The Many Ignored Problems of MARTA
At the risk of sounding like Andy Rooney; what can't MARTA seem to solve any problem, even the simple problems?
In a nutshell here it is, not politically correct, but true:
MARTA still doesn't compete effectively with the time to commute by car
If people are to be incented to ride MARTA, it should take no more time or money than taking their car; since they have to give up flexibility and freedom of the car. But unfortunately MARTRA trips take twice as long as a car ride.
So, why once the commuter is in his or her car and traveling on the Interstate, would he or she pull off an exit, look for a parking spot and wait for a train, which will then travel at about half his average speed?
The process alone of driving to a MARTA station, parking, walking to the train and waiting for the train, then riding to your stop and walking to your office takes about as long as the entire drive if you stay in your car!
MARTA doesn't go where the traffic is
.... so it doesn't really reduce congestion. The stated intention of building MARTA may have been to help alleviate congestion on the roads, the competing interests for and against it from County and City governments produced a system that goes from poor areas to the airport and shopping malls.
Winos, Panhandlers and Urine
Delays and Breakdowns
No Day Passes
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