Courtesy Atlanta Streetcar

The MARTA Board of Directors voted Friday to keep the existing $1 fare to ride the Atlanta Streetcar. Other operational decisions such as service frequency and route expansion will come after MARTA assumes ownership from the City of Atlanta on July 1.

The four-car light rail system will be part of MARTA’s new Office of Light Rail Operations. This office will handle daily operations, maintenance, and technical inspections. Communications, human resources, and policing, as well as other support services, will be provided by staff within current MARTA departments.

The transition will also allow the streetcar to be integrated into the area’s larger transportation system which received a boost this legislative session with the passage of House Bill 930.

The operating budget will be underwritten by More MARTA, the 2016 half-penny sales tax referendum.

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.