Is your commute improving?

I must be out of touch. I did not know the traffic jams I sit in on I-285 were getting shorter.

AJC staffer Ariel Hart is reporting on a new study that says Atlanta has the nation’s 10th worst traffic — not the third worst. And in 2009, Atlanta’s average commuter wasted 44 hours a year in traffic jams — down half a dozen hours from previous estimates.

What do you think? Has traffic gotten better here?

Has our double-digit unemployment rate, which has been consistently higher than the nation’s, reduced congestion since some former drivers are stuck at home without jobs?

If our traffic really is getting better, will our ability to lure more companies here improve, since congestion is often cited by business execs as a negative when they’re deciding whether to relocate to Atlanta?

- Henry Unger, The Biz Beat

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59 comments Add your comment

John

January 20th, 2011
7:08 am

I drive downtown each day via I-85 from near the perimeter. Trust me, there has been more improvement. Any change is most likely due to the depressed economy or to change in the survey methodology. MARTA and other transit services have significantly reduced their levels of service, making transit a less viable option.
One positive note is the number of people bicycling to work or school. In the downtown area, there is a noticeable increase in bicyclists. Even if those bicycling are people closer in as opposed to the freeway users, everyone benefits by reducing vehicle congestion and the demand for parking.

Ben

January 20th, 2011
7:31 am

The drive from Douglasville has always been the best of any major interstate into the city. However, I can certainly tell that things are getting more congested. The main problem is that there is no serious mass transit out this way. We have GRTA, yes, but it only runs at peak times and does not help someone like myself who does not work 9-5 everyday.

George

January 20th, 2011
8:41 am

I haven’t seen any improvement, but then again I have started working at home and I never hit the highways at rush hour anymore. A lot of people I know are working from their homes now for many reasons, all related to the economic downturn (office space is expensive). Maybe we’ve helped cut commuting times down for the rest. However, off peak hours still are bad.

Paula Z.

January 20th, 2011
9:10 am

I drive from Lawrenceville to Johns Creek every day. I have seen a big uptick in traffic on this route. Since there is no easy way to get here (i.e. no major Highways) the traffic tends to be heavy, but over the last couple months it has gotten horrible. What used to take me around 45 minutes, on average, now takes me over an hour. And that is NOT on McGinnis Ferry Road, which would take even longer, that is on Hwy 120. I don’t get it at all, and I sure hope that when (if) they finish the McGinnis Ferry Road widening project it will help with the congestion.

Road Warrior

January 20th, 2011
9:19 am

Commute from Smyrna to Alpharetta everyday via 285 and 400. Morning commute is pretty static since I leave at 6:30 am everyday and it usually takes 35-40 minutes. Going home however is always a crap shoot. Some days, I leave the office at 5:00 pm and I can be home in roughly 35 minutes. Other days, like Tuesday, it took almost 2 hours. WTF? Atlanta is the only city I’ve lived in where the traffic patterns are consistenly out of sync. How can anyone expect to plan anything?

AmazonRed™

January 20th, 2011
9:22 am

I work in the city, so I live in the city. My commute is 11 miles. I don’t need to get on any of the Atlanta highways to get to and from work. And my job allows teleworking once a week, so it puts less cars on the road.

Atlanta traffic is good with me. :)

Jennifer

January 20th, 2011
9:27 am

I haven’t seen any improvement, actually it seems to have gotten worse! I drive from Decatur to Roswell ever day and the traffic is bad morning and evening. While some problems are due to poor driving skills, most are simply volume related – its too much traffic for the roads.
If Ariel is using information/data from the DOT, then the results are suspect because the cameras are frequently offline or showing hours or day old pictures and the road conditions/traffic speed listed are often inaccurate.
And thanks Clayton county for ending bus service and forcing more drivers on the road.

Art

January 20th, 2011
9:30 am

I’ve commuted from Alpharetta/Cumming to just north of Hartsfield for the past 20 years. Each year my commute has gotten longer and longer. Depending upon the time of day, it can take me anywhere from an hour to upwards of three hours… EACH WAY! In my opinion, there are three distinct factors for the traffic problems in Atlanta: 1) The GA DOT has failed to keep up with demand and growth. 2) Atlanta drivers are some of the worst on the planet 3) Mass transit in Atlanta is a joke (and now we’re adding a trolley?).

