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Nov. 3rd, 2008 @ 10:44 pm Transit Thirsty Thursday (November 6)
Transit Thirsty Thursday each month will highlight a different restaurant or pub located in easy walking distance from a MARTA rail station. These informal events will serve both as a social event for those who are transit friendly and as a way to get people's brains to form an association between these destinations and their nearby MARTA station. We often hear that MARTA doesn't go anywhere but I've found that it goes lots of places and people just don't give MARTA a thought in the first place.

This month's event is at Atlanta's only authentic German bierstube, The Rathskeller, located in the Renaissance Hotel. To get there on MARTA, take the train to the North Avenue station (N3) and exit on the North Avenue side of the station. Cross both West Peachtree Street and North Avenue to get to the right side of the road. When you enter the Renaissance, walk through the lobby and go to the right or ask an employee to point you to The Rathskeller.

With over thirty European beers and a wide selection of German and American food, there is something for everyone.

It isn't required that you RSVP but it would be helpful:

On Thursday the election will be a couple of days in the past, so we can discuss what the results mean to MARTA and transit in general. There may even be reason to expect a new chairperson for MARTOC!

Also keep in mind that the next MARTA Pub Crawl is November 22nd!
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Oct. 20th, 2008 @ 08:13 pm emory
Current Mood: curiouscurious
Current Music: The Echoing Green : Blind
Could someone tell me how to get to Emory University using MARTA? The main campus. You get off at Edgewood-Candler Park, right? And then take the bus?

Thank you for any help!
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GAKU leopard eyes
Jul. 12th, 2008 @ 12:34 pm MARTA takes you everywhere
Did you know you can take MARTA from New York to San Francisco? At least you could if you lived in the 1990s of the early 1980s

The fun starts at about 5:45 into the clip.

BTW, MARTA Pub Crawl XV is next Saturday. The last one had over 120 people attend! That was just too large and insane so I'm limiting this one to fifteen people and not doing much to spread the word about it. If you want to attend, please RSVP at http://nightlife.meetup.com/755/calendar/8156812/
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Nov. 12th, 2007 @ 04:32 pm Just joined, sharing info.
I found out from a friendly MARTA agent that you can, in fact, exit a station without tapping out if you dont need a transfer. Just use the Wide handicapped breeze gate, stand between the sensors and it'll open after a second or two. At least the one at Georgia State station will.

EDIT: I wanted to share a story about something that I witnessed at 5points. It's over in my personal journal, i'll just link it so as to not clutter anyone's page. http://creepyfnord.livejournal.com/264098.html
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Jul. 23rd, 2007 @ 01:15 pm Tap or be trapped
Why is it now required to tap the breeze card in order to exit from any station even if no transfer is needed? The fare has already been paid upon entering, but now customers will be trapped in the station if they do not tap again to exit.

Is Marta now tracking every move of every customer? Isn't there a safety issue with requiring to tap in order to exit the station? What if you loose your ticket while riding the train or if the breeze ticket malfunctions? Is this some scheme to trap people who skipped on the original fare while inconveniencing the vast majority of riders?

I just think it's ridiculous to require tapping the ticket in order to exit..

EDIT: According to Marta Customer Service:
"to better track customers, where and when the stations are the busiest, where does service need to be added" ... "was modeled after a couple of transit systems, with one being in Washington, DC."

This means they will track your moves and that there is a possibility of starting distance-based fare pricing (like Washington D.C.).
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Jul. 19th, 2007 @ 11:04 pm MARTA Pub Crawl XII
Everyone knows that MARTA really stands for Moving Alcohol Rapidly Through Atlantans. Join us for Atlanta's most unique pub crawl. We meet at Island Oasis in Underground Atlanta near the Five Points MARTA station. After a drink or three, the Crawl Master announces a rail line, we ride out a random distance, get off the train, walk to a nearby bar or pub, have a drink, get back on the train, go to the next stop and repeat the process until either we get back to Five Points, MARTA closes, or you cry uncle and just can't take it anymore.

July 28th - Starts 5:30 pm at Island Oasis in Underground Atlanta
More info at http://sunrepublic.org/home/MARTAPubCrawl/tabid/53/Default.aspx
evite: http://www.evite.com/pages/invite/viewInvite.jsp?event=ODDBNYAAWVRYIDJSJUZY

cross posted to: atlanta, itsmarta and my personal journal
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Jun. 6th, 2007 @ 07:06 pm Support the MARTA Pub Crawl
If you've attended the MARTA Pub Crawl in the past and had a good time, be sure to let Access Atlanta know. They've put up a blog asking the public for their best pub crawl experiences so this is a good opportunity for this pro-transit event to get some exposure.

The blog is at: http://www.accessatlanta.com/blogs/content/shared-blogs/accessatlanta/chatter/entries/2007/06/06/bar_code_pubhop.html

And as a reminder, MARTA Pub Crawl XII will be July 28th. As always, you can get the latest information on the pub crawl and other transit/intown friendly events at http://www.sunrepublic.org
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May. 19th, 2007 @ 02:20 pm Transit rider to run for president?
First there was talk of MARTA rider Clark Howard running for Mayor of Atlanta, now it looks like Mayor Bloomberg of NYC, who takes the subway to work everyday, is thinking about running for President. Obviously the selection of who to vote for should be based on a wide variety of criteria but it is nice to see some people who actually use transit running for office instead of those who are either openly hostile to transit or think transit is ok, as long as it is someone else riding it.

(Yes, I know the last link is to The Onion)
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May. 12th, 2007 @ 10:46 pm Jumping the tracks{cross posting}
Current Mood: blahblah
On my way home from shopping earlier I was at 5points train station and waiting on the west bound train....the east bound train approaches on the other side far away from where I was, some dude who I guess was on the wrong side decided he wasn't gonna do the right and smart thing and that was find his way over to the east bound side, instead he jumps onto the track hops over to the side where the east bound train was. I mean they were single tracking the east/west tracks, but it's not that serious.

I have never seen anyone jump the tracks...ever! I really didn't wanna see a fatality.
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Leopard Chick
Apr. 5th, 2007 @ 07:02 pm Rubber tyres make you crazy
Oh, if MARTA would just learn how to make commercials like they do for the Montreal Metro...

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