marta update.

week two draws to a close today and i have yet to get in my car to drive to work. i have read a full book, started another, and haven’t lost my temper and had an imaginary confrontation with another driver in that two weeks.

i am loving it and have no plans to stop. if you have been reading some of the posts on my blog about my marta adventures you will know that i have also expanded my marta use beyond my regular commute and discovered that the big. bad marta bus is actually a really easy and relaxing way to get around town.

tomorrow my girlfriend and i are going to try to spend a whole day moving around town using trains and buses.

folks, you really can get around this town without driving. believe me i was the biggest skeptic in the world and i am converted.

give it a try.

in the meantime enjoy the cfpt’s vision of world class transit in atlanta and just imagine the possibilities.

p.s. – i am still waiting on my $25 gift card.

7 Comments so far

  1. Cindy (unregistered) on November 30th, 2007 @ 1:52 pm

    I wouldn’t drive if I didn’t have to, because I believe walking is healthier anyway, but I’m no good with estimating walking time to get from campus to say, club Opera. Drive time would be like 5 mins. Tops. But walking + hot shoes + cold weather = slow and painful walking!

  2. Josh Greenwill (unregistered) on November 30th, 2007 @ 2:31 pm

    I know a lot of atlanta visiting some websites I found in and others.

    I’m looking for a photograph site, can you help me?

    I’m moving next march.


  3. George Burdell (unregistered) on November 30th, 2007 @ 3:33 pm

    The cfpt map is pretty awesome at first – then it gets really depressing when you realize what we actually have. I would love to be able to have a commute alternative, but it’s not in the cards for me right now.

    I used to carpool every day, and took full advantage of the CAC reward program. I won about 4 or 5 of the gift cards…..those were the days.

  4. BTI (unregistered) on November 30th, 2007 @ 4:07 pm

    Atta boy James – Life outside the car is much more fulfilling in my opinion. If you can make your commute by public transit then anyone can do it. Glad to see you’ve suck with it and I hope you continue to spread the word.

    Like you said, MARTA actually runs quite an extensive bus system with well over 150 routes, all you need is a little planning and a little patience. I also believe that if I can’t get somewhere by a bus and/or train then that destination isn’t worth going to in the first place.

    Look forward to hearing more about your “day of transit” in future posts.

  5. BTI (unregistered) on November 30th, 2007 @ 4:11 pm

    @Cindy – whatever’s convenient right?

  6. d.ortiz (unregistered) on November 30th, 2007 @ 10:09 pm

    Take this as inspiration or take it as bragging — either way, it’s something I’m proud of: I drove my car to work this week for the first time in a year and a half.

    It ain’t NYC, but one can live quite well in Atlanta without using a car…

  7. Brian (unregistered) on November 30th, 2007 @ 10:58 pm

    You’re an inspiration James! I’m impressed and glad you’re spreading the word!

    For a few months before becoming full-time telecommuter Y, I was successfully able to bike to work (11 miles) most of the time. I’d drive if it was raining or if I had to carry my laptop (didn’t want it bouncing out of the panier bags). You don’t read books on the commute, and I was frequently later than I meant to be, but you felt great at work, and there was no need to hit the gym after.

    If you were most other major cities the size of Atlanta, your posts would be inconsequential. However, here it seems like a huge accomplishment. Such is our town…

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