It’s so frustrating to keep revisiting the issue of whether to build rail on the BeltLine after years of repeated voter and citizen support for the concept.
MARTA’s board of directors voted unanimously Thursday afternoon to move forward with the extending the Atlanta Streetcar to the BeltLine and north to Ponce City Market.
At long last! The MARTA board voted to advance the eastern extension of the Atlanta Streetcar to Ponce City Market at its meeting on April 13 – a move that was significant on multiple levels.
As a lover of transit – especially rail, my heart has been broken repeatedly by the unrealized opportunities metro Atlanta has had over several decades.
The week in local news.
At its Thursday meeting, the MARTA board elected a new chair, accepted the resignation of two board members, disclosed that the Atlanta Streetcar has been taken out of service for safety reasons and unanimously approved bus rapid transit as its preferred mode of service to Clayton County.
Irwin Street and Lake Avenue at the Atlanta BeltLine will be close to motor vehicles Nov. 7-13 to test a possible permanent closure for future Atlanta Streetcar service.
The Atlanta Streetcar extension onto the Eastside Atlanta BeltLine is moving toward a final design phase with no clear answer to its oldest question: What the heck is this transit service for, exactly?
MARTA’s new momentum toward extending the Atlanta Streetcar onto the Atlanta BeltLine by 2027 is “historic” but still too slow, some transit advocates say, and an example of how new federal funding can spur projects while raising questions of equity in which get money first. Meanwhile, MARTA has revealed key information about the project not […]
The Atlanta Streetcar’s long-awaited extension on an eastern segment of the Atlanta BeltLine could be running by 2027, said MARTA officials at a May 27 meeting where they unveiled a proposed route and stop locations. The line would extend between Edgewood Avenue and just south of Ponce de Leon Avenue. But first the transit agency […]
By Guest Columnist HOWARD S. WERTHEIMER, executive vice president and chief operating officer at the Piedmont Park Conservancy.
A number of years ago, when I was leading the Office of Capital Planning and Space Management at Georgia Tech, at a time when the City of Atlanta was deep into the throngs about building a new streetcar system, many people questioned the merits of making such a significant financial investment into a transit modality with limited flexibility. … It was more than obvious to many thought leaders that we should not invest in 19th century technologies….
The proposed investment priorities of More MARTA in the city of Atlanta feels as though we’re coming up short.In gauging the response of the proposed priorities and timeline of the More MARTA plan, it appears few are satisfied or comfortable with the plan as it stands.
Ruby and Michael Lamb didn’t think too much about being almost the only passengers on the Atlanta Streetcar early on Saturday afternoon. “I think they built it for tourists,” said Michael Lamb, visiting from Macon with his wife.
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 […]
Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) General Manager & CEO Jeffrey A. Parker and Chief of Police Wanda Y. Dunham took an inaugural ride on the Atlanta Streetcar after the Authority assumed operations this month. Mr. Parker and Chief Dunham spoke with those onboard, including members of a group from Denver who were using the streetcar […]
The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) will maintain the $1 fare to ride the Atlanta Streetcar. MARTA assumed ownership and day-to-day operations of the streetcar on Sunday, July 1. The four-car light rail system will be part of MARTA’s new Office of Light Rail Operations. This office will handle daily operations, maintenance, and technical […]
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 […]
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The Atlanta Streetcar is heading for MARTA management and ownership, but the document that will list the details of the transfer from the city to the agency is still some weeks from publication.
The transfer of the ownership and management of the Atlanta Streetcar from the city to MARTA will take about a year to finalize and will be retroactive to July 1, Atlanta’s Public Works commissioner said Wednesday.