I had a very close call with a Marta bus today. I was riding east from Avondale Estates toward Stone Mountain on Church Street. At one point on the road between North Decatur Rd and Glendale Dr I was passed VERY CLOSE by a Marta bus. I'm talking less than 6 inches clearance. I managed to catch up with the bus a block later. I asked the driver if he realized how close he was when he passed me and then asked if he could give cyclists a little more room in the future. He just said "#@%* you, get on the bike path". I could see if was pointless to continue the conversation so I rode off. He caught up with me a few hundred feet later and swerved over toward me. I thought he was going to run me down this time. Through the open door he shouted for me to "get off the #@%*ing road". He then sped away.
I called the Marta police since it was Sunday. I'm calling Marta's customer service tomorrow.
I thought all the Marta drivers were "educated" about how to pass a cyclist, etc.
This driver should not be driving a bus if he is going to endanger cyclists.
I also sent this to the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition (www.atlantabike.org). They love stories like this.