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RAPID TRANSIT
METROPOLITAN ATLANTA RAPID TRANSIT AUTHORITY
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IN ATLANTA, 'MAY 2
_ Some 300 of the nation's top transit leaders are expected
to attend the 1967 Convention of the Institute for Rapid
Transit to be held May 24-26 at the Atlanta Marriott Motor
Hotel.
An unusual in-depth program featuring national experts
in urban transportation and special work shop sessions will
center around the theme, "Growing Cities MOVE ... With
Rapid Transit," according to George L. DeMent, IRT President and Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Transit
Authority.
The Annual Conference of the Institute for Rapid Transit,
which represents this industry in the United States and Canada, is expected to be attended not only by experts in various
phases of the rapid transit field, but also by city planners,
traffic engineers, public works officials, government officials
and many others concerned with urban transportation
problems.
Henry L. Stuart, General Manager of Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, stated, "We consider it a
tribute to Atlanta and its growing importance in rapid transit
to have such a group as the Institute for Rapid Transit to
meet for its annual convention here in our city." He continued, "Atlanta is on its way to joining the rather select
group of American cities which have rapid transit systems
operating, and feel that the presence of so many persons
concerned with transporting people will give increased impetus to our efforts. We welcome the Institute for Rapid
Transit to this great metropolitan area," Stuart concluded,
"and we are confident that all who attend the convention
will find it both profitable and enjoyable.
"The A nnu al Conference of th e Institute for Rapid Transit
will provide a special insight into the vi tal field of developing
modern and efficient mass transportation systems for our
growing American cities," said DeMent.
"We are fo n te in having a group of outstand'
experts whose pres . t · ns will set the stage for
special
workshop sessions in
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· the convention will participate," DeMent exp ame .
"Major cities in the United States and Canada, with existing rapid transit systems, are concerned with plans for
enlarging those systems. Many other cities, with prospects
of great metropolitan growth, are now searching for guidance and expert help in planning new mass transportation
systems for the future .
"The 1967 Annual IRT Conference, patterned after our
successful workshop conference last year at Boston College,
will provide an excellent opportunity for an exchange of
ideas by the experts, as well as developing further ideas in
the mass transportation field ," DeMent said.
After a welcoming address by Atlanta's mayor, Ivan Allen,
Jr., Charles M . Haar, Assistant Secretary for Metropolitan
Development of the United States Department of Hou sing
and Urban Development, will keynote the IRT Conference
at an opening luncheon May 24.
William J . Ronan , Chairman of the Metropolitan Commuter Transportation Authority (New York) , will make the
first presentation for a workshop session on the afternoon of
May 24. The subject of this initial workshop will be
"Environmental Support."
For the second workshop session, " System Characteristics," on the morning of May 25 , the major presentation
will be made by Henry L. Stuart, General Manager of Metropolitan Atlanta R apid Transit Authority, and b y Leo J.
Cusick, Director of th e Urban Transportation Administration of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
As a "challengi ng ed ucator," Noah Langdale, Jr., President of Georgia State College, will address the IRT Conference Luncheon on May 25.
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George L. DeMent
Charles M. Haar
Leo J. Cusick
Walter S. Douglas
IRT CONVENTION ISSUE
�METRO AREA BOOMS!
METROPOLITAN ATLANTA
RAPID TRANSIT AUTHORITY
8 0 8 GLENN BLDG .· 120 MARIETTA ST . , N . W .
