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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

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 Presi-
dent and Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Transit

The Annual Conference of the Institute for Rapid Transit,
which represents this industry in the United States and Can-
ada, 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

Henry L. Stuart, General Manager of Metropolitan At-
lanta 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 con-
tinued, “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 im-
petus 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 Annual Conference of the Institute for Rapid Transit
will provide a special insight into the vital field of developing
modern and efficient mass transportation systems for our

growing American cities,” said DeMent.
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George L. DeMent

Charles M. Haar

nate in having a group of outstandip
perts whose presentatigns will set the stage for_thé special
workshop sessions in Which-all persons attend#g
tion will participate,” DeMent explained.

“Major cities in the United States and Canada, with ex-
isting rapid transit systems, are concerned with plans for
enlarging those systems. Many other cities, with prospects
of great metropolitan growth, are now searching for guid-
ance 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 Housing
and Urban Development, will keynote the IRT Conference
at an opening luncheon May 24.

William J. Ronan, Chairman of the Metropolitan Com-
muter 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 Character-
istics,” on the morning of May 25, the major presentation
will be made by Henry L. Stuart, General Manager of Met-
ropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, and by Leo J.
Cusick, Director of the Urban Transportation Administra-
tion of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

As a “challenging educator,” Noah Langdale, Jr., Presi-
dent of Georgia State College, will address the IRT Confer-
ence Luncheon on May 25.

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Ricuarp H. Ricu, Chairman Roy A. Biount, Vice Chairman
Rosert F. ApAMson, Treasurer GLENN E. BENNETT, Secretary

Rosert F. ADAMSON L, D. Mitton
Ricwarp H. Ricn Rawson HAvVerRtTY
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K. A. McMILLon
COBB COUNTY (Observer)
Otis A. Brumey, Jr

Henry L. Stuart, General Manager
Kine Et.iott, Director of Public Information
H. N. Jonnson, Secretary to General Manager

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During the afternoon of May 25, the IRT Conference par-
ticipants will visit the campus of Georgia Institute of Tech-
nology, where they will review and study a model trans-
portation system being developed by Georgia Tech’s Com-
plex Systems Design class.

On the morning of May 26, Walter S. Douglas, partner
in the consulting engineering firm of Parsons, Brinckerhoff,
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
conventions 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, De-
Kalb and Gwinnett. Brunswick A. Bagdon, Southeastern
Regional Director of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, reports
that 47 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 indus-
trial 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 build-
ings was in the central city.

Fulton County still has the bulk of the payroll employ-
ment, but the suburban share increased from 11 percent in
1959 to 13 percent in 1965.

Using the rate of employment growth as a yardstick, At-
lanta’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

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 Atlanta during the 1960's.

Atlanta's building boom got off the ground in 1960 and kept going
with 1, Atlanta Merchandise Mart; 2. Commerce Building; 3. Geor-
gia Power Building; 4. National Bank of Georgia Building; 5. At-
lanta Airport Terminal Building; 6. Peachtree Towers Apartments;
7. Lenox Towers (South); 8. Landmark Apartments; 9. First Federal
Building; 10. Atlanta Towers; 11. Hartford Building; 12. Peachtree
Center Building; 13. Georgia Archives Building; 14. Atlanta Stadium;
13. Peachtree North Apartments; 16. First National Bank Building;
17. Lenox Towers (North); 18. Regency Hotel; 19. Life of Georgia
Building; 20. Gas Light Tower; 21. The Equitable Building; 22. C & S
North Avenue Building; 23. Trust Company of Georgia Building;
24. The Bronze Building; 25. University Towers; 26. Tower Apart-
ments; 27. Ivey Building.

1962 1963 1964


“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 ade-
quate), the Stadium with its Braves,
Falcons, and Chiefs, the new Audi-
torium-Convention complex, the Cul-
tural Center —none will be more
relevant to nor affect the daily lives of
so many Atlantans as Rapid Transit,”
says MARTA Director Rawson

“Any growing metropolitan area
reaches a point where it must develop
an alternate to automobile-highway

Rawson Haverty _ transportation in and out of its central
city, or movement bottlenecks and the central city deterio-
rates. 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, every-
one suffers,

“Rapid, efficient, pleasant, and safe movement of masses
of people from their homes, outlying points of business, out-
lying industrial areas directly into the central, financial, busi-
ness, shopping and cultural core is an essential requirement
for a city’s health and prosperity,” he explains.

