This is a nice photo from Wendy Darling (wdarling) of crowds today at the Megabus stop downtown on West Peachtree Street. Wendy writes:
All people waiting on various Megabuses out of Atlanta. A lady has organized us into groups. I’m with the TN folks. (Taken with Instagram at MARTA - Civic Center Station)
It’s an appropriate day to post about intercity bus riders since this morning it was announced that the downtown Atlanta Multimodal Passenger Terminal has been fast-tracked by the federal government. This status will cut the permit & review time for the project down significantly, with a January 2014 completion pegged. After that, the construction phase can begin.
According to documentation on the MMPT at the Georgia DOT site, the terminal will in part provide a new passenger hub for intercity buses such as Megabus and Greyhound.
This is a welcome project in my book. As you can see in the photo above, the Megabus crowds are not well suited for the sidewalk in front of this MARTA station. I can’t imagine the scene in the rain. And the downtown Greyhound station is so sad I’m not even going to depress you with a photo of it.
This news about the MMPT may not be as exciting as a guarantee of High Speed Rail, but I’ll take progress as it comes.