Atlanta City Councilmember Marci Collier Overstreet to Join MARTA Officials for the Roll Out of New Buses and Mobility Vans
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February 2, 2018
Atlanta City Councilmember Marci Collier Overstreet to Join MARTA Officials
for the Rollout of New Buses and Mobility Vans
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at the Five Points Station, on the Alabama Street side,
at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 5
ATLANTA – Atlanta City Councilmember Marci Collier Overstreet will join the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) Monday to announce and begin rolling out the replacement of 25 percent of its bus and paratransit fleet over the next six years.
MARTA will introduce 387 buses and 211 Mobility vans between now and 2024. The new buses feature Wi-Fi, high-definition security cameras, high-capacity heating and air conditioning, heated entry and exit floors to prevent icing, and mobile ticketing. The new mobility vans have three wheelchair positions, non-slip flooring, and ambulatory seats with three-point seatbelts.
“We are excited to introduce these state-of-the-art buses and vans to MARTA’s fleet,” said MARTA Chief Operating Officer Rich Krisak. “The vehicles are safer, more comfortable, and feature upgrades that make the ride more enjoyable for passengers and operators.”
City Councilmember Marci Collier Overstreet serves Atlanta as the Vice Chair of Atlanta’s Transportation Committee.
“As Vice Chair of Atlanta’s Transportation Committee, I understand the economic importance of high-quality, safe and reliable public transportation. Therefore, I’m thrilled to have a part in announcing MARTA’s plan to replace 25 percent of its existing fleet with new efficient and more technologically advanced buses and mobility vans.” said Overstreet. “This is an important step which supports the City of Atlanta’s sustainability initiative and ultimately improves the quality of Atlanta’s extensive public transportation system. It is my hope that all of Atlanta residents and tourists alike enjoy the reliability and comfort of MARTA’s new buses. Most importantly, I applaud MARTA for making advancements to the mobility vans which will transform transportation experiences for those that need us the most. I look forward to supporting MARTA as it continues to serve our constituents by connecting all of Atlanta’s unique communities and surrounding cities.”
Krisak, Marci Collier Overstreet, MARTA interim GM/CEO Elizabeth O’Neill, MARTA Board of Directors Fulton County representative Alicia Ivey, along with other executives from MARTA and the vehicle manufacturers, will attend a ribbon cutting at the Five Points Station, on the Alabama Street side, at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 5. A new bus and mobility van will be on site for tours.
The new vehicles roll out in March. They were paid for with the local sales tax collected in Fulton, DeKalb, and Clayton counties, and the City of Atlanta.