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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Shelters, Shelters and More (Branded) Shelters!

By Andrew Babb, Georgia Tech Student

Every day, I walk to the corner of Ponce de Leon Avenue and Ponce de Leon Place and wait for either the 2 or 102 to whisk me into town. Some may know this location better as the light next to Chipotle. Every day I listen to Chipotle’s smooth, relaxing, commercially tex-mex soundtrack flowing down from their raised porch immediately behind the stop. And almost every day, I either stand three feet from forty mile-an-hour traffic, or I stand on the hill that leads up to Chipotle, which is made of mud more than grass. I’ve often wondered why there’s no shelter there, not even a bench. The space (though somewhat hilly) is open and unused, and the stop is arguably one of the best for providing access between MARTA and the Beltline, which can be reached across the street, through the Kroger parking lot. Continue reading

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Art on Track: Seeing MARTA Through a Different Lens

By Lyle Harris, Chief Spokesperson, MARTA

Lyle V. Harris, Chief Spokesperson, MARTA

By Lyle V. Harris, Chief Spokesperson, MARTA

While a picture is worth a thousand words, the stirring photographic exhibit recently staged aboard a MARTA train left some customers speechless.

The October 18 exhibit entitled “Art on Track,” transformed a pair of workaday railcars into kinetic photo galleries that surprised and delighted unsuspecting riders. It also offered another real-life example of MARTA’s vision to nurture successful relationships with metro Atlanta’s burgeoning “creative class,” to help reflect the rich culture, poignant history and soulful humanity of the community we serve. Continue reading

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Redefining Public Transit Benefits for Future Generations

In addition to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) honoring MARTA GM/CEO Keith T. Parker as its 2015 Outstanding Public Transportation Manager, the trade association also graduated a group of up-and-coming transit professionals from its year-long Leadership APTA class. LaShanda Dawkins, MARTA’s senior director of Human Resources, was among the graduates who submitted a research paper entitled “Redefining Public Transit Benefits for Future Generations: The CEO’s Vision for the Future.”  Below is an edited excerpt of their work that offers key insights about where the industry is headed culled from existing research and interviews with Parker and other top transit leaders. Continue reading

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Join the MARTA Army!

By Simon Berrebi

Like you, I believe in a world-class transit system for the Atlanta region. That’s why I am recruiting you to join the MARTA Army.

MARTA Army recruits receive their first assignment: Operation TimelyTrip signs.

MARTA Army recruits receive their first assignment: Operation TimelyTrip signs.

We are truly gifted as a region to have the Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). MARTA is the ninth largest transit agency in the nation, and also one of the safest and most sustainable. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people choose to board buses and trains over adding more congestion and pollution to a saturated urban network. Our transit system is what distinguishes Metro Atlanta from neighboring regions in the competition for fresh jobs and bright minds. Continue reading

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Gamification for Public Transit

By Alex Malokin, Georgia Tech Student

Gamification slowly but surely filters in many meaningful aspects of our lives. Transportation is not an outlier of this process. Public transit, as a part of transportation, should keep up with this trend to attract and retain riders, especially the elusive millennials. Continue reading

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Electric Buses Becoming a Reality

By Adam Borsch

New advances in battery and electric car technologies have made completely electric busses a reality. There are systems in the United Kingdom and Switzerland that have begun to run fully electric bus routes. These routes are revolutionary in and of themselves, however there are large untapped social and environmental benefits of running a fully electric bus line. The figure below shows some more detail on these busses. Continue reading

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