JoeV

January 20th, 2011
9:32 am

Traffic on 400 South in the mornings has been TERRIBLE in the past 6-7 months. There is no improvement at all; and honestly its worse than ever. One thing I have noticed in this city is that traffic is at its worst on Tuesdays. I can’t explain it, but take notice next week…Monday is bad, but Tuesday is worse. It makes no sense to me, but Tuesday is my longest commute.

GaryAMG

January 20th, 2011
9:34 am

I daily travel from the Mercer University area to the Airport area. It’s nominally 35-40min. @ 5:30am. I have flex time to thank for it.

Jamias

January 20th, 2011
9:39 am

My commute is HORRIBLE! I don’t understand. They need to improve the roads. Do the new Solar-Roads here in Atlanta and I think it would be better for the streets and also, allow MARTA to run 24 hours. Raise the tax! OMG!

A little kindness wouldn't hurt

January 20th, 2011
9:42 am

I have lived/worked in various parts of the city since January of 2000. I live in Loganville and drive downtown near Georgia Tech to work. I can work out several ways to get to/from work but no matter how I do it 3 out of 5 days a week I will spend at least an hour and 45 minutes in traffic both ways. This is a drive that takes 40 minutes max, any other time of the day/week.

I don’t find our roadways to be an issue, nor do I find our transit systems to be a problem, I find the drivers in this area to be the worst I have dealt with in the nation (SORRY neighbors!!!). People simply do not follow common rules of the road. People still text and drive, put on makeup and drive, talk on the phone, shave, READ NEWSPAPERS!!!! (how is it this is accomplished by the way??!!)

I’ve lived in Kansas City, Wichita, small towns, farming communities, nowhere have I encountered the rude attitude drivers have here – a little kindness goes a long way.

If your car breaks down – get it pushed off the road and we won’t be backed up from 285’s perimeter all the way into Stone Mountain three hours later. Doesn’t effect the person that broke down but it effects everyone behind you. Perhaps the folks driving around the poor gal broke down could stop and help her get pushed out of the way at least? A little kindness goes a long way to relieve a lot of congestion…

The wet stuff that falls from the sky is the same stuff you stood in for 30 minutes getting yourself to wake up in the shower this morning – it’s WATER – in a RAIN shower – doesn’t hurt – doesn’t paralyze you when it hits your car, just slow down a little and keep on going with care and respect to your neighbors…oh and a little kindness.

Cherokee

January 20th, 2011
9:44 am

Maybe on interstates (don’t buy it), but not on the major secondary roads. My commute from SE Cherokee (between Woodstock and Roswell) to Norcross down Hwy 92/Holcomb Bridge (22 miles) takes 35 minutes with no traffic and 1 hour 10 minutes with. That’s obscene. I’ll be leaving my job this year to change this. It has a major effect on family life. More than half my day is now work and commuting.

Amia

January 20th, 2011
9:44 am

I-85 South in the AM and North in the PM around Spaghetti Junction is a toss up. Most days, it’s heavy but flows. The next can be total grid lock for a while. Overall, it kinda gets on my nerves. All you see are single passenger vehicles on the road.

Art

January 20th, 2011
9:46 am

JoeV, I’ve noticed the same thing… Tuesday’s are the worst on 400 and Friday’s are the best… What’s up with that? Another thing I’ve noticed since the New Year is the cops out in full force… trying to fill those coffers…

StuckInTraffic

January 20th, 2011
9:54 am

I drive GA400 every morning. I have noticed that the traffic light thingys they installed on the exit ramps to 400 are NEVER on at Holcomb Bridge. Why is that? Traffic is a nightmare from McFarland to there.

Old_Skool

January 20th, 2011
9:56 am

I drive from Lawrenceville to the Perimeter Mall area via I-85/285. It takes me a minimum of an hour sometimes 1.5 hours to get there. This time last year, I was driving from the same origin to the Powers Ferry / Windy Hill area and could get there in an hour and it’s 10 miles farther. So, yes, I think the traffic is worse now than it was a year ago.

One, caveat, I have to be to work at 8:30 at the Perimeter wheras I didn’t have to be there until 9:30 at Powers Ferry. I don’t think that’s enough to explain the difference, though. The traffic is not that much better at 9:30 than 8:30.

Worse Than Ever!

January 20th, 2011
10:00 am

I commute to downtown from cartersville—it usually takes 1-2 hours each way and sometimes longer with an accident that stalls the whole system. Atl needs high speed rail up I-75, but will never get it due to the morons that run the transportation system in the state–totally backward.

