Originally Posted by simms3_redux
$2.50 is ~85% of $3.00; that's pretty close. What does it have to be $2.99 for it to be almost $3.00? The same trip (i.e. 1-2 stations) in other cities does not cost me $2.50. My Hyundai 4-cylinder can easily go 25-30 miles in the city on $3.85, so why am I paying essentially $5.00 to go 1 mile? (to the grocery and back) Do the math...for city travel MARTA is up to 39x more expensive for me than driving!!!!! No brainer.
By that same logic, you could live much cheaper in Cobb County (39%?) and drive your Hyundai to and from your office with no problem, so why live in the city? A lot of it comes down to personal choice, and I know plenty of people who choose to utilize MARTA because they are concerned about the environment. It's fine it you do and fine if you don't, but many people do. You can justify any actions with economics or stories of inconvenience, but if you really want transit in Atlanta to improve it would help to support it by opting to use it more often and/or purchasing a montly pass - which would lower your per trip fees a great deal. Just another opinion.
Just for comparison purposes, to go one stop on the DC Metro (I realize it covers a much wider area) it costs $1.95, but to go several stops it can easily cost up to $4 and over $5. Some others are at least close to MARTA fare, within .50 (Boston, Cleveland, Denver, Miami, etc). It sounds like it would be more convenient for you (and it would be for me too) if we had distance-based fares, but not everyone feels that way...so it would benefit some while inconveniencing others. I assume when the system grows at some point in the future, the fare system will change, possibly to distance-based fares.