“The March 10 issue of The Kiplinger Washington Letter
is a prediction of the Seventies. If their projections are accu-
rate, 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 definite target dates for
completion. We have stepped ahead of most other metro-
politan 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 bottle-
necks,” Haverty concludes.

(Rawson Haverty is President of Haverty Furniture Com-
panies, 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 1967


Considerable progress is being made under the several con-
tracts which have been let by the METROPOLITAN AT-
Henry L. Stuart, MARTA 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 prelimi-
nary engineering on the north-south
line, and the greater portion of the
east-west line; and the technical
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 com-
plete. Another segment of this same contract updates the
other parts of the 1962 report and is about 70 percent com-
plete. 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 per-
cent complete.

Work on this latest segment incorporates the latest high-
way statistics by the Highway Department. The “701”
contract should be completed by early summer.

The preliminary engineering work is being conducted
under the “702” contract ($125,000). This program orig-
inally encompassed only the north-south system from Ogle-
thorpe to the Airport. It has been expanded to include all
the preliminary engineering for the basic forty-four mile
system, Doraville-Forest Park on the 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

Preliminary engineering involves the development of in-
formation 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 require-
ments. It also includes plans for alignment of tracks and
station sites, and cost estimates for construction, and pur-
chase 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.

Henry L. Stuart

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A Deputy Director of the Ohio State Department of High-
ways has been appointed Chief Engineer for Rapid Transit

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 de-
sign, 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 con-

= struction and maintenance projects,

which total $70 million under con-
struction as of October 1966; super-
vision of all engineering and right of
way acquisition; control of purchases
of material and equipment; and per-
sonnel responsibilities for 700 em-

As MARTA Chief Engineer, he

reports directly to the General Man-

- “= ager, will participate in policy de-

Earl W. Nelson cisions of the Authority, and will

administer those policies having to do with design and engi-

neering. 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 Professional Civil Engineer in the
State of Ohio. He is a graduate of the University of Ken-
tucky 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 Professional

He was a Division Deputy Director of the Ohio Depart-
ment of Highways from 1963 until his resignation to accept
the position with MARTA. Prior experience includes two
years as City Engineer, Steubenville, Ohio; and 13 years as
Design Engineer and Project Engineer with Hazelet and
Erdal, Consulting Engineers, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Nelson, a native of Peru, Illinois, and his wife, Shirley,
have three children: Candi 19, Mark 17, and Jeffery 9. His
family will join Nelson in Atlanta at the end of the current
school term.



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 examine 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

In addition to these existing programs, MARTA’s staff
is in process of developing a new application for approxi-
mately two million dollars of Federal funds, using the
$500,000 in State funds approved by the 1967 General As-
sembly as matching funds. When Federal funds are ap-
proved, this two and one-half million dollar program will
cover the following:

title searches of selected right of way parcels

early acquisition of critical right of way parcels

a plan for relocation of uprooted persons

employment of Urban Planning (Architectural)

continued work on Atlanta Transit System impact and coordi-
nation plan

first steps in detailed design of Transit Center

financial operations plan and organization

preservation of historical sites and structures.

“As these four programs are completed we will have more
and more of the detailed information required to determine
the best methods for financing this system; and, to develop a
specific plan to bring to the voters for their approval, prob-
ably in November 1969,” Stuart said.


The Board of Directors of MARTA announced the appointment of Robert
F, Adamson as a director representing the City of Atlanta. Adamson was
appointed by Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr., and the Board of Aldermen to fill the
unexpired term of Mills B, Lane, Jr., who resigned his position as Metro-
politan Atlanta Rapid Transit director because of increased pressures of
his many business interests.

Adamson has been Treasurer of MARTA since its organization, and will
continue in this post as well as serve as its director.

The next meeting of the Board of Directors has been changed to Friday,
chet Peles) at 3:30 P.M, in Room 619 of the Glenn Building, 120 Marietta

treet, N.W.




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MAY 1967, VOL. II, NO. 5


Hon. Ivan Allen, Jr., Mayor

City of Atlanta
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