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My day using MARTA Reach, aka the local Uber of public transit
Like the vast majority of Atlantans, I don’t live in walking distance to a MARTA train, a useability issue that transit experts refer to as the “first-mile/last-mile problem.” To address that problem, MARTA has piloted a creative solution: an on-demand rideshare system dubbed MARTA Reach. Similar to Uber or Lyft, the service takes passengers on short distances around town, generally from a stop near their house to a MARTA station or bus stop. I decided to test out the system's pilot program to see how it works.
MARTA has 400 buses that carry roughly 500,000 people every week. The transit agency wants to know how to carry more.
Should MARTA buses come more frequently or should they serve more people? The agency hopes to answer these questions to make a more robust system.
Commentary: Only transit investment—not tech hype—can solve Gwinnett’s transportation woes
"In communities like Gwinnett’s around the nation, we’ve also seen Uber, automated vehicles, hyperloop, and even flying cars offered as reasons not to commit to long-term transit planning. These expectations are wildly inflated." An automated vehicle specialist defends the need for conventional rail and bus service.
Gwinnett could finally welcome MARTA. Here’s what you need to know.
On March 19, Gwinnett County voters will convene at the polls to answer one consequential question: Do we want MARTA? Here's what to know before election day and what has happened with the MARTA referendum so far.
Commentary: Connecting MARTA’s proposed light rail to the current Atlanta Streetcar is a mistake
Back in November, voters overwhelmingly approved a sales tax increase to fund transit expansion in the City of Atlanta. MARTA just released its ideal expansion plans, which include bus rapid transit crisscrossing the city, late night and weekend bus service, and 21 miles of light rail. But there is a fatal flaw: the light rail infrastructure goes through one of the most congested part of town, the downtown path of the Atlanta Streetcar.
Light rail, transit to Emory, buses galore: This is MARTA and the city’s ideal scenario for expansion in Atlanta
The largest investment in Atlanta transit since MARTA was built would add light rail, express buses to some of the city’s most congested corridors, and at least two “transit centers,” according to a presentation delivered during a MARTA Board of Directors work session on Thursday.
CEO Jeffrey Parker talks about MARTA expansion and “The ATL”
One month into his tenure, Parker dished on his optimism for widespread transit expansion, MARTA’s venturing into mixed-use development, and the prospects of a region-wide system being called “The ATL.”
“There’s still an enormous amount of racial distrust in Atlanta.”
Just few weeks into her term, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks out about the election, her efforts to raise $1 billion for affordable housing, whether she’ll endorse in the governor’s race, and the sexism she encounters as a woman who, besides being a mother of four, is the mayor of Georgia’s largest city.
The MARTA Army wants you!
MARTA Army’s core team is comprised of Georgia Tech students and alumni, lawyers, accountants, designers, developers, and even teenagers who lend their skills to serve the overall objective: making MARTA a more efficient and appealing option in a city angling to become a pro-transit powerhouse.
How I ended up learning to drive at 39
I thought I would live in Chicago until the day I died. But life has a way of forcing you to improvise, to adjust, to do things you never imagined. For me, a lifelong Midwesterner, one of the greatest adjustments involved learning to drive.
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