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Audit finds MARTA did not mishandle finances

On Monday, the state auditor's report, which was ordered by the Georgia General Assembly's Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) oversight committee, found that there are no deficiencies or improprieties in how the agency is handling its finances.   Despite the "woefully inaccurate allegations that were leveled

MARTA toughens anti-distracted driving policy

On Thursday, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) approved a new anti-distracted driving policy.

MARTA railcars to have television

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) railcars will soon house monitors that will broadcast updated news segments, music and transit service information. The monitors, which will have closed captioning, are slated to be installed this spring in 115 railcars, as a result of a partnership with MARTA, the Rail Network and WSB-TV. Officials told the Atlanta

Rocket launcher found at MARTA rail station

A used military rocket launcher has been found at a rail station for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The device, which reports indicate is a model commonly used for training purposes, was found at the Hamilton-Holmes rail station and is being examined by the FBI. MARTA workers found the device at about 2 p

MARTA ARRA funds reallocation approved

At their regular board meeting, the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) approved an Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) proposal to reallocate $25 million of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus funds to the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). The measure must now be signed by Gov. Sonny

MARTA launches color-coded rail system

On Thursday, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) launched a color-coded rail-line identification system that’s designed to help transit riders more easily navigate the system

MARTA to clarify eating, drinking restrictions

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) will begin posting and distributing communications materials reminding customers that, while a new state law allows eating and drinking in its rail and intermodal stations, the consumption of food on MARTA trains and buses is still prohibited. Since a new law went into effect

Atlanta to establish regional planning board

The Metropolitan Atlanta Regional Transit Authority (MARTA) board of directors voted this week to support the creation of a regional planning board. The 18-member board, to be made up of political and transportation leaders, as well as MARTA personnel, will spend the next two years researching Atlanta’s transit issues. The board’s responsibility will be to recommend ways to increase

Alstom wins $127 million MARTA contract

The Board of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) has awarded Alstom a contract valued at $127 million to overhaul 120 cars of its existing rapid transit fleet of 248 cars. The type CQ311 cars were built between 1985 and 1988, and their refurbishment will extend their operating life by 15 to 20 years. The contract also includes an option for Alstom to overhaul up to 118

MARTA proposes fare hikes, job cuts

Facing a projected $18 million deficit next year, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) has proposed a 25-cent fare hike on the system’s trains and buses. In addition to increasing one-way fares from $1.75 to $2, MARTA’s board of directors is also considering charging people to use several complimentary shuttle buses and upping the fees on long-term parking lots. MARTA

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