Spinning our Wheels

Spinning our Wheels is a commuting blog about the challenges of getting around Atlanta by car, bus, MARTA, bicycles and on foot written by transportation reporter David Wickert

Panhandling still plagues MARTA, columnist observes

So this probably won't come as a shock. MARTA still has a problem with panhandlers.

That's despite a very public "Ride with Respect" outreach campaign that began a year and a half ago to crack down on nuisance behavior, and the launch of a new "See and Say" app to help riders quietly report it.

Unfortunately, nearly every regular MARTA rider has at some point or another been trapped on the train as a beggar solicits donations from a squirming, captive audience. AJC columnist Tom Sabulis relates his latest misadventure here:


But in a city the size of Atlanta, is this really a surprise? Do you think MARTA is doing enough to clamp down on the problem?

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