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RA.PID TRA.NSIT



PROGRESS


METROPOLITAN ATLANTA RAPID TRANSIT AUTHORITY
"
ARTA
REPORTS TO THE PEOPLE IT SERVES . . . "
JANUARY 1967
VOL. 2, NO.
I
STATE BUDGET PROPOSES
$500,000 FOR MARTA IN 1968-69
The state budget for fiscal 1968-1969, now being considered by the General Assembly, includes a request for
$500,000 for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit
Authority. This amount would be the first state funds
granted to MARTA; the grant is possible under the provisions of Constitutional Amendment 14, passed in the
November 1966 General Election.
Governor Lester Maddox , in his budget address to the
General Assembly, January 13, included the request under
a section on "Development Proposals." After outlining his major programs, the Governor stated, "Other
major proposals included in the budget I am submitting today include (a
proposal to) . . . provide $250.000
in each of the fi scal years of the
biennium to match federal and local
fund s for Rapid Transit in Atlanta
as soon as the Authority qualifies for
Gov. L ester Maddox
the assistance."
The request was part of the proposed budget drawn by
former Gov. Carl Sanders in conferences with then-Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Lester Maddox and Republican Gubern atorial Candidate Howard "Bo" Callaway.
Sanders called a news conference Dec. 21 to afifiounce
the budget request fo r rapid transit. After announci ng the
req uest for the half-million dollars, Sanders stated, "I
earnestly hope that this is just the first installment of State
support for the rapid transit system here in Atlanta. The
"We expect to apply for federal funds of four times this
amount, using the State's appropriation as the local matching funds. This $500,000 thus will become $2,500,000
with the approval of federal funds on a four to one basis."
Stuart noted that "The total construction cost of the entire 66-mile system will be about $43 7 million. The basic
system (North-South and East-West lines) will cost about
$310 million to get into operation. It is our hope that in the
next 20 to 30 years the State will be able to provide the
maximum amount allowed under the law, which is 10 per
cent of the total cost. If this amount is provided, and the
maximum amount of federal funds are forthcoming, the
amount required from the City of Atlanta and the counties
of Fulton, DeKalb, Clayton , and Gwinnett will not be
excessive."
Others present at the news conference included Roy A.
Blount, MARTA Vice Chairman; Augustus H. Sterne,
President of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce; Alvin
Ferst, Chairman of the Chamber's Rapid Transit Committee; Fulton Rep. Jack Etheridge; Curtis Driskell, Director
of Metropolitan Affairs of the Chamber; and King Elliott,
MART A Public Information Director.
problem of moving people rapidly and effectively is one
that faces all of our urban areas, but it is most acute here
in our Capital City."
"We cannot stop improving our highways-and I might
say that a fourth of Georgia's highway money has gone
into the Atlanta area in the past four years-but we cannot
depend upon highways alone to solve our problems."
"That is why this initial State grant is so important. We
are backing up our legislative support with hard cash, and
now the project can really get under way."
Henry L. Stuart, General Manager of MART A, responded with words of appreciation for the request, and explained, "The appropriation announced today will allow the
Authority to proceed with the detailed design of portions
of the rapid transit system and with some right-of-way
acquisition."
Gov. Cnrl Sanders, with MARTA Vice Chairman Roy A.
Blount (left) and General Manager H enry L. Stuart (right) .
�METROPOLITAN ATLANTA
RAPID TRANSIT AUTHORITY
808 GLENN BLOG .• 12 0 MARIETTA ST .. N. W .
ATLANTA. GA . 30303 • PHONE 524 , 5711
and expense, not to mention frayed nerves from rush hour
traffic."
"We need a rapid transit system," Atwood concludes,
"to keep Atlanta on the move."
"DIRECTED BY THE GEORGIA STATE
LEGISLATURE TO DEVELOP A RAPID
TRAIii SiT SYSTEM FOR THE S-COUNT.Y
METROPOLITAN ATLANTA AREA."
HOUSE COMMITTEE ASKS FULL
STATE SUPPORT FOR MARTA
Edited by KING ELLIOTT
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
OFFICERS:
RICHARD H. RICH, Chairman
ROY A . BLOUNT, V ice Chairman
ROBERT F. ADAMSON, Treasurer
GLENN E. BENNETT, S ecr etary
CITY OF ATLANTA:
MILLS B . LANE, JR.
