First Line of Atlanta's New Transit System Opens

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1979, Vol. 49, Issue 7, Pg. 77-82

Document Type: Feature article


With lessons learned from San Francisco and Washington, D.C., Atlanta hopes to avoid some of the problems encountered by those cities in building and operating its new transit system. The first line of that system, known as MARTA for Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, opens for passengers this month. When complete, the system will encompass 53 miles of rail line and 8 miles of busways served by 41 passenger stations. It is expected to provide some relief against a gasoline-starved transportation future; it will also help to revitalize parts of the deteriorating center city. Covered are facts about the subway section, elevated structures, trackwork, stations and the unique organization that designed and is building the system. Also, a sidebar article on restructuring the urban environment by planning the development of station sites is by Paul E. Potter, who worked as assistant director of design for general consultant Parsons Brinckerhoff/Tudor.

Subject Headings: Atlanta | Georgia | United States

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