Since moving to Atlanta a little over six years ago, I have been a rider of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority’s trains and buses. Since joining Twitter a little over four years ago, I have been making occasional observations about MARTA.
I recently downloaded my tweet archive, and it occurred to me I could sort out my MARTA tweets and present them as a little slice of my history on the system.
Some observations: Many of my tweets are complaints. I try, however, to remark upon most of the odd, unusual, and beautiful things I observe in my rides.
Also, I apparently like the smell of cookies. A lot.
Wow, does the heat work on this train. Twenty minutes, and my leg beside the vent is nicely toasted. #marta
A fellow train rider (a security guard by appearance) is drawing what appears to be a magazine cover for “Creepy Tales.” #marta
Call from my boss — safety first; another snow day tomorrow. (I can’t argue otherwise; our road is iced and the buses aren’t running.)
If the buses were running, I’d have to walk over ice to get to one. As you may have heard, I don’t do well walking over ice.
No snow day tomorrow. Officially. Practically speaking, it depends on the status of the roads (and buses) in our neighborhood. #dubious
No bus, no work. The sun is out, though. Maybe we’ll have enough melting to get free before the day’s out.
Working. From the office, no less. The buses still won’t come near us, but our street melted enough yesterday that I was able to drive out.
Wow. It is like July inside this bus. I get it. It’s cold outside. That does not mean set the thermostat to hellfire. #marta
Home to kendo, by car: ~30 mins. Home to kendo, by bus: ~2 hrs. #samuraicommute #nodirectroute #argh
Waiting on my connecting bus, I just watched guy at the stop across the street puke. Three times. Glad he’s headed west, not east. #ew #whew
Still waiting on bus, which is 20 mins. late. Meanwhile, puking man wandered off, and smoking chick arrived on my side of the street. #whee
I stood up, triggering an apology from smoking chick, who left after finishing. Apparently she just wanted a smoke break, not a bus. #rude
No, I really don’t have anything better to do right now than tweet my Saturday night bus (mis)adventure. #bored #alsohungry #mostlybored
Finally a bus appeared, a mere 40 mins. behind schedule. Or 10 mins., if I assume the first one was simply a no-show. #lessbored #morehungry
Home. Showered. And wife made cake. #allswellthatendswell
Dear singer in Five Points Station: You are not as good as you think you are. Also, “Bohemian Rhapsody” has more than one verse. #ouch
I periodically see soldiers on MARTA, typically low-ranking enlisted and occasionally company-grade officers. Today, a first: a major.
10 p.m. bus left on time, as five of us were exiting the fare gates and headed toward it. 10:30 p.m. bus? Still here, no rush. #expletive
I appreciate transit … but somehow I always seem to have bus issues while tired/hungry. Tired/hungry + time to kill = grumpy tweets. #robble
My top tweet topics (lately): beer, travel, and bus grumbles. #timetodiversify
Dammit, woman, you’re supposed to dab on perfume with your fingertip, not swab it on with a sponge. #marta #hack #cough #wheeze
Seen this morning: man wearing a medium grey pinstripe business suit and an electric blue do-rag. #odd #fashion #marta
Regular rest last night. Normal work day. Extra caffeine, though. Result? I fell asleep on the bus home. Caffeine’s a stimulant, right? #zzz
Mmm … cookies. #marta #candlerpark
Seen on train: Woman with one of those cosmetology heads, brushing its hair. Either she’s studying cosmetology, or she’s very weird. #marta
I saw a battered Gran Torino in the MARTA parking lot this afternoon. It made me smile. #daysgoneby
My love for humanity wavers in sync with my proximity to actual humans. In other news, this train is waaay overcrowded. #marta #rageface
Someone on this bus smells like a wet dog. #marta
Ah. The woman sitting next to me moved, confirming suspicions: a) she was the wet-dog-smelly one b) she was reading over my shoulder. #marta
On the train now, headed downtown. RT @CleanAirGA: Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Looking for things to turn green today? How about your #commute?
Guy in front of me on the train this morning is reading a D&D 3E book, looks like the GM’s Manual. #oneofmypeople #martamoment
The intercom is playing a soft, steel-drum version of “What a Wonderful World.” Odd. Also, relaxing. #MARTAmoment
Sometimes I take the green line train just so I can smell cookies baking near Candler Park Station. #MARTAmoment
Ah, a nice, non-crowded eight-car train to carry me home. #MARTAmoment
At least once a week, walking to my car in the train station lot, I have a panicky moment wherein I think I left my keys in my desk.
I have never actually left my keys behind, but I dread the hour-plus round-trip to get them upon the day I do.
Noisy street preacher passing out flyers on the train. I’m surprised to see more than half the passengers accept. #MARTAmoment
Some asshole ran onto the rail tracks, so now a couple hundred people are stuck in this train station. #MARTAmoment #blarg
MARTA promised a “bus bridge” to another station 20 minutes ago. No buses yet. #MARTAmoment #blarg
At least this is happening at the station near the bakery, so there is the smell of cookies to console us. #MARTAmoment
Guy just offered to buy my hat. #MARTAmoment #nosale
Small graffiti on a train platform wall: Happy skull is happy. #MARTAmoment
First cool day of September. Unprepared young men huddle, arms inside their T-shirts. #MARTAmoment
There are logistical reasons why trains drive through a station without stopping, but I still think of them as fuck-off trains.
Just as I tap my transit pass to enter the train station — the point of no return — I realize I left my hat in my office. #MARTAmoment
I have bad bus karma. The bus I just missed left on time. The bus I caught is still idling 10 minutes past time to leave.
Tweet from @zigged: @lastgreypoet Sounds like my luck with choosing checkout lanes.
@zigged This happens to me all the time — MARTA’s most punctual bus driver is always behind the wheel whenever I’m slightly behind.
@zigged The corollary, of course, is that MARTA’s most laid-back, “we’ll get there eventually” driver is running the next bus that pulls up.
Pigeon excrement. Lots of pigeon excrement. #MARTAmoment
Rainbow over my train station this morning. #MARTAmoment #weather #pretty
My train has been boarded by pirates!
Okay, it’s just one pirate.
Cold morning. The trains have increased heating. Result: People sweating in their heavy winter clothes. #MARTAmoment
Tweet by @zigged: @lastgreypoet I would rather ride for an hour than drive for half.
@zigged Likewise. Mind you, in Atlanta rush hour traffic, my train ride would take about the same amount of time by car. Screw that.
Double-parked and unattended MARTA vehicle in the Kiss Ride area at Doraville Station. Great example, @MARTASERVICE.
Panhandling harmonica player has rhythm. #MARTAmoment
(1/2) Conductor: “Ladies and gentlemen, I do apologize, we are running approximately two minutes behind.” #MARTAmoment
(2/2) Conductor: “I will be attempting to make up the time at this time, so sit back, relax, and hold on.” #MARTAmoment
A puddle of shit, at the bottom of a staircase. #MARTAmoment
No station in all MARTA smells as nice as Edgewood-Candler Park when the wind is blowing from the nearby bakery. #cookies #MARTAmoment
I don’t even need to take the MARTA Green Line, but sometimes I do, anyway. #stopandsmellthecookies #MARTAmoment
Decent service intervals again? Yes, please. RT @RedAndria MARTA planning more rush hour and weekend train service. http://t.co/Ip0xy5i3LB
Man begs for food, receives food, eats, pulls knife, uses knife to sharpen pencil, uses pencil to fill out lottery ticket. #MARTAmoment #wtf