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MARTA's Parker named '2015 Outstanding Public Transportation Manager'
MARTA's Parker named '2015 Outstanding Public Transportation Manager'

July 10, 2015
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) has selected MARTA’s GM/CEO Keith T. Parker, AICP, as the 2015 Outstanding Public Transportation Manager. This highly prestigious award is in recognition of Parker’s major accomplishments at MARTA and his contributions to the public transportation industry during his two decade career. “I’m deeply humbled to be recognized by APTA

MARTA garnering support for $8B commuter rail expansion
MARTA garnering support for $8B commuter rail expansion

July 15, 2015
ATLANTA — Over the next seven months, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) will reach out to local leaders and state lawmakers with the aim of building support for an $8 billion expansion of commuter rail that would transform the region, reported the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. If successful, metro Atlanta will be a single file of major economic development up

MARTA expanding paid parking at rail stations
MARTA expanding paid parking at rail stations

December 31, 2014
ATLANTA — Looking to earn more money from paid parking at its rail stations, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) issued a request-for-proposals to hire a company to operate paid parking lots at 10 rail stations, reported the Atlanta Business Chronicle. MARTA is seeking a revenue-sharing deal with the parking operator it hires. MARTA's RFP envisions parking revenues

MARTA delays vote on privatizing paratransit services

November 10, 2014
ATLANTA — The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority’s (MARTA) board delayed making a controversial decision on whether to pursue outsourcing its paratransit services, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Members of the union that represent MARTA’s paratransit drivers have protested the transit agency’s move to accept proposals from private providers, saying outsourcing could cost

Five Questions: Keith Parker, GM/CEO MARTA
Five Questions: Keith Parker, GM/CEO MARTA

February 21, 2014
When taking over as GM/CEO of MARTA in Dec. 2012, Parker, who has a large array of both public and private sector experience in diverse communities around the country, said he’d like to change the perception of the agency. He speaks exclusively to METRO Magazine’s Managing Editor Alex Roman on how he has been able to do just that in a relatively short amount of time. How is MARTA perceived now

MARTA expanding rail station concessions
MARTA expanding rail station concessions

August 8, 2014
Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) rail customers may be able to pick up a quick breakfast or even do some shopping while waiting for the train as the transit system ramps up the next phase of its concessions program. The new initiative will include food, beverage and specialty retail offerings at select rail stations that will expand and enhance MARTA’s existing beverage

MARTA's hands-free, self-cleaning bathroom is the 'future'
MARTA's hands-free, self-cleaning bathroom is the 'future'

February 20, 2015
ATLANTA — The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) believes it's found the public restroom of the future: a high-tech, hands-free, self-cleaning, vandal-resistant, loiter-proof bathroom built to address every mass transit agency concern and offer safe and sanitary service to the fare-paying public, CityLab reported. The agency opened the new restroom about a month ago in MARTA

MARTA developing real estate as way to generate revenue, riders
MARTA developing real estate as way to generate revenue, riders

July 22, 2014
Tim Adams via Flickr ATLANTA — The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) is quietly becoming a player in the real estate world, as the agency has pushed forward with plans to develop under-used parking lots at three stations into mixed-use commercial and residential buildings, CityLab reported. MARTA officials expect the new transit oriented development program to pay off

City of Atlanta, MARTA to operate streetcar
City of Atlanta, MARTA to operate streetcar

May 15, 2014
The Atlanta Streetcar will be jointly managed by the City of Atlanta and MARTA, the City and MARTA announced this week in conjunction with their project partner, the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID). RELATED: Atlanta Revisits its Streetcar 'Routes' to Help Revitalize City In the official notice to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the three project partners outlined

San Francisco pilots 'pee-repellent' paint to stop public urination
San Francisco pilots 'pee-repellent' paint to stop public urination

July 28, 2015
drinkers often can’t be bothered to find a bathroom, according to the report. RELATED: MARTA to install urine detectors in station elevators Public urination has long been a problem in San Francisco. Legislation banning it in 2002 but has seen little success, despite a $50-to-$500 fine, SFGate reported. Since January, there have been 375 requests to steam clean urine. For the full story

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