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View Poll Results: Which city is better?
Atlanta 32 64.00%
Seattle 18 36.00%
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Old 09-13-2015, 05:29 AM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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I've lived in both. As someone who has relied on both systems for regular transport, I can tell you this isn't even remotely close. Don't let the lack of heavy rail fool you - Seattle blows Atlanta out of the water - and this is comparing mid 90s Seattle to 2010s Atlanta. I can only imagine Seattle's public transportation has improved in the past 20 years.
Any examples/sources to back up your claim? Last time I was there, the majority of folks were backed up on I-5
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Old 09-13-2015, 05:41 AM
 
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Any examples/sources to back up your claim? Last time I was there, the majority of folks were backed up on I-5
I was referring to public transit only -- after rereading the original post, perhaps I should have taken travel by personal vehicles into account too. That's a different discussion I suppose.

When it comes to just public transportation though, alll of my evidence is just anecdotal. I was going to buy a car when I moved to Seattle, but after a few days of using its bus system, I realized I didn't need to. You have excellent convenient access to pretty much anywhere you want to go in the city and even good access to many suburban areas with just the bus. Buses make multiple stops an hour in the busiest parts of the city. The main bus station downtown feels more like a train station - huge hub with connections everywhere.

Atlanta does have MARTA, which is great, but there are way too many need-to-go places not connected or that only have very poor bus access to consider living there car free. For hard evidence, I suppose you can refer to CrazyDonkey's link -- Seattle has the 12th most used public transit system in the country. Atlanta is number 45. There's a reason why so many more people use Seattle's system ... it's definitely superior. Heavy rail is great, but it loses a lot of its edge if it doesn't connect the major parts of the city and/or the bus system that complements it is lacking.

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Old 09-13-2015, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Valdosta (Atlanta Native)
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Seattle's bus system provides 500,000 thousand trips on an avg weekday, not including transfers. Seattle's bus system includes king county metro, pierce transit, Everett transit, community transit, and sound transit. Per capita, this has to be considerably more than Atlanta's overall system.
Thanks for listing the Seattle area transit authorities. For the point of discussion I will list the Atlanta ones. MARTA (Bus and Heavy Rail), CCT (Bus in Cobb County), GCT (Bus in Gwinnett County), GRTA (Commuter Bus, Park and Rides).
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Old 09-13-2015, 10:02 AM
 
Location: City of Atlanta
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I was referring to public transit only -- after rereading the original post, perhaps I should have taken travel by personal vehicles into account too. That's a different discussion I suppose.

When it comes to just public transportation though, alll of my evidence is just anecdotal. I was going to buy a car when I moved to Seattle, but after a few days of using its bus system, I realized I didn't need to. You have excellent convenient access to pretty much anywhere you want to go in the city and even good access to many suburban areas with just the bus. Buses make multiple stops an hour in the busiest parts of the city. The main bus station downtown feels more like a train station - huge hub with connections everywhere.

Atlanta does have MARTA, which is great, but there are way too many need-to-go places not connected or that only have very poor bus access to consider living there car free. For hard evidence, I suppose you can refer to CrazyDonkey's link -- Seattle has the 12th most used public transit system in the country. Atlanta is number 45. There's a reason why so many more people use Seattle's system ... it's definitely superior. Heavy rail is great, but it loses a lot of its edge if it doesn't connect the major parts of the city and/or the bus system that complements it is lacking.
...it does

I do wish MARTA's bus service was as robust as Seattle's.
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