Starting tomorrow, May 27, MARTA is adding more rail cars to its Red and Gold line trains as part of ongoing system improvements, including shorter wait times for trains and more frequent bus service. According to a media release, trains running on both lines will be extended from four to six cars during regular weekday service.

“When we added more frequent trains, we realized we’d have the opportunity to fine-tune the service, and that’s what we’re doing now,” said Keith T. Parker, MARTA’s GM/CEO. “We’ve been getting a lot of positive feedback about shorter wait times, and we’ll keep looking for other ways to make our bus and rail service more attractive by listening to customers about how we can keep making MARTA better.”

Over the next few weeks, MARTA will be evaluating the appropriate balance of train lengths.

The previously announced enhanced service times of five-minute waits on the trunk (before the lines split) and 10-minute waits on the branches will remain the same. In order to minimize crowding, customers are being asked to also board the trains in the middle of the platform, not just at the ends.

For more information, visit itsmarta.com and download the MARTA “On The Go” mobile app, available on iPhone and Android, for real-time train and bus arrivals.

 

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.