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Old 04-03-2015, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I plan on going alot of places this weekend. And I will be using my MARTA Breeze Card and leaving my car at home.
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Old 04-03-2015, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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A lot.
It seems like Dallas has an impressively extensive light rail system. However, it has pretty pathetic ridership for how many route miles it covers. Makes you wonder if it is simply because of the culture of Dallas or if there is something wrong with the LRT (doesn't go the right places, has too-long headways, or its service is unreliable)?

If it is just the culture, then who cares if nobody takes the LRT if it is effective. Might actually be nice to be able to get a seat on a train. If there is something wrong with the LRT itself, it sort of cancels out the extensiveness of DART.

It seems with Atlanta that MARTA goes most of the important places, and being an HRT it is obviously more time-efficient than DART.
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Old 04-03-2015, 10:46 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I wouldn't advise either but if you have to choose, Atlanta will be slightly easier.
Atlanta will have the more walkable districts but Dallas has more walkable options. In Atlanta you need to be intown and along a rail line to take full advantage. Dallas is flatter and has more of a grid layout with more sidewalks.

Neither city has a truly reliable transit system. MARTA is hardly the seamless tool that the locals would like you to believe it is, but it is better than DART for getting around the core.
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Old 04-03-2015, 10:51 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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It seems like Dallas has an impressively extensive light rail system. However, it has pretty pathetic ridership for how many route miles it covers. Makes you wonder if it is simply because of the culture of Dallas or if there is something wrong with the LRT (doesn't go the right places, has too-long headways, or its service is unreliable)?

If it is just the culture, then who cares if nobody takes the LRT if it is effective. Might actually be nice to be able to get a seat on a train. If there is something wrong with the LRT itself, it sort of cancels out the extensiveness of DART.

It seems with Atlanta that MARTA goes most of the important places, and being an HRT it is obviously more time-efficient than DART.
Yeah when the trains are working the way they're supposed to. Not single tracking or sitting at one station for 20 minutes.

The only folks who think MARTA is awesome are those who never had to use it as their PMOT.
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Old 04-03-2015, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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Yeah when the trains are working the way they're supposed to. Not single tracking or sitting at one station for 20 minutes.

The only folks who think MARTA is awesome are those who never had to use it as their PMOT.
Which system has single tracking?
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Old 04-03-2015, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Austell, Georgia
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Which system has single tracking?
Sometimes Marta has single tracking when maintenance is being done. This occurs mostly on Sunday mornings or overnight hours past 1am.
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Old 04-04-2015, 12:14 PM
 
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Which system has single tracking?
Every system in USA
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Old 04-05-2015, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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It seems like Dallas has an impressively extensive light rail system. However, it has pretty pathetic ridership for how many route miles it covers. Makes you wonder if it is simply because of the culture of Dallas or if there is something wrong with the LRT (doesn't go the right places, has too-long headways, or its service is unreliable)?

If it is just the culture, then who cares if nobody takes the LRT if it is effective. Might actually be nice to be able to get a seat on a train. If there is something wrong with the LRT itself, it sort of cancels out the extensiveness of DART.

It seems with Atlanta that MARTA goes most of the important places, and being an HRT it is obviously more time-efficient than DART.
MARTA can sometimes **** you off with the single tracking, and delayed trains, but it's far superior to anything south of DC.
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Old 04-08-2015, 11:08 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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MARTA can sometimes **** you off with the single tracking, and delayed trains, but it's far superior to anything south of DC.
Hmm, I suppose it's relative.
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Old 04-08-2015, 12:29 PM
 
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Hmm, I suppose it's relative.
What other HRT system south of DC is superior?
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