In the wake of the Interstate 85 collapse last week, Atlanta commuters are seeking new options to get to and through the city for the foreseeable future.
According to MARTA CEO Keith Parker, the system saw a 25 percent bump in ridership on Friday—the first day after the bridge collapse. While numbers haven't been released yet for Monday, reports of full trains and packed parking lots indicate that MARTA is benefiting from the disaster.
In fact, the agency's Twitter account warned those looking for parking spaces Monday morning at some of the northernmost stations to continue heading south due to capacity crowds. While special events can lead to crowded decks, the packing of parking lots to capacity is a rare occurrence—and a bright spot in the fallout of what will go down as one of the city's most trying moments.
And with many Atlanta school districts out on Spring Break this week, things are only going to get worse before they get better.
To help ease the rush and make things easier for anyone wanting to try transit, we've compiled a map highlighting commute alternative options.
In addition to commuters, the information is also useful for folks heading to the airport.
And for those who live in counties without MARTA service, we've also included GRTA Xpress bus services, which could be helpful for anyone who commutes from farther afield.
With what will likely be months of closures, this resource could come in handy for a while.
Note that this is not an exhaustive map of MARTA and GRTA Xpress options, but it highlights the most likely routes affected by the Interstate 85 collapse. Also, routes are subject to change as detours and road closures are revised. Check with MARTA and GRTA for the most current information.Read More