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MARTA to assume operations of Atlanta Streetcar

Posted on June 6, 2018

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority will assume ownership and day-to-day operations of the Atlanta Streetcar from the City of Atlanta on July 1. Photo: MARTA
The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority will assume ownership and day-to-day operations of the Atlanta Streetcar from the City of Atlanta on July 1. Photo: MARTA
The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) will assume ownership and day-to-day operations of the Atlanta Streetcar from the City of Atlanta on July 1.

The four-car light rail system will be integrated into MARTA operations and its new Office of Light Rail Operations. This office will handle all daily operations, maintenance, and technical inspections. Communications, human resources, and policing, as well as other support services, will be provided by staff within current MARTA departments.

“As MARTA looks at ways to provide more and better transit options, the streetcar presents an opportunity to expand with light rail,” said MARTA COO Rich Krisak.


Atlanta's four-car light rail system will be integrated into MARTA operations and its new Office of Light Rail Operations. Photo: MARTA
Atlanta's four-car light rail system will be integrated into MARTA operations and its new Office of Light Rail Operations. Photo: MARTA
MARTA is currently focused on four transition objectives: enhancing safety and security on the streetcar, increasing ridership, reducing operating costs, and system integration. The streetcar’s 2.7-mile circular route presents an opportunity for MARTA to provide last-mile connectivity to riders, aligning rail schedules so commuters can use the streetcar for the last leg of their trip. The transition will also allow the streetcar to be integrated into the area’s larger transportation system which received a boost this legislative session with the passage of House Bill 930.

The MARTA Board of Directors will determine the fare for the streetcar at tomorrow’s board meeting. Other operational decisions such as service frequency and route expansion will be made after the transition is complete.

The operating budget will be underwritten by More MARTA, the 2016 half-penny sales tax referendum.

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