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The Town Who Cried Wolf

February 25, 2015

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I was going to discuss the month of streetcar service, but this is more pressing. It’s time for Metro Atlanta to stop playing Chicken Little.

So it’s Week 2 of this Winter Weather Warning Wackiness, and yet the usual suspects got snow. Everyone else halted just because their commute MIGHT be affected.  I still find it hilarious that we have a melting pot of Northern transplants who want to cry wolf when this white stuff falls, but now it’s really sad that the people farther South in this region wants to play hooky while they’ve seen more of this in their lifetime than the duration they’ve actually lived here.

I currently work in Buckhead, go to school at Georgia Tech and live Downtown. School was cancelled today (Amazing) but my work was not. However, all city, Fulton County offices, and school districts were shut down due to “weather advisories”; the true keyword for all cancellations south of the Top End Perimeter. What did we end up getting today?

A MIXTURE OF STUFF THAT MELTED AS SOON AS IT FELL.

Not enough to stick, and not cold enough to freeze anything. As a matter of fact, this isn’t the coldest period we’ve had, which is why we in the Metro aren’t seeing any of this accumulation like those closer to God northern suburbs!

So what does this have to do with transit?

I theorize that the no show for snow crowds in the Metro are cancelling because they truly don’t know where their employees are coming from, so since they mostly drive, it’s just better to cancel to avoid lawsuits. I mean, come on, the State of Georgia halted an execution waaaaaaay south of here due to the weather. But if we has our commuter rail system that could run no matter the conditions, I’d bet we wouldn’t shut down so many services. But the current legislature still don’t see that possible to explore in this day and age. That and gay marriage.

C’mon, Georgia. It’s time to grow up and learn how to travel in this stuff. Maybe that should’ve been a conversation piece in HB 170.

(P.S. If you want a good hearty laugh, look up “Gwinnett” on Twitter and look at how Gwinnett County Public Schools have gotten almost three undeserved snow days)

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