Bus rapid transit is like a MARTA line on tires instead of rails. Passengers board at stations, not bus stops. The vehicles make few stops, and they usually travel in dedicated bus lanes or on highway express lanes like the ones that have opened in recent years across metro Atlanta.
But MARTA CEO Jeffrey Parker said it's hard to picture bus rapid transit if you've never seen it. That's why the agency has led a series of trips to other communities over the last two years – including a trip to Los Angeles with Fulton County officials in 2017.
“We saw it in Minneapolis. We saw it in Los Angeles,” Parker told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He said the trips are about “getting elected officials and stakeholders to appreciate how investment in a bus corridor can be really impactful.”
You can learn more about plans for bus rapid transit across metro Atlanta – and about what Fulton County officials learned from their Los Angeles trip – here.