June 15, 2023 



ATLANTA _ The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) and City of Atlanta announce 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.

 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 percent 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. Tour the route here Route Tour | MARTA Rapid Summerhill BRT - YouTube.

“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 General Manager and 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.”

“Investments in transit are really investments in our people, communities and future,” said Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens. “I came into office with a long-term vision to assure that all our residents would share in Atlanta’s growth and prosperity, and transit equity is a huge part of that charge.”

“BRT is the future of transit. I’ve spearheaded BRT projects in other cities and seen it transform communities,” added MARTA Chief Capital Officer Carrie Rocha. “BRT can be built faster and at lower cost, bringing the amenities of rail service while remaining flexible in ways rail is not. I’m excited to get started building the first BRT in the region!”

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. Visit MARTA Rapid | Summerhill Bus Rapid Transit - YouTube to hear from community members and business owners along the BRT route. 

For photos from the groundbreaking celebration and video of the BRT route click here Summerhill Groundbreaking EPK - OneDrive (live.com).


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