At the meeting, board members said they support a mask requirement, but also worried about how to enforce it.
Local transit agencies have been reluctant to require passengers to wear masks, for fear of turning away those who don't have easy access to them. They also have cited concerns about confrontations between employees and passengers.
Up to now, agencies have emphasized educating passengers about the need to wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Last Monday MARTA began distributing two million masks to encourage passengers to wear them.
MARTA isn't the only agency under pressure to require passengers to wear masks. Gwinnett County Transit employees are pressing Transdev – the company that operates the county's bus service – to require passengers to wear masks. A spokeswoman for the company said it is considering such a requirement.