Monday, April 29, 2013
In case you ride MARTA, read about their new security protocols.
Our friends at MARTA have just sent Cascade Patch a press release about the security changes that they are implementing after the deadly Boston Marathon bombings. According to the written statement by Cara Hodgson, MARTA is "heightening security on the transit system." Hodgson says that there are no imminent threats towards the transit system or its riders, but that they want to be proactive and take this opportunity to be even safer. MARTA is taking the following proactive measures: The MARTA Police Department (MPD) is working directly with federal, state and local agencies, including the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) and the Transit Security Administration (TSA) in Washington, D. C. to stay updated on any recommendations …
Sunday, January 13, 2013
MARTA is holding public hearings Jan. 22 and Jan. 24 about possible bus route changes.
MARTA is considering route changes that could affect Bus Route 6, which runs through the Emory campus and connects to the Lindbergh and Inman Park/Reynoldstown train stations. MARTA users who want to learn more and share their feedback can attend one of three public hearings this month. The closest hearing will be 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur. A community exchange will be held 6-7 p.m. Here's MARTA's description of the possible changes to Route 6 – Emory: Realign services to operate a short turn alignment from Lindbergh Station to the North Decatur and Oxford Roads traffic circle (roundabout) and continue operation from Lindbergh Station to Inman Park/Reynoldstown Station via alternating trips on …
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Make note of these holiday changes.
Downtown will have several activities for New Year's Eve including the Chick-fil-A Bowl at the Georgia Dome, the Peach Drop at Underground Atlanta and other events. To accommodate these activities, MARTA is offering event rail service to get customers to their destinations. Additional staff and police will be on hand to assist patrons. On New Year’s Eve, bus service will operate a regular weekday schedule. Some bus routes will be rerouted for both the Chick-fil-A Bowl Parade and Peach Drop. Beginning at 4 p.m., buses serving Five Points will be rerouted to other stations through the end of regular service. These bus changes are listed as follows: Listed below are the stations most convenient to various New Year’s Eve events: Chick-…
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Listing of service changes.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
by Patch Staff The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority will operate holiday service Thursday and Friday and will implement bus reroutes to accommodate the Atlanta Half Marathon and Macy's Tree Lighting. This Thanksgiving holiday weekend, there will be several events throughout the city including the Macy’s Tree Lighting at Lenox Square Mall and the Atlanta Hawks game. To accommodate these activities, MARTA will have event rail service available to get customers quickly to their destinations. Additional staff and police will be on hand to assist patrons. Parking for less than 24 hours is free at all of MARTA’s daily parking facilities. Customers parking in the decks at Lindbergh Center Station must park in MARTA designated areas …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
All MARTA buses will have cameras by June 2013
Security cameras were installed on seven MARTA buses this week as part of the agency's effort to prevent crime on public transportation. The MARTA board of directors approved the $17 million project in 2011 and all buses are expected to have cameras installed by June 2013. The installations this week are part of a pilot program to test out the technology. Each bus will have 11 cameras — three outside and eight inside. The cameras capture real-time audio and video that feeds into a 17-inch monitor behind the driver for riders to use. “MARTA is dedicated to ensuring that all reasonable measures are taken to secure the safety of customers and employees,” MARTA Police Chief Wanda Dunham said in a statement. “We are confident that this …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Software glitch blamed for credit, debit payment snafu.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
UPDATE: This is MARTA's statement regarding the problem regarding Breeze card payment functions, which have been offline all weekend. As MARTA Breeze vending machine delays continue systemwide, customers are asked to continue to use cash for all Breeze card transactions at vending machines and Ridestores. Customers who have Breeze cards with fare products already loaded on the card will not experience delays and should proceed to the faregates for entry as normal. All other customers must have cash to purchase fare media at the Breeze vending machines or Ridestores. Throughout the Labor Day Weekend, MARTA has been working diligently with Cubic - the Breeze system vendor - to correct system issues. The identified key contributor to system …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Going to events this weekend? Consider taking MARTA.
This Labor Day weekend, take a break from both work and traffic. You can take MARTA to sporting events, Dragon*Con and the Decatur Book Festival, to name a few events, according to a press release. To accommodate activities during the long weekend, MARTA will have special event rail service available to get customers quickly to their destinations. Additional staff and police will be on hand to assist patrons. You are encouraged to purchase a roundtrip fare at the start of your trip to avoid long lines on the return. Parking for less than 24 hours is free at all MARTA’s daily parking facilities. Customers parking in the decks at Lindbergh Center Station must park in MARTA designated areas and validate their parking ticket at machines …
Friday, August 24, 2012
School to meet with parents, neighbors and DeKalb County officials Aug. 30.
Following months of debate and controversy regarding noise, traffic and concerns about potential development, officials from the Frazer Center say they have developed a three-pronged plan that should satisfy its Druid Hills and Lake Claire neighbors. The Frazer Center — located at 1815 So. Ponce de Leon Ave. NE — is a not-for-profit organization that serves infants, preschoolers and adults with physical and developmental disabilities such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida and Down's syndrome. Officials have planned a 7 p.m. public meeting on Aug. 30 in school atrium to discuss their proposals. The plans include a proposed ordinance to create a Frazer Center District Overlay and two special land use permits governing its events facility and …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
MARTA wants Atlantans to leave their cars at home and use public transportation tomorrow.
MARTA is encouraging people all over Atlanta to put their car keys away and use public transportation tomorrow as part of the national Dump the Pump Day. The transit system's website features a list of Dump the Pump Day facts about using public transit, including the obvious gas savings and congestion relief, but also points about saving money and providing job opportunities. Plus, they feature a commute calculator feature that takes into account the specifics of your personal commute and uses them to show just how much you would save by using public transportation. If you find that you really like using public transportation to get around, check out the ways that the Clean Air Campaign can reward you for it. Are you going to participate …
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
If built, would you be a frequent user?
MARTA approved this week a $1.16 billion plan to build 8.8 miles of light rail between its existing Lindbergh Station and Avondale train stops. Also known as its Clifton Corridor plan, the new rail would service whiz through the Emory area and include stops at Cheshire Bridge, Sage Hill, CDC/Emory Point and Emory-Rollins. It's a big, juicy, ambitious whopper of a transportation plan, and while MARTA's sign off is significant, this project has quite a few more approvals and hoops to step through before you're standing on a train platform. (Including a regional one-cent sales tax vote July 31 that would cover $700 million of the project's cost.) MARTA officials said the project may need an additional eight years of testing and planning …