I am in Atlanta for 6 weeks right now. I have 2 weeks down and 4 to go. So far, my Garminfone has helped me quite a bit since I have no automobile here. I have been using public transportation to get around. The Garmin software works very well for MARTA rail. For example, I select my POI and then search near it to find the closest MARTA Rail Transit Station. The shortcoming of this is that I have often selected destinations that may also require a bus transfer. I also need to point out that I am a novice at public transportation. Most of my 50 years of life have been in very rural areas as a kid and then suburban areas as an adult, so I have very little experience in using public transportation.
Anyway, I have searched for Atlanta MARTA POIs, but I haven't found any. I have also checked on MARTAs website for an Android application, but I didn't find one. Is anybody here aware of something that might help me in this regard? I do realize that the nature of public transportation is such that routes change from time to time, etc. I also realize that I could create custom POIs for the bus stops, but since I am only here for a few more weeks, it is unlikely that I will do that. I have seen other custom POIs for a lot of different things, so if anybody knows of any sort of Android application that handles this task, I would love to hear it.
I am in Atlanta for 6 weeks right now. I have 2 weeks down and 4 to go. So far, my Garminfone has helped me quite a bit since I have no automobile here. I have been using public transportation to get around. The Garmin software works very well for MARTA rail. For example, I select my POI and then search near it to find the closest MARTA Rail Transit Station. The shortcoming of this is that I have often selected destinations that may also require a bus transfer.
Google maps is about the only thing that comes to mind. It shows all public transit stops, but not the serving lines.
See if MARTA has a web page that allows trip planning. It should give all the info needed including estimated travel times.
At worst, the site should have PDFs of not only the lists of stops for each route, but maps of the routes as well. You can then use Acrobat Reader to view the PDFs.
MARTA participates in Google Transit/Maps. http://www.google.com/intl/en/landing/transit/text.html#mdy
Thank you for the replies. I will play around with Google Transit Maps.
As an aside, it has definitely been a learning experience for me here. Usually,I think in terms of what is the closest Target, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, etc. to me. However, being reliant on public transportation for a few weeks, I find myself thinking in terms of what store is closest to public transportation. For example, the closest Target to where I am staying is only 1.1 miles away. However, the second closest one, even though it is 3.2 miles away, is only 0.2 miles from a MARTA Transit Station!
Somebody tipped me to this cityXplorer North America https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=276&pID=37081 So, now I am curious, has anybody here used cityXplorer™ North America? If so, how well does it work? I would add this to me Garminfone, but I don't see it listed as a compatible device!
I also read the following disclaimer: "Adding cityXplorer maps to a unit that does not support pedestrian navigation ONLY will allow for viewing of cityXplorer maps and points of interest and is not recommended if the city already is preloaded to your device. Only 1 region can be downloaded directly to devices that do not support pedestrian navigation. Additional regions can be downloaded to individual data cards."
You can load City Xplorer on the nüvifone, but won't be able to use the added pedestrian features, which includes public transit. I'm sure you already guessed that. You need a unit with City Xplorer support (e.g. 1300LM) for the added features to work. Thus, don't waste your money.
I've tried it, and found it worked fine for the selected city. However, I don't intend on walking in Boston anytime soon so I stopped using it.
Yes, that is what I figured, but I am very glad that you replied. Thank you!
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