The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) and City of Atlanta announced the construction of the region’s first bus rapid transit (BRT) line, newly named MARTA Rapid.
Construction on the line will begin immediately with service scheduled for 2025.
MARTA’s New BRT Line
The five-mile BRT line will connect downtown Atlanta to Capitol Gateway, Summerhill, Peoplestown, and the Beltline, with connections to MARTA’s heavy rail system at Five Points, Georgia State, and Garnett Stations.
The high-capacity transit line will have new electric buses and operate in 85% dedicated lanes with transit signal priority. Fourteen BRT stations along the route will feature off-board fare collection so you can pay before you board, real-time service information, and level boarding, along with other amenities consistent with rail stations.
“We are excited to celebrate this milestone in the More MARTA Atlanta Program and get started building the region’s first BRT line in this vital city corridor,” said MARTA GM/CEO Collie Greenwood. “This line will provide an efficient connection between historic city neighborhoods, job centers, Georgia State, and our rail system, and will be the benchmark for future BRT lines in metro Atlanta.”
MARTA Rapid will be the name for the overall BRT system in metro Atlanta, with individual lines denoted by color, similar to the rail system. For example, MARTA Rapid Silver or MARTA Rapid Purple. The color of the Summerhill BRT line is still being determined.
MARTA has BRT lines planned for Clayton Southlake, SR54/Jonesboro Road, Campbellton Road, Clifton Corridor, and on GA 400.
The Summerhill BRT line is funded through a federal TIGER Grant and the More MARTA Atlanta half-penny sales tax.