MARTA has added more than 2,400 parking spaces recently to accommodate commuters frustrated by the collapse of I-85 in Atlanta. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM

MARTA adds parking spaces to court frustrated commuters

As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last week, MARTA has seen a big boost in passengers since I-85 collapsed in Atlanta March 30. The agency hopes to take advantage of the opportunity, turning frustrated commuters into long-term customers.

It’s unclear whether it will succeed, but it won’t be for lack of trying. Among the steps MARTA has taken to entice commuters: It has added more than 2,400 parking spaces at various stations since the I-85 bridge collapsed.

The latest batch of new parking came last week, when MARTA added 750 spaces at three stations (AT&T is providing the spaces). The North Springs station got an extra 400 spaces, Doraville got 100 and College Park got 250.

MARTA parking: Station map, parking lots, capacity

MARTA also is hiring additional parking attendants to manage the additional lots. And it had previously added spaces at other stations:

*Chamblee: 275 spaces.

*King Memorial: 400 spaces.

*Brookhaven/Oglethorpe: 175 spaces.

*Kensington: 385 spaces.

*East Point: 168 spaces.

*Sandy Springs: 250 spaces.

The new spaces address a pressing need: Since I-85 closed, MARTA has been running out of parking at some stations.

The transit agency also has added staff and expanded service since the I-85 bridge collapse. You can learn more about MARTA’s efforts to attract customers – and its prospects for holding on to them when I-85 reopens – here.

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