I like this short piece in from Atlanta Magazine about the importance of MARTA during this crazy weekend when Atlanta is hosting so many events. We’ve got DragonCon, Braves games, high school football at the Dome, Black Gay Pride, the nearby Decatur Book Festival and many other things happening over the next three days.
Quotes from the article:
…MARTA makes all of these events work. According to the transit agency, last year’s Labor Day Saturday saw about 208,400 rail system entries—double what the system sees on a typical Saturday.
The Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates this weekend’s events will generate more than $70 million for the city and bring in more than 230,000 visitors, and MARTA is a key ingredient.
Basically, we wouldn’t be able to take on events of this nature if we didn’t have MARTA to help people get around. Atlanta is reaping the rewards of the investment in transit infrastructure made decades ago. That’s the way it works.
Marta photo by Instagram user Nicole Childs