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Old 05-23-2016, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Decatur, GA
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Funny, I was just thinking about Gangway style cars for MARTA a day or so ago myself. I actually think an A-B-B-A set of cars would do nicely for MARTA, either expanding to 8-cars systemwide, or ordering sets of those plus traditional married pairs (still with gangways though) for 6-car trains and the Bankhead branch. Hopefully whatever is ordered has a better "cruise control" than the current trains that inch up to the speed limit, then practically dump the air dropping speed down as much as 8mph below the limit.
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Old 05-23-2016, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek area
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Funny, I was just thinking about Gangway style cars for MARTA a day or so ago myself. I actually think an A-B-B-A set of cars would do nicely for MARTA, either expanding to 8-cars systemwide, or ordering sets of those plus traditional married pairs (still with gangways though) for 6-car trains and the Bankhead branch. Hopefully whatever is ordered has a better "cruise control" than the current trains that inch up to the speed limit, then practically dump the air dropping speed down as much as 8mph below the limit.
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Old 05-23-2016, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Prescott, AZ
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I know MTA is giving articulated subway trains a try, and wonder if MARTA could get pairs with open gangways?

Hopefully MARTA's upgraded control systems will help the trains' smooth travel, and maybe newer trains will have better systems?
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Old 05-24-2016, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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MARTA upgraded its bus fleet Monday, rolling out 18 “bendy” buses to serve its more heavily traveled routes.

The 60-foot buses run on compressed natural gas and feature Wi-Fi, onboard cameras and even automatic signalization technology designed to minimize red lights.


“This bus will put us in the forefront of bus technology anywhere in the world,” MARTA General Manager and CEO Keith Parker said during a ribbon-cutting ceremony outside MARTA’s Five Points station.
Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell recalled that MARTA used a more low-tech version of the big buses – known alternately as “accordion,” “Slinky” or “caterpillar” buses – when the city hosted the Olympic Games in 1996. He said the new buses are just one sign of the progress MARTA has been making in recent years toward becoming a “world-class” transit system.

Parker said the agency also has plans to replace every train in the system during the next five years and improve onboard safety by adding cameras to every bus and train.

“We want to make it so safe on MARTA it would be the dumbest place in the entire Atlanta region to commit a crime,” he said.

Each of the new buses costs $845,000. The buses have up to 56 seats with standing room for up to 67 additional passengers.

The vehicles were manufactured by New Flyer Industries Inc., which is based in Canada and has manufacturing plants in the U.S.
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Old 05-24-2016, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Prescott, AZ
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I still have a hard time understanding the need to replace every rail-car in the fleet, unless Kieth includes mid-life overhauls as replacing. The CQ-112s just don't need it... I think.

MARTA was upgrading it's signal control system, and may be looking for trains to take advantage of that? I wonder if the newer trains MARTA has can... or could with the overhaul.
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Old 05-26-2016, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Prescott, AZ
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MARTA Deploys 18 Long-Ass Buses for Popular Routes | Curbed


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MARTA has beefed up its on-street fleet and deployed some seriously long-ass buses for the first time in ages.

This week, MARTA held a ribbon-cutting at Five Points to debut its new roster of 18 articulated buses — aka "bendy" buses — to complement the 565 regular MARTA buses currently cruising the city, Atlanta INtown reports. They're about 20 feet longer than current MARTA busses.

At a cost of $845,000 a pop, the buses boast an accordion-like feature that allows for an expanded interior and much greater capacity. Each articulated bus can haul about 100 people — 53 seated and up to 50 standing. All are Wi-Fi enabled.

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Old 05-26-2016, 05:15 PM
 
Location: NW Atlanta
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I still have a hard time understanding the need to replace every rail-car in the fleet, unless Kieth includes mid-life overhauls as replacing. The CQ-112s just don't need it... I think.

MARTA was upgrading it's signal control system, and may be looking for trains to take advantage of that? I wonder if the newer trains MARTA has can... or could with the overhaul.
The CQ-312s won't be replaced anytime soon.
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Old 05-26-2016, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Prescott, AZ
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The CQ-312s won't be replaced anytime soon.

I'd be very surprised too. Again, I suspect Kieth just means that they'll be going in for their mid-life overhaul.
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Old 05-26-2016, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Prescott, AZ
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So, just wanna say that, I totally called it.

In his interview with Denis O'Hayer, CEO Parker talked for a brief moment about the Clayton County commuter rail and how it would tie into the regional network (18-19 min mark), and he says that it will be built in such a way that would allow a route from Macon, should one be built, to tie directly into it.

That's the exact kind of thing I've (and a few others here) been pushing and talking about with expanding MARTA commuter rail here in the core metro to accept something like GRTA commuter trains on MARTA tracks.


Also, he mentioned things about MARTA looking to get into the bike share and autonomous car businesses! Exciting and interesting. We'll see how that goes, and if it goes anywhere.
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Old 05-27-2016, 12:32 AM
 
Location: Vinings
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So, just wanna say that, I totally called it.

In his interview with Denis O'Hayer, CEO Parker talked for a brief moment about the Clayton County commuter rail and how it would tie into the regional network (18-19 min mark), and he says that it will be built in such a way that would allow a route from Macon, should one be built, to tie directly into it.

That's the exact kind of thing I've (and a few others here) been pushing and talking about with expanding MARTA commuter rail here in the core metro to accept something like GRTA commuter trains on MARTA tracks.


Also, he mentioned things about MARTA looking to get into the bike share and autonomous car businesses! Exciting and interesting. We'll see how that goes, and if it goes anywhere.
The most interesting thing here, and totally new to me, is what he said at around 19:50. "When we eventually have service to Doraville..."

He seems to be talking about MARTA building out commuter rail on that railroad corridor. So that would run thru Brookwood, Atlantic Station, Westside. And then it would be ready to go to be adapted to Gwinnett.
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