Recently, the City of Johns Creek passed a resolution effectively saying they would not support an increase in the MARTA sales tax, which is and has been collected in Johns Creek since MARTA was formed.
That decision has led to the usual bellowing of racism. Racism is on the path to becoming the argument of first resort when people, generally on the left, do not get their way. It used to be the argument of last resort, but why wait?
I am sure that there will be people that claim that my views are biased as well. They would be wrong. I graduated from Georgia State University, and I took the train from Hightower to Georgia State daily. Even then, it took longer by train than by car. Which is generally true for a lot of MARTA versus car travel cases.
For example, Windward Parkway in Alpharetta to the Atlanta Airport would take 42 minutes at 1:33 p.m. on 11/23/2015. By bus/rail? One hour and 27 minutes(if you get there as soon as the bus arrives). Click on the link below, and it will show you current travel times by both modes.
We are often told “Look at how successful the METRO is in Washington, D.C.”. Of course that system is successful. It was designed and built the proper way a transportation system should be built. MARTA took a different path. Well they basically took two paths: North-South and East-West. That’s their failure. That they have continued to this day without modifying that plan is why MARTA is not and cannot be the answer.
Have a look at the two systems. Here are the maps for each:
Washington’s METRO has multiple 8 spokes to their transportation system. Those 8 spokes three separate transportation circular routes that allow passengers to get to where they are going without the need for everyone to transfer at one primary station if they need to change directions while traveling.
This system is a functional system, and provides for additional expansion because they can connect any two outer spokes, creating another circular path, when the demand is there.
The Washington Metro was started in 1976. It has:
- Six Lines
- 91 Stations
- 117 miles of track
- 712,843 passengers per day
Atlanta’s MARTA system is shown here:
MARTA was started in 1971:
- Two Main Lines
- 38 Stations
- 48 miles of track
- 438,900 passengers per day
- No new stations since 2000
As you can see, there is no connectivity between the two main spokes, except at Five Points. There are no circular paths for patrons to take to get to their destination.
This also creates another major problem. If MARTA has a failure between Lindbergh and the Airport, or between Holmes and Indian Creek, it disrupts all traffic and buses muse be used. The Washington METRO allows riders to pick another route if one of the stations happens to be on one of their circular sections of track. Continue reading