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View Poll Results: Please vote for the best rail outside N.E., Chicago, Bay
Atlanta 27 30.34%
Cleveland 7 7.87%
Dallas 6 6.74%
Denver 3 3.37%
Detroit 0 0%
Houston 1 1.12%
Jacksonville 0 0%
Kansas City 0 0%
Los Angeles 20 22.47%
Miami 1 1.12%
Minneapolis 1 1.12%
Orlando 0 0%
Pittsburgh 1 1.12%
Phoenix 1 1.12%
Portland 10 11.24%
Saint Louis 1 1.12%
Salt Lake 2 2.25%
San Diego 1 1.12%
Seattle 1 1.12%
Tampa 0 0%
Other 6 6.74%
Voters: 89. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 06-23-2009, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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Oh @#%! Greg! You had to bring up the infamous Soulja Girl . Oh well, there's probably one in your city too and there are certainly plenty of crazies like this on the NYC train lines let me tell you. But we aren't talking about them. Hey but I least she launched a dozen decent remix videos on youtube. Given thousands of bored folks out there something to watch.

And don't worry. Your ride on the MARTA is more likely to look like one of these videos than that one.

YouTube - MARTA: Airport to East Point

YouTube - MARTA - Arts Center Station to Lenox Station: Doraville Line(Hopefully minus the crying baby. Great view of Buckhead at end.)

LOLOLOL, when I saw that video, I laughed so hard. I thought my brain was going to burst. Then a couple of other times, I saw that it was kind of sad. Doesn't she have bipolar or something??
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Old 06-23-2009, 11:42 AM
 
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D.c.?
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Old 06-23-2009, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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D.c.?
I left it out because it's a poll for systems outside the Northeast. The Metro is nice though. Atlanta's system was basically designed based on it.
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Old 06-23-2009, 11:55 AM
 
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Yeah I know. I pointed out in my original post that the Bay Area's BART and other rail lines probably out do MARTA. But, the Bay Area is much larger than Atlanta. I believe MARTA is probably the King of systems among similar sized cities and L.A..
The Bay area has a larger population than metro Atlanta, but it isn't significantly larger. In terms of built-up area, Atlanta is much more expansive than Bay area, which is only large north to south, often built narrowly around the San Francisco Bay.
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Old 06-23-2009, 11:57 AM
 
Location: ATX-HOU
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MARTA's 450,000 ridership per day is for the entire system, buses included. Just the heavy rail has a ridership of ~250,000 per day and 5,300 riders per mile, which ranks the rail system as 7th in the nation.
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Old 06-23-2009, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Jersey City
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Yes, after New York, Chicago, The Bay area, DC, Philadelphia, and Boston: Atlanta is the best. Awesome!!!

Now, somebody give me my hat so I can leave.
ROFL

I'm pressin' charges.
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Old 06-23-2009, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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So true. It's even much more expensive for cities like Houston and Dallas to have a subway system because of our soil. Houston system is advancing (even though it's all light rail), but it's better nothing. I just wish they would've at least elevated the system.

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That maybe Houston's problem. It certainly is not Dallas problem. And soil actually does not stop Houston from building a subway system. It's cost. Amsterdam has worse soil problems than Houston and they have a heavy rail subway system. Simply it's this, the FTA is not approving any heavy rail systems because they are unbelievably expensive. The only heavy rail system expanding is DC's system and it's not hard to know why. Heavy rail is what DART and Metro want. Heavy rail is what DART and Metro cannot afford. Dallas was suppose to build a system in the 1970s and it would mirror Washington DC and Atlanta's system. But politics came into play there. Dallas light rail though outside of downtown is a rapid transit system. Houston's system is more of a glorified streetcar/tram system.

I think eventually these two cities will get heavy rail. But this will happen when the state gets off it's oil infacuation and the voters get some of these politicians out of office. I do believe that the state is heading in that direction. I do like what Houston is doing and the system is doing it's job. It's setting up the inner city and the more populated density wise of the city first. Then they are going to worry about the rest of the area. But for that to work, they need heavy rail. Houston is too big for them to use light rail all over the metro. It would be a mistake to expand light rail in the form that they have it or any form to IAH or to Katy or to Sugarland or to Pearland.
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Old 06-23-2009, 12:16 PM
 
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I left it out because it's a poll for systems outside the Northeast. The Metro is nice though. Atlanta's system was basically designed based on it.
The DC system laid its first track no more than two or three years before the MARTA system, as far as I can recall. Relatively speaking, both systems are the same age. The DC system is much larger.
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Old 06-23-2009, 12:18 PM
 
Location: West Seattle, WA
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L.A.'s Metro is better than Marta, just for being in Los Angeles.
Johnny, if you don't have anything constructive to add to the class discussion today, please go to the principal's office.
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Old 06-23-2009, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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MARTA's 450,000 ridership per day is for the entire system, buses included. Just the heavy rail has a ridership of ~250,000 per day and 5,300 riders per mile, which ranks the rail system as 7th in the nation.
I've read different figures on rail ridership but supposedly it's been way up since gas prices have recently risen. 7th place is about what I guessed. Behind New York, Philadelphia, Boston, D.C. (the East Coast Cities) and Chicago, San Francisco/Bay Area. But that puts it ahead of all the cities in the poll in ridership.
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