misssed the bus Marta Changes Start This Weekend

New Marta cuts may affect your daily commute…….

Effective Saturday 2,700 Marta stops will be discontinued, Marta trains will no longer run before 6:00 am on the weekends, and various Marta departments will cancel their long hours.  Commuters will also see an increase in fare and an end to tokens in October.  Marta claims the reason for the changes, is to deal with budget cutbacks because of the economy and a decline in funds from Dekalb and Fulton county commuters. Marta Spokesman Lyle Harris explained a lot of the changes taking effect this weekend to Jean Ross.

Fare hikes will not happen until Oct but Harris says if you still have any of the old Marta tokens use them or turn them in by Sept. 30 or else they will be just a souvenir.

  1. Stacey Hopkins says:

    This affect more than just workers, but students as well. My son attends TEACH/Fulton Science Academy in Alpharetta and gets up at 5am to travel from Hapeville to the school. The new cuts mean that my child, along with other southside Atlanta children who make the sacrifice every day to get an education that they can’t get in their own neighborhoods, will now have to walk over a mile to the school as the MARTA bus that dropped them off on Old Milton Parkway has been reduced. The school stop has been eliminated by MARTA.

    Students who go to North Springs High, Independence High and Chattahootchee High are also in similar circumstances. If your child is affected by these cuts and attends any of the schools mentioned above, there will be a meeting tomorrow at TEACH/Fulton Science Academy, 4100 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta at 1pm. I’d like to have a meeting next week on the southside of town with the objective of bringing parents together to plan a strategy to sit down with MARTA officials along with school administrators. If anyone is interested in joining me in this effort, please email me at coffeepartyatl@gmail.com. All I know is that acceptance of this isn’t an option.

  2. Debbie H says:

    Marta should be ashamed at the way they are treating commuters. This new round of changes is going to eventually cost Marta reputation to suffer. Commuters are Marta’s bread and butter. Why are they slamming us. Why not decrease some of that corporate fat.

  3. Therese says:

    This is terrible what is being done to the inner-city. I saw a blk man who was waiting on the last bus, I believe it was route 59. This man was a transplant from New Orleans, with lots of medical issues to include being on a walker. This is terrible. We have regress to a position of inhumanity.

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