Three major aspects of Atlanta's rapid transit system are examined: A description of the MARTA system and how it will differ from San Francisco's BART and Washington, D.C.'s Metro systems. The anticipated impact of the new transit system on traffic patterns and the metropolitan area's urban struture and the problems which transportation engineers will face in coping with construction detours. MARTA varies from other transit systems in a number of technical aspects and also reflects differences in operating philosophy, local economics and engineering preferences. Atlanta's train control will be flexible, permitting trains to be operated manually or automatically. A control computer will monitor the movement of every train on the network. MARTA's communication system will carry a continuous flow of train traffic information to the control complex, another will monitor every electrical operating device on the transit system. Telephones will be available for emergency maintenance, and administration. Closed-circuit television and a public address system in stations will also be included. The MARTA transit plan is expected to curb the "urban sprawl" by tying the entire region together by means of a dominant public transportation system and concentrating future high-rise housing and commercial development along MARTA lines. In an effort to increase transit ridership, MARTA has increased its service, increased the number of buses, and lowered its fares. During the next few years, construction of the system will require the closing of 200 streets and 60 of the closures require affected cities to plan new traffic patterns and manage traffic flows that are still unpredictable.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

    Washington, DC  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Salter, W O
  • Publication Date: 1978-1

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 23-26
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00179823
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 31 1981 12:00AM