replaced when the whole system gets an overhaul. By making use of volunteers, not only does MARTA not need to go through the lengthy bidding process, but they're saving us all money too.
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Old 04-11-2017, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Decatur, GA
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Actually it's 1.5%, but MARTA like all gov't agencies are required by law to go thru bidding process so that makes the task of printing arrival times more difficult and expensive. Instead a grassroots org can quickly implement and test the reaction to Operation TimelyTrip
They don't have to bid to click File > Print on documents they already have.
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Old 04-11-2017, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Prescott, AZ
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They don't have to bid to click File > Print on documents they already have.
And they're doing so by supplying MARTA Army with the resource to do it without needing to pay for employees.
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Old 04-11-2017, 06:58 PM
 
Location: East Side of ATL
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I'd hold MikeHoncho's hand, offer him a corndog, and show him how to purchase a BreezeCard.
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Old 04-12-2017, 07:33 AM
 
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He's kind of right. While it's nice that people are stepping up to fill a gap...why is there a gap to be filled? Maybe if MARTA wasn't wasting its time and money on things like art, and even WiFi (yes, this is a luxury) they could do the job that we're paying them to do instead of having to rely on unpaid volunteers.
You're being overly critical in this case. The Marta army is necessary because of large influx of new riders caused by external events. I often see riders get help from a Marta employee but surely you aren't suggesting that Marta should be staffed all the time for an event such as this? There's just going to be a learning curve with anything new such as this and there is just no way around it.

The biggest issue with a new Marta rider is purchase the Breeze card which can be confusing and time consuming. Apart from a total redesign of the kiosk, no amount of signage could make this part of the process smoother.
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