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Is MARTA ready to handle Final Four traffic?

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A busy weekend is expected in Atlanta because of the Final Four and the city is urging people to use MARTA, but will the public transit system be ready?

MARTA has had its fair share of problems, particularly on busy weekends like this; things like credit card machines not working and escalators being out of order.

MARTA wasn't able to do an interview with us, but a representative did tell us there is a possibility they'll be beefing up personnel to help with any problems.

More than 100,000 people are expected to hit downtown each day this weekend.

We asked riders about MARTA being ready and most of them responded, "It better be."

"It would be a nightmare for it to go down on this weekend," said MARTA rider Torrine Walker.

There are a lot of things that could go wrong, but the most recent problem has been with credit card machines not working. Cash works fine, but most people said they just don't carry it anymore.

"It's just the sign of the times. You have to be safe at all times and be aware of your surroundings so it's better just to use your card," said Renee Wilson.

And she said suddenly figuring out that option doesn't work would be a real pain.

"There would be frustration at the machines. It would just be a mess," said Wilson.

And with so much going on, a mess could be a huge disaster for both riders and the city of Atlanta.

"There's enough frustration with traveling already and we don't need additional frustration with tourists in our town. Let's treat our tourists the best way we can," said MARTA rider Cheryl Mixon.

MARTA said it's hoping to have some kind of announcement on changes Thursday but didn't make any guarantees. So if you plan to ride MARTA this busy weekend your best bet is to play it safe by leaving early and bringing cash.

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