Train Fare

#1
Train fares could come really expensive especially if you will travel from one state to another. I don't exactly know Marta's rate when it comes to this, I wonder if this would even be available using this company's service.
 

MattW

MARTA Newbie
#4
They won't. MARTA is a local transit agency geared for local transportation service. MARTA rail wouldn't work much beyond 20 miles from Atlanta with local buses feeding them. Even places where there is extensive interstate service, it is typically handled by separate subagencies such as New York's MTA, they handle local buses, long distance buses, commuter rail, and subways, but they are separate subagencies like the NYC Subway, Long Island Railroad, and Metro North. The better option would be to create a state agency (GRTA?), roll MARTA into it, and have a subagency handle say, long-distance bus service (XPress), and intercity rail.
 

SM Conductor

Administrator
Staff member
#5
Matt, good suggestions, but unfortunately they make too much sense. Can you dumb it down a little for the commissioners and state reps? Maybe cause it to make less sense? :p

And LOL @ interstate travel. MARTA barely has intercounty travel!
 
#6
Sigh... I hope one day that becomes available really. Thanks for explaining it well Matt and giving out those suggestions. It's just now that I'm knowing these things.
 
#7
I don't think that the intent of Marta is to expand much beyond the areas it already services. It's not like it's the Greyhound bus service...it's just a better way to navigate congested cities like Atlanta without the fear of getting run over if you are a defensive driver like myself. Plus, I don't know about you, but finding one Peachtree or Dunwoody street over another is extremely difficult. I gladly pay the $2.50 to ride and leave the worries behind when it comes to traveling through Atlanta.
 
Z

Zaturo

Guest
#8
Only $2.50? Yeah, that sounds similar to the price we used to pay. Actually, I'm pretty sure it used to be $4.00 or something similar. That was probably for the day pass.
 

swaugh3

MARTA Newbie
#9
I don't think that the intent of Marta is to expand much beyond the areas it already services. It's not like it's the Greyhound bus service...it's just a better way to navigate congested cities like Atlanta without the fear of getting run over if you are a defensive driver like myself. Plus, I don't know about you, but finding one Peachtree or Dunwoody street over another is extremely difficult. I gladly pay the $2.50 to ride and leave the worries behind when it comes to traveling through Atlanta.
If Clayton County wants to join MARTA like I read (and I don't see any reason why they wouldn't/shouldn't), then it should be a reason to promote rail extension southward.
 

Akiyama

MARTA Newbie
#10
Marta pretty much only runs in the city of Atlanta. So there isn't really anything to be said about interstate travel there.

Greyhound is more of the preferred option in that area, and that costs around $100 to ride.

Akiyama
 

lanray

MARTA Newbie
#11
Their fare is cheap enough when compared to other cities. This is a good bargain compared to the hassles of having to drive around especially during peak periods.
 

SM Conductor

Administrator
Staff member
#12
Their fare is cheap enough when compared to other cities. This is a good bargain compared to the hassles of having to drive around especially during peak periods.
Take a look at our Transit Comparison. You can see that MARTA is actually among the highest of fares when compared to other systems around the country that are larger and cover more areas. :mad:
 
#13
My personal opinion is that while MARTA may rank up there in terms of how much they charge, it is still considerably less than most other options, including personal vehicles. I think that MARTA has had some fits and starts and needs to expand...and I think they will eventually, but they have to deal with some of the initial issues first before trying to offer services outside the immediate Atlanta area.