Saturday, March 21, 2015
MARTA Bus 196-4 Minute Walk From My House
Eventually, Lily discovered a community in Clayton County, right across the street from a bus stop which involved a 15 minute ride to the airport, 2 to 3 times an hour 7 days a week and the last bus was just after midnight. Though it was not MARTA, C-Tran had an agreement and contract with them and your paid ride would give you free access to the train and transfers if needed.
I've been asked many times as to why I prefer to take the bus and train system rather than drive directly. There are many reasons. I don't like to drive, I don't find it relaxing. I don't have to deal with traffic. I also have a phobia of causing an accident or getting into a fight once someone rear ended me or something like that...The last time Terry and I got rear ended, I did get into an argument with Toya Andrews, the woman that hit us and it almost turned into a fight. I also don't want the expense of car upkeep, insurance and gas and all that stuff. I also like the fact that I can use the time to listen to music, write, knit or concentrate on something that I normally wouldn't have time to do at home.
Around the end of 2009, an announcement was given that the bus system in Clayton County would be no more. Rallies were held, people's ability to get to their jobs in town was now being tested. The 8 mile ride from my house to the Airport Marta Station would cost, basically costs $30. To get to work, this isn't exactly a sensible expense. March 31, 2010 came and it happened, the C-Tran bus stops were picked up over night and gone as if they never existed. Cutting off people from work. The decision to end the busses further complicated the crime situation in Clayton County, burglary and robberies seemed to spike even though they authorities claimed it was due to other circumstances.
Phil's van was ratty, uncomfortable and his manners were awful. He charged $4 and he was the epitome of greedy. If you called him, told him where you were, he would tell you that he'd be there in 20 minutes...45 minutes later you could call and he'd say that he's 15 minutes away. Rather than texting or calling you to let you know he'd be a little late, you are standing waiting and wondering why would shouldn't call someone else and if you did then cancelled, he would remember this the next time you needed him and charge you $2 on top of your $4 just because you cancelled on him. He would also yell at people for being to slow when getting in the van, pack so many people into the van and even make some sit in the cargo area where he had stowed or thrown blown tires and greasy discarded van parts. An older lady had called him, thinking he was going away from town, he picked her up and a block away from her house, she asked if he was going to wherever she was going and he said "NO, I'm going to College Park, your stop will be in about an hour so sit tight." The lady wanted to get out and wait for someone else or him to come back later but he refused to let her out...to me, I saw this as kidnapping but I guess as long as she didn't make a stink about it, he didn't care. I always knew to call him an hour before I needed to be where he would drop me off. He wasn't the greatest driver either, he would cut people off, flip them off and on one occasion he drove up on a sidewalk because he was eating a hotdog and not paying attention to the road. I found taking Uber would be less of a hassle at times if Terry wasn't able to drive me to the airport...especially on Sundays.
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