CobbWorkingMom

January 20th, 2011
10:02 am

I also think the traffic has gotten worse. More people are commuting to/from the suburbs. I drive down Johnson’s Ferry road from Marietta to Buckhead area for work and the congestion is horrible in the morning and evening. They are nearly complete with the road widening project but I don’t see it doing any good. The road goes from two lanes down to one as you cross Abernathy and there just too many cars. The main highways are one thing but the secondary roads coming from Marietta are horrible and don’t see that improving.

RK

January 20th, 2011
10:03 am

Now that America’s Mart is gone, it’s fine.

Nicholas

January 20th, 2011
10:04 am

I think a predominate factor involved here is that more people are moving closer to where they work. Gentrification and the creation of many new apartment/condo locations within Buckhead-Midtown-Downtown region has brought a lot of former OTP and outside of Georgia folks within the city limits.

To give some personal perspective: I work downtown near the Capitol and moved to a house just six minutes down the road following formerly living in Buckhead.

LazyDawg

January 20th, 2011
10:06 am

I drive from Stockbridge to the Airport area each day and the ride in is smooth(5:45am), but at 5:00pm the 675-75 interchange still bottlenecks even after the addition to the auxillary lane. Don’t get me wrong, its better than it used to be, but it can still be a bear. The good part is I get off on Hudson Bridge and not any further south.

terry

January 20th, 2011
10:22 am

I live in town & cross commute to the suburbs & never sit in traffic. I guess that is why I pay so much in exorbitant Atlanta property taxes.
Being a half way intelligent person that doesn’t need to pay consultants millions of public dollars my guess is “tele-commuting” has more to do with less traffic than anything else.
Just my two cents from talking to people everyday, duh.

Brian Carr

January 20th, 2011
10:35 am

Reading the comments, I have to say I’m with John: “everyone benefits by reducing vehicle congestion and the demand for parking.” I work with The Clean Air Campaign and talk to people every day who carpool, vanpool, walk, bicycle or ride transit to work. Others I work with don’t have to commute at all on certain days thanks to compressed workweeks and teleworking, like George above. Along with HERO, ramp meters, etc., the capacity for more commuters to choose alternatives to driving alone holds the promise of improving quality of life in the region – and commuters see immediate benefits, especially in making better use of time and money. Since we can’t always look to more lanes to solve our traffic problems, commute options provide an immediate answer to reducing congestion. More than 1,600 employers in the region are on board with this concept because they understand that the most productive – and happiest – employees are the ones NOT stuck in traffic. And for those who currently drive alone, it’s not as hard as you might think to carpool or ride an Xpress bus in to work. We have lots of resources to get you started at http://www.cleanaircampaign.org.

Cumberland Raised

January 20th, 2011
10:41 am

I have been traveling my commute on the North end on two lane roads and I have seen about a 20% decrease in car traffic. In 2006 there were a lot of trucks carrying wood products, vans loaded with construction workers. I have not seen one single 18 wheeler since Obama was elected thus the 20% reduction in workers in the Atlanta Metro area. The only positive is much less trash on the side of the road.

Richard

January 20th, 2011
11:03 am

Atlanta has some of the worst traffic and drivers I have ever experienced. I recently moved here from Miami and have lived in Houston, New York City, and Los Angeles so I have experienced it all. What I don’t understand is who taught drivers here to tailgate at 70 plus mph? Never in my life have I seen such lunacy. Do they not teach drivers ed in schools here? I can live with bad traffic but the drivers here are going to kill somebody or themselves. I do applaud Atlanta for having those dedicated State Farm trucks that help clear things up – at least that is good.

annie

January 20th, 2011
11:19 am

Are you serious – improved? H____ No! The worst thing about living in or around Atlanta is the fact that they don’t have enough highways to handle all the existing/new traffic that has come to this area in the past 15 or so years. I really don’t understand why nothing has been done and nothing is being done. They just keep spending money for bandaids that really don’t make a difference. I know for a fact that 8 years ago the state had purchased property to build the “northern arc” for the beginnings of a second perimeter around Atlanta, but that just fizzled out for some reason. If any city needs 2 perimeteres/outerbelts, it is this one. This new Governor had better get on board and get these badly needed roads built or Atlanta will begin losing what businesses it has and nobody will want to locate here.

Road Warrior

January 20th, 2011
11:26 am

Richard – “Do they not teach drivers ed in schools here?”

No, unfortunately they don’t. I grew up out west and learned to drive when I was 15. back then it was an actual class you had to take in High School in order to graduate. As soon as you turned 16, you could immediately get your license. Down here, there are 2 choices A. Pay for a Driving School, or B. Your parents or an otherwise qualified adult can teach you.