ATLANTA. GA . 30303 • PHONE 524-5711
" DIRECTED BY THE GEORGIA STATE
LEGISLATURE TO DEVELOP A RAPID
T RANSIT SYSTEM FOR THE S-COUNTY
MET ROPOLITAN ATLANTA AREA ,"
Edited by KING ELLIO'.IT
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
OFFICERS:
H . RICH , Chairman
Roy A. BLOUNT, Vice Chairman
ROBERT F. ADAM SON, Treasurer
GLE NN E . BENNE'.IT, Secretary
RICHARD
CITY OF ATLANTA :
ROBERT F. ADAMSON
L. D. MrLTON
RI CHARD H . RICI-I
RAWSON HAVERTY
C LAYTON COUNTY:
EDGAR BLALOCK
DEKALB COUNTY:
ROY A. BLOUNT
DR. SA NFORD ATWOOD
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FULTON COUNTY :
PULVER
MITCHELL C. BISHOP
GWINNETT COUNTY:
K. A. MCM ILLON
COBB COUNTY (Observer)
OTIS A . BRUMBY, JR
MARTA STAFF :
HENRY L. STUART, General Manager
KI NG ELLIOTT, Director of Pnblic Information
H. N. JOH NSON, S ecretary to General Manager
IRT (Con tinued from Page 1, Column 2)
During the afternoon of May 25, the IRT Conference participants will visit the campus of Georgia Institute of Technology, where they will review and study a model transportation system being developed by Georgia Tech's Complex Systems Design class.
On the morning of May 26, Walter S. Dougl~s, partner
in the consulting engineering firm of Parsons, Bnnckerhoff,
Quade & Douglas, will make the presentation for the final
workshop session on "Management Organization."
"For each of the workshop sessions, participants will be
organized into small panels for discussion and consideration
of special case studies," explained DeMent. "At the close
of each workshop session, there will be a group critique,"
he said.
The program for the 1967 IRT Conference was planned
by the Program Committee of which the Chairman was
Thompson A. Nooner, Executive Assistant to the President
of General Railway Signal Company.
The IRT Convention is the first of two major transit
conver.tions scheduled for Atlanta this year. The American
Transit Association will hold its Annual Convention at the
Regency Hyatt House in Atlanta October 22-26.
1960
1961
The expanding economy of the five county metropolitan
Atlanta area is making an increasing impact on the four
counties surrounding Fulton County: Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb and Gwinnett. Brunswick A. Bagdon, Southeastern
Regional Director of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, reports
that 4 7 percent of all non-residential construction during the
first half of the 1960's came in the four counties outside
Fulton. These same counties had 71 percent of the industrial growth of the Metro area.
The central city had 75 percent of all office construction;
56 percent of the value of stores and other mercantile buildings was in ,the central city.
Fulton County still has the bulk of the payroll employment, but the suburb an share increased from 11 percent in
1959 to 13 percent in 1965.
Using the rate of employment growth as a yardstick, Atlanta's rate is almost three times the average of the eleven
other Metro areas surveyed, 32 percent compared with the
twelve-area average of 12 percent rate of employment
increase.
Atlanta is building toward another record breaking year
in construction. Building permits issued during the first four
months of 1967 total more than $66.5 million in value, an
increase of more than $22 million for the 'same period
last year.
"It's obvious that the Metro area is going to continue to
grow and develop," says MARTA General Manager Henry
L. Stuart, "and as jobs and population increase, and as
more people move into this area, the need for rapid transit
grows more and more critical. And, if what has happened
in Toronto is any indication, the presence of rapid transit
will cause this growth to accelerate."
The pictorial chart, from ATLANTA Magazine April
1966, across the bottom of these two pages shows evidence
of the building boom in Atl an ta during th e 1960's.
Atlanta's building boom got off th e ground in 1960 and kep t going
wit!, 1. Atlanta Mercl, andise Mart; 2. Comm erce Building; 3. Georgia Pow er B uilding; 4. National Bank of G eorgia Building; 5. Atlanta A irport T erminal Building; 6. Peachtree Tow ers Apartments;
1. L enox T owers (South ); 8. Landmark Apartments; 9. First Federal
Building; 10. Atlanta T owers; 11. Hartford Building; 12. Peachtree
Center Building; 13. Georgia A rchives Building; 14. Atlanta Stadium ;
15. Peachtree North Apartments; 16. First Na tional Bank Building;
17. L enox T owers (Nortl,); 18. R egency H otel; 19. Life of Georgia
Buildin g; 20. Gas Light To wer; 2 1. Th e Equitab le Building; 22. C & S
Norri, Avenue Building; 23. Trust Company of G eorgia Building;
24. Tl, e Bronze Buildin g; 25. University Tow ers; 26. Tower Apartm ents; 27. I vey Building.
1962
1963
1964
"RAPID TRANSIT WILL KEEP
ATLANTA MOVING ... RAPIDLY!"
