Recently we were able to visit some colleges in Atlanta. There are 23 colleges and universities in Atlanta so learning how to get around Atlanta was a fun adventure. We flew into Atlanta and did not have a car so we decided to try all the different ways of getting around the city.
First stop was the MARTA (click to see maps and schedules). This was very easy to use, the map wasn’t hard to read. The easiest part was that the airport is last stop so both the red and yellow lines go in the same direction and to the same stations for several stops. It is also incredibly inexpensive: $2.50 each trip including up to 4 transfers. I had no problems with the MARTA except that it was closed on Sunday. According to the website this isn’t normal, but it was the situation while we were there. We found that if you wanted to go somewhere that the MARTA went to it was great, but it does not cover the entire city. I did not get a picture of the train but here is the very long elevator leaving the station closest to our hotel.
While touring Georgia Tech I decided to take a break from walking and try out the electric scooters! These scooters littered the streets of Atlanta. In order to use one you need to download the app, attach payment and scan the scooter. It took me a few minutes to set it up, but it wasn’t bad. Once it’s set up it’s very quick, so subsequent trips are easy. The rules are that you need to wear a helmet, go in bike lanes when available, and park it safely (the app gives you clear guidelines). I can tell you that these rules are often not followed, but I am reporting what the app tells you. The scooter really moves. I was impressed with the speed and the amount of control that I had while driving. Stoppping needs a little extra time so make sure you give yourself that. After a bit of experimenting I moved on and enjoyed the gorgeous campus.
In addition we did a LOT of walking. The city is very walkable with decent sidewalks and crosswalks. I enjoyed seeing the city as I walked. There were also a lot of bike lanes, and it wasn’t unusual to see bikers out and about.
On Sunday we didn’t have the ability to take the MARTA because it was closed so we used Uber to get to the airport. Living near DC I’ve used Uber often before, but it was good to see that there were several cars running when we were ready to go to the airport. Lyft is also readily available in Atlanta.
It was a great trip and fun to explore Atlanta and some of the different Universities and colleges in the area.