Obviously the latter is why we have such horrible drivers down here. bad examples = bad drivers.

Richard

January 20th, 2011
11:26 am

Ummmmmm….Yes I have a few things to interject.

First of all, let’s talk about the economy and the 10.2% unemployment rate. Exactly where are you getting your facts. I know that I am a very logical person, perhaps too logical for most. But, if you tell me that 10% of the states population is unemployed AND that there are no jobs available AND that no one is hiring anyone…. Where are all these people going on 400 in the morning? If you are unemployed, where you going? I gots to get to work and all you crazy people need to move on out the way. My only conclusion is that the economy is fine and unemployment is at 1% not 10% cause if all these people are out of work and no one is hiring, where are all these people going?

Mia

January 20th, 2011
11:49 am

It is bad and continuing to get worse. The commute down 575 is just about the worst in the greater metro area. That road should have been widened, like 400 was, years ago. It could be done without taking any additional land; there is a huge median and plenty of shoulder to work with.

Instead, we were presented with a half-baked scam of a “paid reversible toll lane” up the median, and I’ve now heard the federal government refused to pony up part of the money for this boondoggle (good for them). Just. Widen. The. Road. All the way between mile marker 1 and 14, where the last of the heavy traffic exits.

Rich

January 20th, 2011
12:05 pm

Hampton to N. Druid Hills takes me 1:25 in the morning and 1:45 home in the evening. Definitely not getting any better. It used to take me an hour in the mornings and a little over an hour in the evenings.

Emily

January 20th, 2011
12:09 pm

I am a student at UGA and am doing an internship in Buckhead so I have to travel from Athens to Piedmont Rd. every other day. It took me 2 1/2 hours to get to work yesterday, hitting 316 traffic in Lawrenceville, I-85, and I-285 traffic before 400 S was finally a relief. On the way home I decided to go Lenox Rd. to I-85 to 316 and that was much better, it took me an hour and a half to get home which is about 15 more than it should. It all depends on the time of day I travel because, like a reader previously said, there is no rhyme or reason to Atlanta traffic.

The traffic in downtown, midtown, and Buckhead may either be a little better or about the same, but traffic in the suburbs is getting out of control. I am from McDonough and sometimes my commute from Buckhead to McDonough takes 2 hours when it would normally take about 35 minutes. Someone previously spoke about the I-75/675 junction and it is absolutely horrible. Even the new lane has done very little if you live passed the Eagle’s Landing/Hudson Bridge exit. It is unfortunate that our public transit has developed into what it is, being completely government subsidized and unionized, and I am constantly thinking in my 2 hour commute about what I could be doing instead of sitting in traffic. Most people in the South believe that cars equal freedom because public transit has not been a part of their lives growing up. I think ideas like the Beltline though can definitely help improve Atlanta’s infrastructure. Too bad there’s not a train now from Athens to Atlanta, it probably won’t help me in the future. If the city of Atlanta actually planned for growth then new roads built, like the additional lane on 75S before exit 224, wouldn’t simultaneously become obsolete once construction is complete.

Through my commute though, I have come to the conclusion that Hell has to be sitting in never-ending traffic on 285 being forced to listen to 97.1 The River. It can’t get much worse than that…

Driver007

January 20th, 2011
12:10 pm

I have noticed that everytime there is police near Jimmy Carter exit or the DOT handing out tickets for HOV line users, that blocks traffic alway the why to exit 22 on I-285. Officers of the law stop sitting on the roads during rush hour cause people look at you and then traffic builds up.

Greg

January 20th, 2011
12:14 pm

Getting onto 400 Southbound from Abernathy can take up to 20-30 minutes sometimes. That’s just getting onto the road. Then there’s my actual commute home. It isn’t fun.

ziza

January 20th, 2011
12:15 pm

Aside from the negatives of riding MARTA of which there are more than a few,IMO riding MARTA everyday is far superior to sitting in traffic. I am extremely fortunate that 2 MARTA stations are less than 5 minutes from my house and the station I get off at is less than 2 minutes from my office door. Without these conveniences, I don’t know that I would, but I have been for almost 4 years. And keeps me at a job I probably otherwise would have left lol. There are so many improvements that could be made to make this more viable for more, but the powers that be can’t seem to make this happen. Nor can they seem to find a way to alleviate the awful traffic congestion. This makes Atlanta a less desireable location for many.

realtalk

January 20th, 2011
12:22 pm

Good Afternoon Atlanta. The only reason Traffic has gotten any better in our wonderful City is due to the HIGH unemplyment rate. Take it to the Bank. Nothing has changed. Our State needs to get in Gear and Fix the worst ares in Atlanta. A good First Step would be to get rid of the Tolls on 400 Like promised.

bigeasy830

January 20th, 2011
12:44 pm

I drive from Clay Co to Gwinnett at 0630, since they put the traffic lights on the entrance ramps around 285, The commute is 1000 percent better. Many times the bad trafiic on 285 was due to congestion, now if there is bad traffic it is caused by an accident, and you just have to expect that from time to time.

