MARTA ANNOUNCES SERVICE PLAN FOR SUPER BOWL LIII
The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) will have extended rail and bus service hours during the ten-day period surrounding Super Bowl LIII.
MARTA General Manager & CEO Jeffrey Parker announced the plan during a Super Bowl preparedness media event held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Friday, Oct. 19.
Mr. Parker was joined by Atlanta Police Department Chief Erika Shields, Atlanta Fire Department Chief Randall Slaughter, Commissioner of Public Works James Jackson, and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport General Manager John Selden in a panel discussion about how Atlanta is preparing to host the world’s largest sporting event.
MARTA’s Super Bowl service plan is as follows:
Tuesday, Jan. 29 – Friday, Feb. 1 – rail service will start early at 4 a.m.
Beginning Friday, Feb. 1 at 4 a.m. rail service will run continuously, 24 hours a day, until 2 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5
Bus service will operate on a regular schedule Tuesday, Jan. 29 – Friday, Feb. 1
Beginning Friday, Feb. 1 at 4 a.m. bus service on routes 15, 39, 83, and 96 will run continuously, 24 hours a day, until 2 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5
The streetcar will operate on its regular schedule and add an additional vehicle on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3.
“We have three groups of riders we must consider during the ten days of events,” said MARTA General Manager & CEO Jeffrey Parker. “MARTA has its regular riders who depend on us, we have employees, event staff, and volunteers who will need transportation during all hours of the day and night, and we have the estimated million people who will be in town to enjoy the festivities. We are committed to providing safe, reliable, and convenient service to all of our valued riders.”
MARTA is also issuing a commemorative Breeze card to mark the event. These cards will be available for purchase in advance of the game and surrounding events. Details on how and where to purchase will be released this winter.
MARTA, along with other City of Atlanta agencies, has been preparing for the Super Bowl activities for well over a year. In addition to the Authority’s thousands of operators, engineers, and facilities and maintenance staff who will be working, MARTA is deploying its administrative staff to serve as transit ambassadors to assist patrons at rail stations. The MARTA Police Department is also supplementing it’s force with officers from other transit agencies to help maintain a safe, secure system.
Other preparations include updating signs and audio and electronic announcements, cleaning facilities, and working on increasing parking capacity at end-of-line and high-volume rail stations.