ATLANTA -- As commuters brace for a scale of traffic gridlock unlike any other in recent memory on Monday, MARTA is rolling out a web-based tracking tool on Monday.
The new system will provide up-to-the-minute capacity updates for 10 parking facilities across the MARTA rail system, according to MARTA CEO and General Manager Keith Parker.
"The launch of this real-time parking platform enables riders to plan their morning commutes to our various stations that have been near or at capacity since the I-85 bridge collapse,” said Parker. “With the increase in ridership, it is imperative that we look to enhance our communications to help make everyone’s commute as worry-free as possible.”
The site will provide real-time updates Monday through Friday, 6-10 a.m. for MARTA's busiest parking facilities, including North Springs, Sandy Springs and College Park. Periodic updates will be made throughout the business day.
The new MARTA parking webpage is located at www.itsmarta.com/parking and will go live at 6 am.
MARTA is also encouraging riders to take advantage of ride sharing services, carpool, biking or use designated Kiss/Ride lanes. MARTA buses offer free transfers at rail stations and every vehicle is equipped with a bicycle rack.
“We are especially excited about our partnership with Uber,” said Parker. “The company is offering a 50 percent discount off their pool fare for trips to and from MARTA stations.”
In the initial days following the I-85 bridge collapse, MARTA ridership surged 20 percent system-wide. Breeze card purchases, as well as data from gate usage and parking operations, also signaled a strong uptick in ridership across the system.
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“During the morning commute times this week, our on time performance for rail service has averaged more than 98 percent, indicating that our trains are arriving on time and moving efficiently through the system,” said Parker. “We have operator-ready buses and rail cars on standby to quickly add more service during peak hours, as needed.”
Thousands of MARTA riders will be greeted again Monday by additional station agents and volunteers assigned to help first-time customers with everything from using the Breeze vending machine to downloading MARTA’s free “On The Go” app to navigate the best route to their destination.