SIH

January 20th, 2011
12:52 pm

I can’t say that traffic has measurably improved in Atlanta. Fortunately, I telecommute every day, so I have little exposure to the nightmare that is Georgia commuting. But today I traveled from North Gwinnett to North Cobb, leaving just before 10 a.m. Note that the $4.5M GA-Navigator system was DOWN, so I couldn’t tell if I should wait any longer for traffic to ease. Great system – cameras and page functionality down, old camera footage from days earlier. Glad we’re paying for it. Traffic was stop-and-go until after the 285 merage. Nothing but RUDE truckers and work trucks.

The only road we should even consider building is the northern arc – no # of additional lanes will ever be enough in this state! High-speed rail or nothing. More roads just means more over-development.

KJ

January 20th, 2011
12:56 pm

I’ve been commuting in from Douglasville since ‘01 and the congestion is just getting worse. I used to hear that there was no traffic problems on the westside, obviously from people who don’t drive it on a daily basis. GRTA is the only commuter option from Douglas county, and as a fellow poster already made note of, it doesn’t work if you’re not on a 9-5 schedule or work outside of it’s drop-off areas. Driving to take a train to take a bus doesn’t work for me either. Could someone PLEASE ask Cobb county to allow MARTA to go through it to get to Douglas county?

Acworth

January 20th, 2011
12:56 pm

Terrible as ever coming down I-75 from North Cobb to Perimeter. Only improves during holidays and school breaks.

JimmyDean

January 20th, 2011
12:56 pm

I used to take CCT from Acworth to Midtown and that was great. I was able to read and sleep and not worry about traffic. I now work in Buckhead and there is no CCT service or any other bus line that goes to Buckhead excpet Marta. I am not paying for 2 passes, when it costs the same to drive to work. Oh and 75 is a mess and it has gotten worse. Especially with that stupid construction that they are doing.

Bryan -- MARTA supporter

January 20th, 2011
12:57 pm

There could be some relief if MARTA was allowed in all of the main 10 counties of the metro Atlanta area. Unfortunately, MARTA has been limited in it’s expantion because it will bring the “element” from the poor areas to the suburbs. Hey guys, crime is already there for one. Two, there is an obvious need for transit because the other big three have (in Clayton’s case had) bus service and Xpress travels to most of the other 5 counties that make up the main 10 counties.

People don’t want to pony up the money to have a great transit system but want to complain that there is no decent mass transit here. Transit doesn’t pay for itself through fares alone, just like roads don’t… BOTTOM LINE! Also, MARTA is going to be the main service provider in the area one way or the other because it is the largest and most established. CCT and GCT need to just let MARTA operate them and pay for MARTA so that rail can be extended and more bus service can be provided.

The more roads you build the more folks are going to drive. Eventually, people are going to have to see that transit is the next option. They will when gas is $4 and $5 a gallon. People are going to be begging for MARTA.

Support the extention of the EXISTING MARTA HEAVY RAIL. Not light rail, except for the Beltline project. For I-75 from Atlantic Station into Cobb, I-85 from Doraville into Gwinett, GA 400 from North Springs into Roswell, extending the Blue Line (west portion) to Fulton Ind. Blvd, extending the Green line from Bankhead to Huff Rd (Midtown West) and from Candler Park up to Emory and then to Tucker, for I-20 East from Five Points to Turner Field (Lord knows MARTA needs a station there!) into Lithonia, from Hapeville into Clayton. This would provide rail service to pretty much every area that needed rail service. Extending local and express buses in areas that need it would follow and then MARTA would finally live up to it’s name. Someone even mentioned 24 hour service. That would be great for the city!!

Support MARTA and support funding for it and for MARTA to be able to use their money as need be. Get rid of the 50/50 restriction. Last support the State of Georgia giving dedicated assistance to MARTA. Heck, we are the tax generator for the entire state, the least the state can do is support and help expand the system that helps Atlanta move.

