The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) is hosting a virtual rider workshop for MARTA Reach, a six-month pilot rideshare service designed to connect riders to-and-from MARTA bus and rail. In partnership with Georgia Tech, MARTA Reach will test how on-demand shuttles can be used to make it easier and faster for customers to get to their destinations using MARTA and help minimize waiting and walking.
The virtual workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, February 8, 2022, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm and is accessed through Zoom here.
MARTA and Tech representatives will present information on how the service will work, where it will operate, and how to use it.
As stated in a press release, “exploring first- and last-mile connectivity options is important in providing transit service that meets the needs of everyone in metro Atlanta,” said MARTA Interim General Manager Collie Greenwood. “This pilot program will test the system’s efficiency and provide information on whether a large-scale version would work across MARTA’s service area as we undertake a comprehensive redesign of our bus network.”
MARTA Reach launches Tuesday, March 1, in West Atlanta, Belvedere, and Gillem Logistics Center and costs the same as a MARTA fare, $2.50. The service runs from 6 am until 7 pm Monday through Friday and is a ridesharing service, meaning other passengers may be picked up and dropped off during your trip. According to MARTA documents, additional details of a launch event to be held in late February will be shared soon.
MARTA and Georgia Tech Research Cooperation received a $1 million grant last fall from the U.S. National Science Foundation to pilot the program.