STUART REPORTS PROGRESS
"Of the many developments and changes which have taken
place in and around Atlanta in the past few years, including
those in progress now and on the planning boards for the
future-regional shopping centers, trade areas, skyscrapers,
Atlanta's expanding airport, the expressway system (which
perhaps one day will be complete, but will never be adequate) , the Stadium with its Braves,
Falcons, and Chiefs, the new Auditorium-Convention complex, the Cultural Center - none will be more
relevant to nor affect the daily lives of
so many Atlantans as Rapid Transit,"
says MARTA Director Rawson
Haverty.
"Any growing metropolitan area
reaches a point where it must develop
an alternate to automobile-highway
Rawson Ha verty
transportation in and out of its central
city, or movement bottlenecks and the central city deteriorates. The central city is the magnet and service center of
the metropolitan area. If it declines, the satellite business,
industrial, and residential areas are not properly served, the
metropolitan area as a whole declines in importance, everyone suffers.
"Rapid, efficient, pleasant, and safe movement of masses
of people from their homes, outlying points of business, outlying industrial areas directly into the central, financial, business, shopping and cultural core is an essential requirement
for a city's health and prosperity," he explains.
"The March 10 issue of Th e Kiplinger Washington Letter
is a prediction of the Seventies. If their projections are accurate, Atlanta can expect to increase in population from
1,211 ,000 in 1967 to 1,532,300 in 1973 (the year the
North-South line of Rapid Transit will be ready) . We in
Atlanta can be glad we are well advanced in our planning
for Rapid Transit and that we have defi nite target dates for
completion. We have stepped ahead of most other metropolitan areas in this program, and when the Seventies arrive
Atlanta's citizens will, we hope, continue to be 'moving
rapidly' while many other cities are plagued by traffic bottlenecks," Haverty concludes.
- (Rawson Haverty is P-resident of Haverty Furniture Companies, past president of Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and
Atlanta Retail Merchants Association, President of Forward
Atlanta, and has held numerous other business and civic
responsibilities.)
1965
1966
Considerable progress is being made under the several contracts which have been let by the METROPOLITAN ATLANTA RAPID TRANSIT AUTHORITY, according to
H enry L. Stuart, MART A General Manager.
In a quarterly report of contract studies for the period
January 1 through March 31, 1967, Mr. Stuart says, "Our
contractual obligations total $962,566,
of which $616,709 (64 % ) represents
the Federal portion, and $345,857
represents the local matching funds."
Stuart explains that, "The majority of
funds are being spent under three
major contracts: the updating of the
1962 rapid transit report; the preliminary engineering on the north-south
line, and the greater portion of the
east-west line; and the technical
H enry L. Stuart
studies program .
The updating program, referred to as the "701" contract
($183,566), encompasses revision of the financing of the
proposed rapid transit system and is about 70 percent complete. Another segment of this same contract updates the
other parts of the 1962 report and is about 70 percent complete. This segment includes the re-study of the routes and
station locations, which are about 90 percent complete, and
patronage, revenues, and operating cost predictions 75 percent complete.
Work on this latest segment incorporates the latest highway statistics by the Highway Department. The "70J "
contract should be completed by early summer.
The preliminary engineering work is being conducted
under the "702" contract ($125 ,000). This program originally encompassed only the north-south system from Oglethorpe to the Airport. It has been expanded to include all
the preliminary engineering for the basic forty-four mile
system , Doraville-Forest Park on tl1e north-south line, and
on the east-west line from the Perimeter Road (I-285) west
of Hightower Road to the Perimeter Road east of Avondale
Estates.
Preliminary engineering involves the development of information on utilities, existing buildings, highways, railroads
and geology. The preliminary design of typical structures
and stations and the functional layout of Transit Center and
the shops and yards, and the analysis of equipment requirements. It also includes plans for alignment of tracks and
stati on sites, and cost estimates for construction, and purchase of right of way. The work is being integrated with the
work under the Technical Studies Program and should be
completed by the end of 1968.
