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Old 02-25-2008, 10:45 AM
 
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I need to know is the MARTA a major part of transportation like the subways trains and buses are a major part of the Northeast transportation system.

Does it extend to Alpharetta and Cumming?
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Old 02-25-2008, 10:48 AM
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NO is the answer to all those questions.
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Old 02-25-2008, 10:49 AM
 
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No, it doesn't extend to Alpharetta or Cumming- the furthest north it goes is to the station near Exit 5 on 400 (Sandy Springs).

As far it being "utilitized to the fullest", I guess that's a subjective question- there's plenty of room on most of the trains, so I'd say it's not "utilitized to the fullest"- it ought to be standing room only, right?
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Old 02-25-2008, 10:58 AM
 
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At certain times of the day it should be standing room only.

Even subway systems like DC's Metro isn't standing room only all day, just during rush hours and social hours.

And MARTA (at least the east-west line) can get that way, at least in the morning rush hour...

But, sadly, MARTA is currently an inadequate rail system. We can only hope for improvement...
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Old 02-25-2008, 12:41 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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MARTA's interactive map can be found here: MARTA - Map Viewer (broken link) where you can drag it around, zoom in, etc.

By the way, it's just "MARTA" and not "the" MARTA by locals.
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Old 02-25-2008, 12:56 PM
 
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I'm local and I call it the MARTA. A lot of people do...and a lot don't. Call it whatever you want.

People who come from areas like DC have the Metro and they get used to putting the word "the" in front.

It's not a big deal.
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Old 02-25-2008, 01:05 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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I'm local and I call it the MARTA. A lot of people do...and a lot don't. Call it whatever you want.

People who come from areas like DC have the Metro and they get used to putting the word "the" in front.

It's not a big deal.
Their sentences usually also sound like, "I be goin' on the MARTA", too. "the" having been added unnessisarily like "be" in slang-speak. I've actually had MARTA employees tell me over the years that for whatever reason they HATE that. It's officially just "MARTA" when making reference to it.

Hey, I could care less if they call it FRED - I'm just saying, according to MARTA folks, there isn't a "the" in front when making reference to it. LOL
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Old 02-25-2008, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Orange, California
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I need to know is the MARTA a major part of transportation like the subways trains and buses are a major part of the Northeast transportation system.

Does it extend to Alpharetta and Cumming?
MARTA is one of the most under-utilized major city subway systems in the country. Sadly, it seems to be an afterthought for the great majority of metro Atlanta commuters. This is in sharp contrast to Washington DC where it seems EVERYONE wants to take the Metro to work if you live close to (or especially in) the city and you pay a premium to live or rent a home near a Metro station.
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Old 02-25-2008, 01:29 PM
 
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I'm not so sure the answer is yes. Compared to most N. east systems MARTA has poor ridership but compared to light rail systems in places like Houston, Denver, Seattle, etc. MARTA ridership is actually pretty high. I know plenty of people frequently use MARTA. I myself use whenever convienient. That being said, I also know it's an impractical system to many people that live far from it's stations and especially when your destination is nowhere near a station.
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Old 02-25-2008, 01:32 PM
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I need to know is the MARTA a major part of transportation like the subways trains and buses are a major part of the Northeast transportation system.

Does it extend to Alpharetta and Cumming?
If it was utilized to its fullest it would extend out to Paulding County, but no. I think I will end here because I get pissed off to easily.
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