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MARTA CEO: Super Bowl preparations on track

As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has reported, MARTA is beefing up staffing and making other preparations for the Feb. 3 Super Bowl. Among other things, it plans to deploy extra police and “transit ambassadors” to assist passengers during the big game and related events.

Those plans got an early test during Saturday’s SEC Championship game, and things went smoothly. 

On Thursday, CEO Jeffrey Parker told the MARTA Board of Directors Super Bowl preparations are going “really, really, really well overall.” 

“We did have a very successful SEC Championship Game,” Parker told the board during Thursday’s work session. “We have continued to deploy a substantial number of staff during these (big) events.” 

MARTA will get another test this Saturday during the Atlanta United playoff game

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“We also expect to have a good crowd (Saturday), and we’re implementing similar practices,” Parker said. 

For the Super Bowl, MARTA plans extended hours and more frequent service for its passenger rail service. Said Parker: “We’re in good shape.” 

He’ll offer the board a final Super Bowl preparations report in January.

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David Wickert writes about transportation issues for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He previously worked for newspapers in Washington state, Illinois, Virginia and Tennessee.

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