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Boardings fell less in areas south and west of the Five Points station, home to many low-income residents.
In fact, the wealth of the area surrounding a MARTA station is closely related to the size of the decrease in ridership over the past week, the AJC analysis found. Areas with a median income of $35,000 per year have seen decreased ridership of about 35%, while areas with a median income of $100,000 per year saw ridership decrease by about 52%.
For every $10,000 increase in the median income around a MARTA station, ridership decreased by 2.2%, the newspaper found. While that doesn’t seem like much, for a lower-income, large-ridership station such as College Park, that difference adds up to 1,000 extra riders a week at a time when public health officials are urging residents to stay home.