Don’t Wait, Experience More MARTA Now

By Rhonda White, MARTA Media Relations Intern

Nov. 8 marked a pivotal time in Atlanta’s transportation history. With an overwhelming 72 percent of Atlanta residents voting ‘yes,’ the MARTA half-penny sales tax will increase transit connectivity through bus and rail expansion, new routes and other improvements that provide customers with even more opportunities to get around the city on MARTA. Continue reading

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Vote Yes to MARTA

Carl Holt, GISP

Carl Holt, GISP

The following was submitted by Carl Holt, an Atlanta voter who has been a supporter of MARTA for a long time. We appreciate the input from all of our customers and look forward to the vote on November 8th.

On November 8th, voters in the City of Atlanta will be asked to fund MARTA’s largest expansion, since its creation.  City of Atlanta voters will see on the last page of the ballot the question:  “Shall an additional sales tax of 0.5% be collected in the City of Atlanta for the purpose of significantly expanding and enhancing MARTA transit service in Atlanta?” If passed the sales tax increase will raise an estimated $2.5 billion over 40 years for MARTA, that figure does not include the potential for matching funds from federal grants, state grants, and private donations.  The 0.5% investment will allow for nearly 40% of the revenue raised to be paid by visitors who shop, eat, play, and stay in Atlanta. Continue reading

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Investing in Atlanta Transportation Today For a More Livable, Sustainable Future

Brian Gist

Brian Gist

By Brian Gist

For too long, transportation in Atlanta has been synonymous with driving, with plenty of cars and congested roads, but few other options. Transit service has been notoriously infrequent or unavailable in many areas, making metro Atlanta among the worst in the country for the ability to access jobs via transit. Sidewalks desperately need repair and those willing to brave the traffic on two wheels know all too well that our roads weren’t designed with bicyclists in mind. Continue reading

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MARTA Fresh Markets return at select stations with locally sourced produce

By Rhonda White, MARTA Intern, Department of Communications & External Affairs

The second season of the Fresh MARTA Market kicked-off on Friday, Sept. 23 at the Five Points Station with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that celebrated the value of the program and its convenience for MARTA customers. Continue reading

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Shovels Up for Edgewood/Candler Park Groundbreaking Ceremony

By Rhonda White MARTA Media Relations Intern, Summer 2016

Dirt sprung into the air on Monday, Aug. 22 to celebrate the groundbreaking for MARTA’s Edgewood/Candler Park Transit Oriented Development (TOD). MARTA partnered with Invest Atlanta and chose Columbia Ventures to lead development. Columbia Ventures is calling the project “Spoke” because it represents the unique location and connectivity residents will receive within the Edgewood and Candler Park communities—this development will function as the spoke—or hub, for the two areas through housing, retail and mobility. Continue reading

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MARTA rolls out “bendy” buses, test drives a double decker

Earlier this summer, MARTA announced that it would add 18 articulated buses – also known as “bendy” buses—to its fleet. The buses were put into service on Aug. 8, and will be on the agency’s high-ridership routes throughout the metro area. Continue reading

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62, 66 and 73. 1957, 1996, and 2016. Remember those numbers.

To be a transit-enthusiast in metro Atlanta is a position often fraught with disappointment and frustration. It is certainly not for the faint of heart, nor those who are not prepared for a constant, uphill battle. However, from the point of view of this eternal optimist, the tide seems to be turning (as I continue to hold my breath, and furiously “knock on wood”). Continue reading

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Why Uber Atlanta is Proud to Support MARTA’s Expansion

By Luke Marklin, General Manager for Uber in Atlanta

Luke Marklin, General Manager for Uber in Atlanta

Luke Marklin, General Manager for Uber in Atlanta

Last week, we celebrated the passage of a landmark bill in the Georgia Legislature that would extend the reach of MARTA’s infrastructure, increasing mobility for more of our communities across the Atlanta metro area.

At Uber, we share MARTA’s goal of getting more people to their destinations safely and efficiently. We share their vision of an Atlanta that is less congested, has lower emissions, and is less dependent on cars. And just like MARTA, our Uber Atlanta team is dedicated to finding the best ways to serve communities all across this city we’re all proud to call home. So it’s only natural that we should work together. Continue reading

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A Native Atlantan Talks Transportation

By Nick Juliano of Advance Atlanta

I was born and grew up in Atlanta. For those of us who have spent our lives here, it’s no secret that we’ve seen the region change. Yet, as new companies have moved to town, new cities have popped up out of old unincorporated regions, the BeltLine has remade parts of the city limits, and many other developments, one thing has remained a constant complaint of longtime residents, transplants, and visitors alike: the lack of comprehensive regional transit. Continue reading

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Urban Sprawl’s Poster Child Grows Up

Quinn Mulholland of the Harvard Political Review

Quinn Mulholland of the Harvard Political Review

This article was originally published in the Harvard Political Review

In the 1990s, urban development expert Christopher Leinberger dubbed Atlanta the poster child for urban sprawl, and “the name kind of stuck.” The city’s suburbs were growing at a rapid pace, adding over a million people between 1990 and 2000. With MARTA, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, confined within city limits because of worries of the crime it would bring, massive freeways and wide parkways provided the only connections to the wider metropolitan area. Gas-guzzling cars filled the roads, ferrying suburbanites to and from their homes on quiet cul-de-sacs, past big box stores and strip malls, and through open countryside. Continue reading

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