Hi! My name is Miller and I am a third year Civil Engineering undergrad. I grew up in Marietta, just outside of the perimeter. Growing up in the suburbs meant that the only way to get around was by car, so I have rarely used any form of public transportation. My first introduction to a good public transportation came when I visited Boston. I traveled through much of the city and some surrounding suburbs without ever being more than a short walk from a subway stop. This experience opened my eyes to how useful public transport can be and how lacking it is in Atlanta. It felt like everyone in Boston could benefit from the T, regardless of where they lived or worked. MARTA, on the other hand, only serves very limited portions of metro Atlanta. Running a line up I–75 would have been such a natural choice when MARTA was first built; The Cumberland area is completely disconnected from MARTA despite having a major business district, the braves stadium, and the intersection of two major highways all in one place.
I’m excited to visit cities with a completely different way of managing transportation. My parents took me to the Netherlands when I was one year old and I rode around on the front of my father’s bike. I don’t remember much, so I can’t wait to go back again.