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Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) is part of a regional solution to transportation, and is working across the region with transit partners and planning agencies. Even as fuel prices fluctuate, MARTA will be part of environmental and traffic alleviation goals. MARTA is planning new services, upgrades, transit partnerships, and is part of envisioning new transit solutions such as the Beltline.

A quarter century and more than 3.5 billion rides later, it is hard to imagine Atlanta without MARTA trains and buses. But there was a time – not that long ago – when Atlanta’s modern transit system existed only on paper.

In the 1950s, planners recognized the importance of public transportation – including a new rail system – to the growth of Atlanta and the region. In the 1960s regional planners and transit experts focused on proposals for rapid transit systems, highlighted by a Metropolitan Atlanta Transit Study Commission report recommending a 66-mile, five-county rail system with feeder bus operation and park-and-ride facilities. Action shifted to the legislative arena and by 1965, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority Act was passed by the state legislature and subsequently approved in four counties and the City of Atlanta, creating MARTA.

In 2006, MARTA joined the Atlanta Regional Commission and the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority in partnership to create the Transit Planning Board (TPB). The TPB's mission is to create the next regional plan for expanding and funding public transportation for the entire Atlanta Region.

MARTA's Vision and Mission


"MARTA - The transportation choice of the Atlanta Region"


"The mission of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority is to strengthen communities, advance economic competitiveness, and respect the environment by providing a safe and customer-focused regional transit system."

Strategic Priorities


MARTA Headquarters
ATTN: Department/Name 2424 Piedmont Road
NE Atlanta GA 30324-3311

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(404) 848-5000

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