US: MARTA to Break Ground on Atlanta’s First BRT Route

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) and the City of Atlanta have announced that a groundbreaking celebration for the region’s first bus rapid transit (BRT) line will take place on 15 June.

The five-mile Summerhill/Capitol Avenue BRT route will connect downtown Atlanta to Capitol Gateway, Summerhill, Peoplestown, and the Beltline. It will also provide transfer points to MARTA’s heavy rail system at Five Points, Georgia State, and Garnett stations.

A rendering of the planned BRT stations
A rendering depicting the design of the planned BRT stations

Once construction is complete, new electric buses will operate on the high-capacity transit line using 85% dedicated lanes and transit signal priority.

The route will serve fourteen BRT stations with off-board fare collection facilities, real-time service information and level boarding.

MARTA General Manager and CEO Collie Greenwood said:

“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. This line will provide an efficient connection between historic city neighbourhoods, job centres, Georgia State, and our rail system, and will be the benchmark for future BRT lines in metro Atlanta.”

Revenue service on this line is expected to begin in Summer 2025.

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