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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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Date:November 13th, 2007 01:34 am (UTC)
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Ah good. I'm sick have having to dig out my wallet just to exit the station. Now if MARTA will get accurate train arrival times on the useless Ad boards instead of scrolling "Welcome to MARTA" .. especially on Sundays.
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Date:November 13th, 2007 02:43 am (UTC)
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The message boards are run by SignPost Networks. MARTA knows exactly where all of their trains are at all times. The people at SignPost Networks can't find the noses on their faces. SignPost Networks has a completely independent system for gathering data on train locations and making predictions on when trains will arrive. For safety reasons, they're not allowed to tap into MARTA's control system to get location data. Seeing what a terrible job SignPost Networks does, I'm pretty happy that they're not allowed to get anywhere near the rail control system.

If you want to complain about their crappy signs, they have email addresses on their website: http://www.signpostnetworks.com/contact/. Be sure to let them know how fucked up it is that they switch to full screen ads every time the train you want to know about is about to show up on the screen. I really hate those idiots. Even worse than the ads are the "Who said it..." and other bits of useless information that take up the whole screen when it should be displaying time to the next train. They're an advertising company first and foremost and got in way over their heads in regards to technical competency to predict train arrival times.

As far as not tapping out goes, that's only a temporary ability of certain gates (usually the handicap/luggage gate and the opposite end gate) to allow people who use GRTA XPRESS, Gwinnett Transit or C-TRAN to exit the system since they don't get Breeze Cards yet (CCT uses Breeze). Once the other agencies switch over, the ability to exit without swiping a Breeze card will be removed.

Personally I don't find it a pain at all because I know it is coming so I just put my card in an easy pocket to reach it after entering the gates. The data collected on travel patterns will be used by MARTA to adjust schedules and possibly add more trains to certain sections. It would be nice to have a couple of two car trains that run between Arts Center and Five Points all evening long so people in the dense midtown and downtown areas who are most likely to use the train in the evening to get around would only have a waiting time of a couple of minutes. It's kind of silly for a train to go all the way to the airport or Doraville before turning around. They could leave those once every 15 minute trains in operation but supplemented with the shorter midtown/downtown trains. Breeze tap in and out data is the only way for them to know these travel patterns. Merely knowing how many people come in or out of a station isn't enough because you don't know which stations are being connected by the most trips.
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Date:December 7th, 2007 11:27 am (UTC)
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I read this entry awhile ago & I tested it out at West end & Oakland City I think. It may be at all of them. Works for me cause even though my job gives us our Marta cards for free, almost a week b4 the month changes the cards start acting funky so that works out.

It have no problem entering, but trying to exit is a hassle.