ATLANTA -- MARTA officials have been saying trains are the best option to get into and out of the city. Now, they’re facing a new problem – parking lots filling up by morning commuters.
With MARTA being a highly promoted commuting option since the fiery bridge collapse last week, more people have been riding trains to get around the city.
On Tuesday morning, the Doraville and North Springs lots were full before 8:00 am. Sandy Springs had just over 100 spots left, while Dunwoody had two decks available.
But Monday morning, commuters noticed parking lots at train stations quickly fill up -- something some of them said they’ve never seen.
“This is a first. Not even on a Falcons game is it this full,” Michael Hepburn said.
Highway signs warned commuters that the North Springs station parking lots were full. Some drivers were not shocked.
A MARTA spokesperson said lots were filling up by morning commuters looking for an easy way to get to work. They’re now encouraging motorists to car pool.
An Uber driver said that the MARTA option is taking away some of her business.
“It’s to be expected with the bridge. And it makes sense why I haven’t gotten any calls today,” Claudia Pop, an Uber driver, said.
She said that she usually gets five calls an hour. But with people taking the train, her revenue has drastically decreased over the last few days since the Interstate 85 collapse.
“Usually within five hours [I make] over a $100 and now, I’ve made like $30,” she said.
Despite several lots filling up, people tell said it’s still worth the hassle because of all the traffic congestion on the main roads and interstates.