“There is no downside to using transit,” says long-term Commuter Champion
We love our rock star transit commuters! Martin Chen became a Commuter Champion back in 2012 and is still taking transit like a boss.
When you take transit, you can delegate the driving to someone else and use your commute for some valuable me-time! Plus, you’re doing your part to take cars off the road and ease traffic congestion for everyone.
Read Martin’s story and consider how transit could improve your daily commute!
When did you decide to ride transit to and from work for the first time, and why?
From the very beginning when I came back to Atlanta after college.
Name the top five best things about riding transit to and from work.
Avoiding traffic, being able to do something else other than driving, predictability, mental health, and people watching.
How far do you live from the nearest train station or bus stop?
We chose our house to ensure that we were close to a MARTA rail station and on the bus route. I live less than .25 miles from a bus stop and within 3 miles of two train stations.
If you have children, has the possibility of emergencies influenced your decision to ride transit to and from work?
I have three children. All three are in a daycare that we chose because it was close to the MARTA rail line so that I would not need a car.
How often do you worry about the weather as a transit rider?
I can go door-to-door without ever being exposed to precipitation. On the elevated platforms at most stations, however, you are buffeted by the cold winds. On those extreme days, I just drive to another station that is not exposed to the elements, like Sandy Springs station.
Does riding transit really get you to and from work faster?
Not always, but I don't want to drive in traffic.
Are there five rules you wish all transit commuters should follow, if so, what are they?
No food or drinks, no music without earbuds, no occupying seats with luggage and bags during peak period, no proselytizing, and no panhandling.
What advice would you give someone who is interested in riding transit to and from work for the first time?
There is no downside to using transit.
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