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