We’ve been typecast as the poster child for sprawl, and it’s long been popular among cynics to deride MARTA as a joke of a transit system. But that’s beginning to seem like mocking your crate of Spam on a deserted island. The Beltline is decades away, our roads are notoriously clogged and it’s become trite to even mention gas prices. MARTA would be more in league with other metro areas’ transit systems if it were state-funded, but until that happens, it’ll have trouble growing at all if we aren’t using it. You can save money, reduce your carbon output and get around the city while having time to read, use a laptop or take a nap on the way. www.itsmarta.com.