Late Thursday night, MARTA released a statement of preparation, saying they would have more staff and accommodate more capacity for the Friday commute. Friday’s AM commute was bad, but it could have been much worse - granted, DeKalb schools were out and Friday AM commutes are often the best of the work week. But MARTA also reported midday Friday that they had seen an increase in Breeze card holders and ridership since the I-85 closure.
Atlanta, we have to work together to get through this. We need to start considering different types of flex-scheduling, telecommuting, carpooling and alternate routes. This is mandatory. When Monday rolls around, when the Braves crank up, when the K-12 schools return from Spring Break, we cannot assume business as usual.
Stay with the WSB Traffic Team on News 95.5/AM750 WSB and on Channel 2 Action News, as we work to guide you through and try to give you more context than your GPS will offer. None of us has ever seen a long term traffic problem of this proportion and we might never again. So let’s treat it like the emergency like it is. Now seems like the perfect time to finally embrace MARTA.
Doug Turnbull, the PM drive airborne anchor for Triple Team Traffic on News 95-5 FM and AM-750 WSB is the Gridlock Guy. He also writes a traffic blog and hosts a podcast with Smilin’ Mark McKay on wsbradio.com. Contact him at email@example.com