MARTA TO ASSUME OPERATIONS OF ATLANTA STREETCAR THIS SUMMER
The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) will assume ownership of the Atlanta Streetcar from the City of Atlanta on July 1. The four-car light rail system will be under MARTA’s rail operations.
MARTA is currently focused on four transition objectives; enhancing and fortifying safety and security on the streetcar, implementing a ridership growth program, reducing streetcar operating costs, and incorporating the streetcar as part of the Authority’s inter-modal service.
The streetcar’s 2.7 mile loop of downtown Atlanta presents an opportunity for MARTA to provide last-mile connectivity to riders, aligning rail schedules so commuters can use the streetcar for the last leg of their trip. The transition will also allow the streetcar to be integrated into the area’s larger transportation system which received a boost this legislative session with the passage of two bills that will create a regional transit authority. Other operational decisions such as fare, route adjustments, and service frequency are still being made.
As part of MARTA, the streetcar will now tap into the Authority’s $2.6 billion expansion plan paid for by the additional sales tax voters approved in 2016.