i can dream….not that it does any good.

i’ve been in europe for two weeks and while i was there i rode around and in general observed public transportation for a bit. one day i did nothing but ride around helsinki for a bus. and never, ever did i wait more than 5 minutes for one. in copenhagen, i was standing on a road waiting on someone and while standing there i watched more than 15 buses go by in a thirty minute period.

and how does it work in atlanta. my dog wouldn’t go to the bathroom this morning. i had to walk her around and around and arounnd. because of that i missed the one bus that goes by my house every 30 minutes. because of that, i had to drive to the train station. that train got me to five points a few minutes after the north springs train left, which meant i waited there for 10 minutes on the next one. then that train waited at lindberg for 7 minutes and this ulitmatly caused me to get to north springs 2 minutes after the bus that only goes by my office every 30 minutes left.

sigh. so now i get to sit at north springs for a good 25 minutes.

it’s a stark contrast. i dream of a day when buses and trains run every five minutes. i suspect it will never happen.

3 Comments so far

  1. Bert K. Badrinath (unregistered) on June 24th, 2010 @ 8:22 am

    I think your shift key is broken, or there is something wrong on the publishing side of your website because you do not have capital letters on the first letter of your sentences.

  2. Tamra (unregistered) on June 25th, 2010 @ 1:17 pm

    Here? You’re probably right.

    High rates of car ownership and relatively low population density are working against that. But the bigger problem is expectations. We expect very little and we get it.

    In any other city this size, 10-minute train headways at rush hour would be cause to riot. We congratulate ourselves on just HAVING trains.

    MARTA is trying hard but it often appears that they’re trying hard at the wrong things. The streetcar? Fine, but can we get some BRT on Peachtree, Ponce and Piedmont first? You’re lucky to consistently see buses every 20 minutes on any of those streets.

  3. Sarah (swampgravy) on June 26th, 2010 @ 1:53 pm

    I’ve been traveling to Boston a lot recently, and it amazes me that if I miss a train (especially during rush hour) there is another one in literally 3 minutes. You miss a train here, you better have packed a lunch ’cause you’re gonna be waiting a while. Boston is ADDING bus routes, Atlanta is taking bus routes away. It is sad.

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