Nightly maintenance helps the fleet of 318 cars stay on track
Every night, MARTA’s 318 railcars, each weighing 81,000 pounds, pull in to this gleaming maintenance facility for the mass transit equivalent of a tune-up and a detail. Here, in a facility just west of the Connector near Armour Circle, they’re cleaned and inspected by a crew of 130.Read more
Commentary: It’s Memorial Day Weekend, Atlanta Streetcar is operating only one trolley, and that’s a problem.
The system is on a reduced schedule during one of the busiest weekends of the year.
Yesterday, I walked to work past the giant electronic billboard above 218 Peachtree Street and glimpsed an ad for the Atlanta Streetcar. It’s a modified version of a promotion that aired in Times Square back in April. “Downtown Atlanta is on the move,” proclaims the tagline. That might be the case. Too bad that the […]Read more
Is it worth it? It depends how desperate you are. Is it really an hour? That depends on where you live.
Last month, Amazon rolled out its Prime Now one-hour delivery service to Atlanta. There are a few situations—a hangover, a colicky baby, an “Orange Is the New Black” binge—in which we could imagine being too desperate for essentials to get off the couch, let alone leave home to run errands. But could Prime Now help us out of more prosaic dilemmas? We constructed a few plausible scenarios, synchronized our watches, and placed orders at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 13, from six metro neighborhoods.Read more
It’s not easy, but with a bit of effort, Atlantans can earn a companion pass for less than the average cost of a round-trip ticket. What I learned taking six Southwest trips in seven days.
With low prices from Atlanta to commemorate Southwest’s finalized acquisition of AirTran and cheap fares out of Dallas marking the end of the Wright Amendment, I had the perfect bargain storm. I spent roughly $45 for each of six flights—and earned a companion pass for the low cost of $270.60.Read more
With Southwest, Spirit, and Frontier offering cheaper fares, experts predicted the hometown airline would start to sweat
This year brings expanded service at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport from Spirit and Frontier, low-fare airlines that are so no-frills they’ll charge you to use the overhead storage. But hey, this is good news, right?Read more
An ad is running on the “ABC SuperSign” in Times Square.
It might seem wise to invest in a campaign targeting people most likely to ride the Atlanta Streetcar: you know, Atlantans. But thankfully the city has done something more effective: keeping the streetcar fare-free through the end of this year.Read more
The gap between the city’s rich and poor remains the highest in the country. Here’s why that matters for middle class city dwellers—and suburbanites.
The richest Atlanta households earn almost 20 times more than the city’s poorest residents: $288,159 compared to $14,988.Read more
For starters, if you spend $98 million on the thing, why not run it more frequently?
Boosters say the streetcar will transport more people around downtown, connect riders to the larger MARTA system, and bring business to struggling areas of town. If they want to come close to that, here are six things they should consider doing based on my experience commuting by the Atlanta Streetcar for the past eight weeks.Read more
Amid its first major expansion in 40 years, MARTA faces a bigger challenge: convincing Atlantans that they want to ride
This is a historic chapter in MARTA’s history: the first major expansion in four decades. Much of the credit goes to the transit authority’s general manager and CEO Keith Parker, who joined MARTA in December 2012 when the agency was beleaguered with a fiscal crisis and plummeting ridership.Read more