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Ride the Q!

September 29, 2010

Amid all the service cuts that have been plagueing MARTA, there has been one diamond in the rough that isn’t getting much in terms of publicity.  On Monday, the Q took it’s first go around the block.  The Q is a BRT route new to Memorial Drive, consisting of the Q Express and the Q Limited.

 BRT stands for bus rapid transit and is designed to provide a faster and more efficient service than a standard local bus line, like the 121 which serves the same area down Memorial.  This faster service is acheived two ways.  The Q Express has limited stops, originating from a new park and ride at Goldsmith and Memorial near Stone Mountain, and terminating at Kensington Station, and the Q Limited as a few more stops, originating at E. Ponce and Mountain Industrial.  The second way that the BRT is faster is that it has the ability to “hold a green,” meaning that it has some signal priority and can zip down Memorial a little quicker. 

These BRT routes have been in the works for a while now, in fact, they began building the park and ride well over a year ago.  This means that they were planned before the service cuts, so I don’t want to hear any gripping about wasting money on this while MARTA cut other service.  From what I hear, that’s the reason why these routes haven’t been widely advertised, because of the fear of back lash.  I don’t blame them, the average MARTA rider doesn’t seem to get the concept of capital versus operating and all that funding jazz.

These routes are designed to be commuter lines, so don’t expect to be catching one on Sunday.  To find out more, or to get a schedule, check out the MARTA website.  And if you live in Stone Mountain, you probably aren’t reading this, but try it out!  I guarentee it’s a better commute option than driving down 78. 

Now, let’s take guesses as to what Q stands for!

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. September 29, 2010 4:11 pm

    First! Pwned!

    Yea, so, anyways, Q. What the heck does that stand for, anyways? I’m going to go with Quack-tastic.

    See, Stone Mountain has those Duck truck things that run around the park and go into the water, and my guess is that MARTA got jealous, but couldn’t justify buying a bunch of Duck things. So they decided to run a bus out towards the park and call it Q, in reference to quacking. It’s their snide little jab at the park.

  2. Debbie permalink
    September 29, 2010 4:20 pm

    The mysterious Q. We are left to ponder until the magical Queue Jumper feature materializes and then presto! We understand “Q”. Of course, the thing was named and branded and ready to go before the QJ was put on hold at the last minute. sigh. Plan Plan Plan Oooops.

    • September 29, 2010 5:13 pm

      I still like Quacktastic better. I’m going to stick with it.

  3. John Clark permalink
    October 4, 2010 8:41 am

    Awesome!!! ‘Bout time. This is the perfect location for this. Lilburn, Snellville, Loganville, and all points East will flock to this once the word is out!

    I don’t see how any bad PR would hurt them. Worked for Paris Hilton. So what if some people don’t like it. I guarantee everybody in the areas I just discussed *WILL* like it. This will save them time and money. That is what it is all about. Build it and they will come. Of course you have to tell them it’s there…

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