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MARTA in Your Life

 In 2009, MARTA marked its 30th Anniversary as a combined rail, bus and paratransit system. Thanks to visionary leadership, dedicated staff and a growing base of loyal customers, MARTA enhances greater Atlanta by providing safer, greener, accessible and affordable transportation for everyone.

MARTA matters whether you're a daily commuter, a business traveler, a conventioneer or tourist connecting to Hartsfield-Jackson airport. Whether you're a senior citizen who no longer drives, a disabled resident needing a ride to the supermarket or a college student on a limited budget; MARTA matters. Consider this:

  • MARTA provides 500,000 daily passenger boardings 54 percent of those are customers going to work and 10 percent to use it get to school;
  • About 46 percent of MARTA customers use it to get to a job that they have no other way to make the trip;
  • About 10 percent of MARTA customers use it for medical trips;
  • MARTA removes 185,000 cars from the Atlanta region highways;
  • Riding a transit bus is 91 times safer than travelling in a car;
  • Since 2001, there has been a roughly 45 percent increase in MARTA paratransit ridership;
  • About 13 percent of residents over 55 years old in MARTA's core service area (Atlanta, Fulton and DeKalb counties) intend to ride MARTA when they can no longer drive;
  • If MARTA stopped running, annual traffic delays in Atlanta (already second only to Los Angeles) would increase by 1.25 million hours and cost an additional $245 million in congestion costs (i.e. gas consumption, tardy deliveries and employee productivity);
  • By reducing the number of daily commuters who would otherwise be clogging our roads and highways, MARTA increases the overall speed and fuel efficiency of those who choose to drive while also helping to reduce air pollution making it a much greener travel option

  1. MARTA Department of Research and Analysis
  2. American Public Transportation Association, http://www.publictransportation.org/resources/pt2_press_kit.asp
  3. MARTA Department of Research and Analysis Atlantas Aging Population
  4. Benefits From Public Transportation Service and Operations Strategies for Atlanta, GA, TTI Mobility Report, pg 7

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