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Old 01-30-2014, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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Atlanta traffic sux on a Good day; I can't imagine adding snow to That.
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Old 01-30-2014, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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You say Atlanta has no alternative to driving, yet provide a link to an article from the MARTA website? LMAO. Apparently there's at least one alternative for some folks ... And no matter how many rail lines spring up, not everyone will live near one, even if they live in the city.
You must not have read the article, because it goes into detail about how MARTA is insufficient. I do think regional coordination was more to blame than sprawl, but it doesn't help that everyone was headed basically in the same direction - out of the city.
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Old 01-30-2014, 03:49 PM
 
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rail can shut down because of snow, too.

A First: The Snowstorm That Nearly Shut Down New York

Christopher Mullen was among countless stranded travelers trying to find a way out of Kennedy Airport. Soaking wet, he boarded a chilly city subway, only to get stuck onboard for eight hours, with gusts of wind shaking the train car.
2 inches?
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Old 01-30-2014, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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You say Atlanta has no alternative to driving, yet provide a link to an article from the MARTA website? LMAO. Apparently there's at least one alternative for some folks ... And no matter how many rail lines spring up, not everyone will live near one, even if they live in the city.
No MARTA is only an alternative for like 15% of ATLs population. I don't call that an alternative if it isn't even available to half the people.

That's the deal. MARTA is significantly underserving the region. Especially considering ATL is one of those places where no one lives in the center. Most people are SOL because they decided to only build highways to the burbs and not transit. ATL is one of those regions where they are really buying into the idea that transit brings undesirables....
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Old 01-30-2014, 05:55 PM
 
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Good grief. I've lived in Washington D.C. suburbs, Philadelphia suburbs, and now North Jersey suburbs. All what you would call sprawl, none of which had any problems with 1-2" of snow. With heavier snow, Philadelphia consistently did worse than its suburbs (basically because they didn't bother to plow outside Center City, except a few major streets)
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Old 01-30-2014, 06:13 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Good grief. I've lived in Washington D.C. suburbs, Philadelphia suburbs, and now North Jersey suburbs. All what you would call sprawl, none of which had any problems with 1-2" of snow. With heavier snow, Philadelphia consistently did worse than its suburbs (basically because they didn't bother to plow outside Center City, except a few major streets)
Yes. I heard a story about this on NPR today. It seems Atlanta has Boston's population in an area the size of Phoenix (according to NPR). It would seem that would make it easier to get the cars moving.
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Old 01-30-2014, 06:36 PM
 
Location: Vallejo
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The thing (problem) with Atlanta, is there are no alternatives to driving. Tons of areas don't even have sidewalks. You couldn't even walk home if you wanted and it was close enough. There is not infrastructure that is not car oriented.

We need redundancy and options to moving people around. Cars shouldn't be the only choice.

Here is a really good perspective:
In Defense of Mayor Reed, Governor Deal, GDOT, etc, etc, etc. | MARTA Rocks!
Except for... MARTA, the eight largest such transit system in the United States, you mean?
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Old 01-30-2014, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Kirkland, WA (Metro Seattle)
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Happens every time it snows in Seattle too. Fun times watching the buses go sliding down the hill.
Bet your a55 on that. I take the bus on those days. Yes, the one that slides down Yesler Way. I was actually *on* a bus that jackknifed and become a quasi-permanent fixture on I-405 during the nasty ice storm of '07 (December-ish). Walked home that night, wanted to get the hell away from that particular unfolding disaster. That was a man-made disaster, so to speak, in that I should have simply worked remote that day. So should most of the other unfortunates with stranded cars on I-405.

Fortunately, I dressed for the occasion and while a seven mile trek home was a bummer, I'm a walker by nature and just got it done and was home by 10PM.

These days, I'll just stay home. That's why some smart cookie invented remote access for IT people.
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Old 01-30-2014, 07:35 PM
 
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If cars don’t move buses don’t move and rail can’t handle everything. I suspect lack of proper tires,lack of snow trucks and lack of coordinationbetween governments.
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Old 01-30-2014, 08:08 PM
 
Location: plano
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Was the issue the snow or the ice? Ice is a completely different animal which northern claim ages are not as familiar. Why did everyone leave work early at the same time? PPP
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