SteveO

January 20th, 2011
1:04 pm

I drive from Decatur to Johns Creek every day and it is far better than it was even 10 years ago, especially on the drive back into the city in the evening. Gwinnett and Fulton have drastically improved intersections at 141 & Old Alabama, 141 & State Bridge, and 141 & Medlock Bridge by expanding and lengthening the number of turn lanes. They also have finally improved the light timing which used to be virtually untimed.

Regular commuting still looks like hell though. I don’t know how people do it. I’m going the other direction at 70mph and the other side is backed up for miles every day. Forget that.

Dirk the Jerk

January 20th, 2011
1:08 pm

@Bryan — MARTA supporter

So they don’t want to pay for MARTA because of “the criminal element”? Fine. I say screw ‘em. Let them whine and moan about criminals taking TVs on the train back to Bankhead while they’re paying $5 a gallon.

And then when they realize that in five years that South Gwinnett has become one giant banlieue they can have the crime and the expensive gas.

New Trans

January 20th, 2011
1:11 pm

Marta needs to be turned over to the state, with progressive people running the system instead of the local corrupt morons in charge now. If they get the right people in charge without a financial interest, the high speed rail can work all over the state of Georgia, including links to Savannah, Macon, Albany, north Ga, etc. But, it will probably never happen due to all the hands in the pockets of taxpayers, trying to get rich off shady deals.

Steve

January 20th, 2011
1:30 pm

I commute from the Centerville-Snellville area to Tucker (12 miles). I does take less time for my commute now than it did 2 years ago. Most rainless days it takes 30-40 minutes coming in and about 45-50 getting back out. On rainy days I know I have to add 15-30 minutes to each commute. What’s up with the way people excessively slow down when it’s raining.
I do agree with a couple of posters who indicated the entrance ramp lights have helped.
If I had a quarter for every driver I see with a cell phone in their ear, I’d be able to fly over everyone in a helicopter. Please put down the phone.
Also, please prepare to take an exit prior to reaching it. Everyday I see at least 2 vehicles exit US78 at West Park Place from the far left or middle lane.

Techmom

January 20th, 2011
1:58 pm

Thank God for telecommuting. It did kind of suck last week since I had no excuse to not work on a snow day but the benefits far outweigh the downsides. My office is off of 400/285 in the Perimeter area. We used to have an office of about 250 people who all worked in the office. In the last three years we’ve shrunk to about 150 people and 140 of those telecommute.

My husband used to work downtown and took the XPress bus and loved it. Then he got laid off and took a job in another city for year before finding one back in Atlanta. Now he commutes from McDonough to Alpharetta every day. Unfortunately that’s where he found a job that could get him back home every day, he would be much happier going to downtown. It usually takes him an hour and 5 minutes in the morning but the afternoons are all over the board. Some days it’s an hour and 5 minutes and some days like Thursday, Friday and the past two days, he’s been pushing 2 hours or more. I guess everyone decided to go into the office this week since they didn’t/couldn’t last week.

I’ve seen traffic on the southside of town go from good to horrendous in the 12 years I’ve lived here. The congestion down here at the 675/75 merge is absolutely mind boggling! It’s worse than downtown. And it’s not just during rush hour- even northbound on the weekends it’s almost always clogged. My husband and I counting down the time we have until our son graduates from HS and we can sell our house and get the heck out of here.

James

January 20th, 2011
2:13 pm

Traffic wouldn’t be an issue if people would simply use their heads.
It makes no sense to live 20, 30, 40 or more miles from where you work. I could understand it after changing jobs for a few months or a year. But 10+years of driving 20+miles to commute to work daily, you are the problem because you are a fool.

If more people lived in the city center (or at least ITP) then mass transit would become more justifiable from a usability and expansion stand point. Marta would actually be able to justify adding and expanding service (buses and rail) with a larger customer base.

As it stands, with all the fools that insist on commuting from BFE on a daily basis, mass transit simply does not make sense.

Stop being a part of the problem, become part of the solution.

Census

January 20th, 2011
2:20 pm

As long as Atlanta’s roadways are clogged with 4 of the DUMBEST groups of people to ever roam the planet, Minivan Drivers, Obama Supporters, Smart-Phone-While-Driving Zombies and V-103 Listeners, the traffic here will always be horrible.

Jcatl

January 20th, 2011
2:29 pm

Afternoon connector Southbound sucks more than ever. That they are doing more construction this summer is just depressing.