When MARTA was started in 1971, it was only a series of bus routes. Although part of MARTA's overall master plan, rail service wouldn't begin until 1979. Until then, Atlantans who wished to avoid long commutes flocked to the revamped metropolitan area bus service. (And yes, the commutes in the '70s were long, too. Some things never change.) The photos in this gallery were all taken in 1974.
If you grew up in Atlanta, you remember them. The cement MARTA bus stop posts found around metro Atlanta were hard to miss -- and, frankly, just rock hard since they were made of cement. Not many remain, but you may still run across one if you know what to look for. Here, a rider rests on a classic MARTA bus stop post while waiting for his bus to come.