Many Routes, One Destination: Transportation in Atlanta


Atlanta is the largest and most populous city in the state of Georgia. Home to about 5.7 million people, the city provides a variety of options for its inhabitants to get around. Like any other major city, there are options to drive, take the train or bus, bike, walk and even fly (the world's busiest airport is here)! Here is a quick field note about the most common mode of transportation and my experiences with them as a true Atlanta native. 

How do people get around?:

The metropolitan city of Atlanta is home to millions of people. With this in mind, I'm sure you can understand how crazy traffic can be during rush hour! Despite the heavy traffic, people still choose to get around by driving themselves. Atlanta has a good amount of freeways that extend to all parts of the city, which is necessary because the city is so spread out. I think that most people drive because it is more convenient than biking or even taking the train. As I mentioned in previous articles, our train system (MARTA) isn't as efficient as it could be. The lines are still pretty short and do not extend out far enough for a lot of people to take it as often as they would like to. Thus, many people opt to drive.