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To shoot, or not to shoot, that is the question

October 28, 2010
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In light of the random acts of scaring the beejeezus out of MARTA patrons and bloggers, I wanted to pass along this Greater Greater Washington post by MARTA Rocks! friend and former Atlantan, Matt.

In his post, “Suspected terrorist no reason to fear photography,” Matt supports WMATA permission for filming on Metro and provides the rational for it’s continuance, despite the recent “plot” against Metro in which the suspect cased the joint and took photos. While the point that the London and Madrid attacks weren’t photographed ahead of time is sufficient evidence to continue allowing the practice, his best rationale is that WMATA has better things to do than tell people to put away their cameras and camera phones.

So where does that leave MARTA riders? Well this a gray area. Station agents and the MARTA PD will tell you that photography isn’t allowed, and I’ve been stopped a couple of times taking pictures in stations. However, their vague policy only prohibits photography for commercial purposes. But if you push this, expect to lose the fight.

But some great things have happened as the result of photography on transit, like pervs in Boston getting arrested. so I’m with Matt on this one, snap away! And don’t forget to send images in to us so we can call out all the annoying folks on MARTA.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 28, 2010 3:07 pm

    Thanks for the mention!

    Photography is a hobby of mine. And so is transit. Luckily they intersect.

    I’ve written about this in the past, too: http://tracktwentynine.blogspot.com/2009/02/photographic-freedom.html

    What I think is most ironic is that Philadelphia’s transit operator, SEPTA, has banned photography. And that means that just steps away from where the Declaration of Independence was signed – in the 5th Street subway station – it’s illegal to use film to express yourself.

  2. theaccidentalcommuter permalink*
    October 28, 2010 11:16 pm

    I will never stop taking pictures of asshats who park their luggage in the middle of the aisle next to the door. Ever.

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