To help alleviate some of these concerns, MARTA briefly soft-tested a website — at itsmarta.com/parking — that shows when parking lots are full.
The updates apply to 10 stations that are prone to filling up quickly, based on recent trends. Free daily parking is available at 23 rail stations.
The site will be active Monday to Friday, using a mix of staff and surveillance cameras to monitor and reflect the real-time status from 6 to 10 a.m. Periodic updates will occur after that time.
The stations where parking will be tracked are North Springs, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Doraville, Chamblee, Brookhaven, Lenox, Lindbergh Center, College Park and Kensington. Additional station tracking may be added later, a MARTA spokesman said.
MARTA is also reaching out to businesses and other community partners in hopes of finding more parking in the vicinity of stations. And late Friday, MARTA announced it would be adding 1,200 additional parking spaces Monday at five of those high-traffic stations: Chamblee, King Memorial, Brookhaven/Oglethorpe, Kensington and East Point.
The Georgia Department of Transportation expects to reopen I-85 in Buckhead by June 15 – just 11 weeks after the accident. Local law enforcement has charged a homeless man with starting the fire that caused the collapse.
VIDEO: Following the collapse, MARTA encouraged passengers to use Kiss/Ride to and from MARTA stations