It is here! Happy Dump the Pump Day for all of you who made a conscientious decision to leave your car at home and try transit today! If you have been caught in the whirlwind of Dump the Pump week here in Atlanta, you are probably already aware and have riding transit all week. But today is the National Dump the Pump Day!
For you naysayers and skeptics who still pick fault at MARTA for not being “doable” and complain that “It just wouldn’t work for me”, leave your reservations at the door today, huh? Today is a day to TRY it. You are not signing away your life to continue taking the train to work or riding a bus to your office, but this week encourages you to realize that there are alternatives to driving. No, MARTA isn’t always the best option and it could be better. But we as a society tend to be stuck in the “I wish MARTA was better so I could take it to work” conversation so long that we tend to do more talking than trying. Maybe it’s not MARTA (although I do blame the misguided Afrocentric though process of how they manage themselves), but maybe we don’t care as much. Our heightened apathetic attitude leads MARTA to deteriorate even more and we wonder why it isn’t 24-hours or on time or that it doesn’t go to Gwinnett. I’ve been to too many a MARTA meeting and have seen more MARTA reps there than citizens. We voted down the biggest payday to the system in over 20 years, (see T-SPLOST), and we haven’t taken a stand against the State government in funding the damn thing! It’s not MARTA’s issue. It’s OUR issue. WE must fight for them just like we’re fighting to stop the NSA from watching our every move.
We have a billion-dollar system in our midst, folks. If you think for one second that the government (whomever you think they may be) can magically provide funding to make this system better, you are dead wrong. Someone has to take a stand or else we all fall. Atlanta cannot live without MARTA, and I would not a tourist to ask me why there are empty train tracks running all around town. For once in our life, let’s do something to help the greater good. Below are ways to get started. Happy Dump the Pump Day.
Google Transit: https://www.google.com/transit
Bing Transit: http://www.bing.com/maps/TransitDefault.aspx
MARTA Trip Planner: mycommute.itsmarta.com/
Georgia Regional Transportation Authority: www.grta.org/