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1967
1968
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MARTA NAMES CHIEF ENGINEER
The third major program is the Technical Studies Program
($554,000) which includes portions of the work under the
"702" program . It also includes the Corridor Impact Study
which will assess the probable impact of the proposed rapid
transit system on the total community. The Impact Study
will survey MARTA's relationship to, and impact on, land
use and related controls, public improvement planning; local,
public and private development plans; urban renewal
projects; and benefits to disadvantaged groups, and other
public programs.
A separate study under this program will exa mine the
probable impact of rapid transit on the existing Atlanta
Transit System and the privately operated bus system.
A separate contract covers planning, consulting, or
engineering services not covered by existing contracts
($100,000).
In add ition to these existing programs, MART A's staff
is in process of developing a new application for approximately two million dollars of Federal funds, using the
$500,000 in State funds approved by the 1967 General Assembly as matching funds. When Federal funds are approved, this two and one-half million dollar program wil l
cover the following:
A Deputy Director of the Ohio State Department of Highways has been appointed Chief Engineer for Rapid Transit
here.
Henry L. Stuart, General Manager of the Metropolitan
Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, announces that Earl W .
Nelson of New Philadelphia, Ohio, assumed his new duties
here April 24, 1967.
Nelson was Division Deputy Director for the Ohio State
Department of Highways, and was responsible for the design, construction, maintenance, and acquisition of right of
way for the 1400 miles of State and United States routes in
his division. His duties included preparation of all construction and maintenance projects,
which total $70 million under construction as of October 1966; supervision of all engineering and right of
way acquisition; control of purchases
of material and equipment; and personnel responsibilities for 700 employees.
As MARTA Chief Engineer, he
reports directly to the General Manager, will participate in policy deEarl W. Nelson
cisions of the Authority, and will
~dminister those policies having to do with design and engineering. He will review engineering work performed by
MARTA consultants; and, when construction of the system
begins, will supervise all construction projects.
Nelson is a Registered Profess ional Civil Engineer in the
State of Ohio. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering,
and had done graduate work at the University of Cincinnati .
He is a Fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers
and is a member of the Ohio Society of Profess ional
Engineers.
He was a Division Deputy Director of the Ohio Department of Hi ghways from 1963 until his resignation to accept
the positi on with MARTA. Prior experience includes two
years as City Engineer, Steubenville, Ohio; aAd 13 years as
Design Engineer and Project Engineer with H azelet and
Erda! , Consu lting Engineers, Cincinnati , Ohio.
Nelson, a native of Peru , Jllinoi s, and hi s wife, Shirley,
have three children: Candi 19, Mark 17, and Jeffer y 9. His
family will join Nelson in Atl anta at th e end of the current
school term.
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title searches of selected ri ght of way parcels
ea rl y acqu isition of critical right of way parcels
a plan for relocation of uprooted persons
employment of Urban Plannin g (Architectural)
continued work on Atlanta Transit System impact and coordination pl an
6) fir st steps in detailed design of Transit Center
7) fin anci al operations pla n and organization
8) preservation of histor ical si tes and st ructures.
"As these four programs are completed we will have more
and more of th e detailed information required to determine
the best methods for fin ancing this system; and , to develop a
specific plan to bring to th e voters for their approval, probably in November 1969 ," Stuart said.
MARTA ACTION
Th e Boa rd o f Di rec to rs of M ARTA a nn o un ced the appo intm en t of R obert
F. Ad amson as a directo r represent ing the City of Atlant a . Ad amson was
appo int ed by M ayo r Ivan All en, Jr., and th e Boa rd of Aldermen to fill the
un expired te rm of Mills B. Lane, Jr" who res igned h is positio n as Me tropolit an At la nt a Rapid Transit d irector beca use of increased pressures of
his many business interests .
Ad amson has been Treasurer of MARTA si nce its o rgani za tion, and wi ll
continue in this post as well as se rve as its directo r.
The next meetin g of the Boa rd of Directo rs has been ch anged to Fr iday,
June 9, 1967 a t 3 :3 0 P.M . in Room 619 of the Gl enn Buildin g, 120 Marietta
Street, N.W.
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