ATLANTA (WXIA) -- The state, or rather smell, of MARTA's elevators has become the subject of many bad jokes over the years.

Just ask anyone who often uses those elevators about the practice of some riders to use them as bathrooms.

"Whoa, it smells like the stench of hell," rider Valerie Mitchell told 11Alive News on Thursday.

"Pathetic, it makes me nauseated, I mean it's just sickening," said rider Angela Trim.

"Sometimes they smell horrible, they are horrible," added rider Willie Freeman.

Since he uses an electric scooter to get around, Freeman has no choice but to use the MARTA station elevators.

So do many other people with handicaps and parents with small children who may touch or sit on the floors.

But those elevators should be a lot cleaner and more fragrant soon thanks to a new alarm system.


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