MARTA overcrowding causes some problems for Final Four fans - WSMV News 4

MARTA overcrowding causes some problems for Final Four fans

Posted: Updated:
ATLANTA (CBS46) -

The city has been telling people for weeks to take MARTA because of the Final Four and people definitely listened.

In fact, so many people took the advice it ended up leading to a few problems.

Breezy Neilsen is a Michigan fan who is in town for games.

"It was packed to the walls at each train stop," Neilsen said.

And when you can barely move one way or the other, that can cause problems and according to some people, it did.

"There were people getting packed in and the doors wouldn't shut. We waited for 20 minutes because people were leaning up against doors," Neilsen said.

Delays like that at each stop made for some very late trains.

"We didn't get back to the hotel until two in the morning and the game was over at 11:45," Neilsen said.

Bernice Brown is a local who was shocked by how long people had to wait.

"I don't think MARTA was equipped to handle the volume," said Brown.

But not everybody was angry with MARTA.

Some said it's the Final Four so the large crowds were expected.

"You see the big crowds after the game and it looks intimidating like you're never going to get on, but it moved real quickly. It was nice," said Carson Albanese, who is visiting from Buffalo, NY.

"Definitely expected there to be a lot of people and I figured there would be some bumping elbows and everything, but it worked out pretty well. It wasn't too bad," Brendan Schreiner said.

Even with the big crowds, Albanese and Schreiner both said they didn't see the problems others did.

"The trains were going every few minutes when they said they would. It was great," Albanese said.

"I've never been to Atlanta. This is my first time here ever, and it's been a great experience using MARTA," Albanese said.

Copyright 2013 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation).  All rights reserved

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Mayor's proposed $5.2B transit plan includes light rail, downtown tunnel

    Mayor's proposed $5.2B transit plan includes light rail, downtown tunnel

    Wednesday, October 18 2017 5:36 PM EDT2017-10-18 21:36:16 GMT
    Mayor Megan Barry and city officials announced the transit plan on Tuesday morning. (WSMV)Mayor Megan Barry and city officials announced the transit plan on Tuesday morning. (WSMV)

    Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and other city leaders unveiled Music City's long-awaited mass transit plan on Tuesday.

    More >>

    Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and other city leaders unveiled Music City's long-awaited mass transit plan on Tuesday.

    More >>
  • Police: Woman who feared deportation drowned 2 boys

    Police: Woman who feared deportation drowned 2 boys

    Tuesday, October 17 2017 7:08 PM EDT2017-10-17 23:08:38 GMT
    (Wilmington Police Department via AP) This undated photo provided by the Wilmington Police Department shows Kula Pelima. Police in Delaware's largest city have charged Pelima with drowning her infant son and the baby's 5-year-old half brother.(Wilmington Police Department via AP) This undated photo provided by the Wilmington Police Department shows Kula Pelima. Police in Delaware's largest city have charged Pelima with drowning her infant son and the baby's 5-year-old half brother.
    (AP) -- A woman drowned her infant son and his 5-year-old half brother in a bathtub hours after she called police and told them she was worried about being deported, a Delaware police chief said Tuesday. Kula Pelima, a native of Liberia who has lived in the U.S. for two decades, called 911 about 3:45 a.m. Monday, fearing that her visa had lapsed, Wilmington Police Chief Robert Tracy said at a news conference. It's not clear why Pelima was worried. Immigration and Customs Enforcement...More >>
    (AP) -- A woman drowned her infant son and his 5-year-old half brother in a bathtub hours after she called police and told them she was worried about being deported, a Delaware police chief said Tuesday. Kula Pelima, a native of Liberia who has lived in the U.S. for two decades, called 911 about 3:45 a.m. Monday, fearing that her visa had lapsed, Wilmington Police Chief Robert Tracy said at a news conference. It's not clear why Pelima was worried. Immigration and Customs Enforcement...More >>
  • Metro airport authority fires CEO at board meeting

    Metro airport authority fires CEO at board meeting

    Wednesday, October 18 2017 3:36 PM EDT2017-10-18 19:36:03 GMT

    The Metro Nashville Airport Authority Board fired its president and CEO during a meeting on Wednesday afternoon.

    More >>

    The Metro Nashville Airport Authority Board fired its president and CEO during a meeting on Wednesday afternoon.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
WSMV
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2017, WSMV; Nashville, TN. (A Meredith Corporation Station) . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.