Atlanta's public transportation system is called MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority). Since Fay and I are sharing a car, I ended up riding it home from a dentist appointment. Since most Atlantans have forgotten than MARTA even exists, I thought I would share a little about the experience.
On the whole the trip was okay but slow. Driving to the dentist in a car, during heavy traffic, took 30 minutes. Taking MARTA back, during light traffic, took 103 minutes.
|9:51||arrived at station||9|
|9:52||boarded train 1||1|
|10:01||left train 1||9|
|10:17||boarded train 2||16|
|10:30||left train 2||13|
MARTA cannot do very much about the walking and riding columns, given the existing layout of the city's road system. So even with a perfect MARTA, the trip would have taken a minimum of 58 minutes, which is about twice what it takes to drive.
Anyway, the system works okay on the whole. I really have just one wish: post some stupid maps and schedules!