MARTA Launches On-Demand Transit Pilot Program
MARTA Reach Provides Rideshare Service in Clayton, DeKalb, & Fulton Counties
MARTA, in partnership with Georgia Tech, has launched MARTA Reach, a six-month pilot rideshare service designed to connect riders to-and-from MARTA bus and rail. MARTA Reach will test how on-demand shuttles can be used to make it easier and faster for customers to get to their destinations using MARTA and help minimize waiting and walking.
“This pilot program combines on-demand rideshare with public transit, providing personal transportation at a low cost, and will be a vital connection to the larger MARTA system for those customers in areas underserved by transit,” said MARTA Interim General Manager Collie Greenwood. “I’m eager to see how it’s used, it’s efficiency, and whether the program could be adopted and expanded to help complement our upcoming bus network redesign.”
MARTA Reach is available in West Atlanta, Belvedere, and Gillem Logistics Center and costs the same as a MARTA fare, $2.50. The service runs from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and is a ridesharing service, meaning other passengers may be picked up and dropped off during your trip.
“This on-demand service will provide a much-needed solution for folks that need dependable transportation. There are about 2,500 employees within Gillem Logistics complex across 17 business that have employees that need reliable transportation. This on-demand service should have a positive impact on Kroger’s ability to attract and retain people wanting to work,” said Kroger Fulfillment Center General Manager David Matthews.
Professor Pascal Van Hentenryck and Georgia Tech’s Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) team is providing the technology, including routing logic, and rider, operator, and administrator system apps for the project.
“MARTA’s leadership is very forward-thinking, and they are working to determine the future of public transportation,” said Van Hentenryck. “They have been extremely collaborative throughout the process and provided us with vast amounts of data and insights to drive the process.”
“Georgia Tech’s mission calls us to develop leaders who advance technology and improve the human condition. To use our research and expertise to improve lives and livelihoods. That’s why we’re here. We’re grateful for the opportunity, for the support of MARTA and the National Science Foundation, and for the great work by Professor Van Hentenryck’s team,” said Ángel Cabrera, President, Georgia Institute of Technology.
To order a ride download the MARTA Reach app from your smartphone’s mobile app store. The app will guide you to designated pick-up and drop-off stops near the beginning or end of your trip. If there’s not a stop where you’d like, you can request additional stop locations in the app. Riders who do not have a smartphone can call MARTA Customer Service at 404-848-5000 to request a ride. All MARTA Reach vehicles are wheelchair and stroller accessible.
MARTA and Georgia Tech Research Cooperation received a $1 million grant last fall from the U.S. National Science Foundation to pilot the program. Learn more https://itsmarta.com/reach.aspx.