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Re: “MARTA eyes North Fulton expansion

To me, MARTA's biggest problem is that as a subway system, it fails at the #1 requirement - to help people avoid traffic by moving them where they need to go in a timely manner. Through its bus system and routes down 400 (with park & ride lots in N. Fulton) and lack of necessary routes/stations MARTA has created a different way to get stuck in the same traffic.

I am often hard-pressed to find a route that is quicker by MARTA than by car, even in heavy traffic. Until that is fixed, MARTA will always appeal to those without other forms of transportation before attracting vehicle owners. Why park and wait for a train or park and wait to sit in traffic on a hot bus when you can sit in the same traffic in an air-conditioned car listening to music or talk radio?

I know it isn't this simple, but I can't help but notice the CRAPPY stations in NY, Paris, Boston, etc. Instead of spending money building ornate, 50 foot ceilinged beautiful underground metropolis stations that are many miles apart (i.e. MARTA), those cities have cheap, ugly stations that are less than a mile apart. More stations means greater accessibility. If you want to gain ridership by moving people that have alternatives (like vehicle owners), you must come to them with a better alternative. In 40+ years, MARTA has failed to do that.

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Posted by lefkoff130b on 07/22/2014 at 9:57 AM

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