L. D. MILTON
RICHARD H. RICH
RAWSON HAVERTY
CLAYTON COUNTY :
EDGAR BLALOCK
DEKALB COUNTY:
DR. SANFORD ATWOOD
ROY A. BLOUNT
FULTON COUNTY :
MITCHELL C. BISHOP
W. A . PULVER
GWINNETT COU NTY :
K . A . MCMILLON
COBB COUNTY (Obser ver)
OTIS A. BRUMBY, JR.
MARTA STAFF:
HENRY L. STUART, Gen er al Manager
KING E LLIOTT, Director of Public l?i formation
H. N. JOH NSON, S ecr etary to General Mana ger
EDUCATOR NOTES URGENT NEED
FOR RAPID TRANSIT
"Hover over Atlanta in a helicopter at five o'clock in the
afternoon. Look at the freeways and city streets jammed
with thousands of cars inching their way home, and you
know Atlanta needs a rapid transit system NOW," says
MART A Board member Dr. Sanford Atwood.
"From the air, downtown Atlanta seems like one vast
parking lot, a sea of cars surrounding lines of shiny new
office buildings," says Atwood, President of Emory University.
"A rapid transit system won't solve all our transportation
problems, but a glance at the city
from the air is a graphic lesson. There
is a limit to how much land can be
devoted to freeways and parking lots.
T here is a limit to the patience of the
commuter and the amount of time
and money he is wiling to spend to
get to downtown Atlanta," Atwood
continues. ·
"A rapid transit system can save
.
, Dr. Sanford Atwood
valuable land for more productive
uses. It can save millions of wasted hours Atlantans now
spend getting to and from work or recreation. In the
long run , rapid transit can save the citizens of Metropolitan Atlanta and their visitors millions of dollars in time
The House State and Local Government Study Committee, in its final report, recommends that the state provide the
full 10 percent of the total cost of the rapid transit system.
The Committee, with Rep. Wayne Snow, Jr., of Chickamauga, as chairman, filed its final report in December.
Henry L. Stuart, MART A General Manager, and Rep.
Jack Etheridge, MARTA Counsel, appeared before the
Committee at the State Capitol Dec. 9. The two discussed
the impact the system will have on the Metropolitan area
and the entire state, as well as the present programs and
future plans.
The Committee report summarizes the testimony and
makes its recommendation as follows:
· "The Metropolitan Atlanta R apid
Transit Authority appeared before the
Committee and presented the pro·
posed cost of the system for the Atlanta area. With the passage of Constitutional Amendment No. 14 at the
General Election in 1966, the state is
authorized to participate in the
amount of 10% of the total cost of
the system. T he total cost of buildR ep. Way ne Snow, Jr. ing the system over the next fifteen
to twenty years will be an estimated $437 million. The
Atlanta Authority is able to utilize the free information
from the San Francisco Authority which is some three years
advanced on the Atlanta program. T hose of us who travel
to Atlanta frequently and hold considerable pride for our
capital city, its progress, and its contribution to the state
and the Southeast are too frequently reminded of the inadequacy of the present system of freeways and the daily
drudgery endured by those who must commute at a snail's
pace back and forth thereon.
"We are advised that 55 % of the real property in the City
of Atlanta is now non-income-producing and that the city
can ill afford to give up more income-producing property
to costly freeways.
"We recommend that the state bear its 10% of the cost
of this system as the participating counties and metropolitan
Atlanta appropriate their funds."
Members of the House of Representatives serving on the
Committee were Wayne Snow, Jr., of the 1st District,
Chairman; Lionel E. Drew, Jr., 116th; Devereaux F. McClatchey, 138th; Roscoe Thompson, 111th ; Reid W. Harris,
85th ; William M. F leming, Jr .. 106th; Roger W . Wilson,
109th ; W. M . Williams, 16th; Will iam S. Lee. 79th; Jerry
Lee Minge, 13th ; Harry Mixon, 81st; and Dr. Albert Sidney
Johnson, Sr., 25th.
ATLANTA TO HOST TWO TRANSIT CONVENTIONS IN 1967
May 24-26-The Annual Meeting of the INSTITUTE FOR RAPID TRANSIT will be held at the
Marriott Motor Hotel. The IRT is composed of
members from all aspects of rapid transit.
Oct. 22-26-The annual meeting of the AMERICAN
TRANSIT ASSOCIATION will be held at the
Regency-Hyatt House. The ATA bas as members
only those operating transit systems (railroads, bus
lines, rapid transit, etc.)
�HUD GRANTS MARTA $369,000
An application by the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid 1:ransit
authority for $369,333 in federal funds was approved m late
December. The announcement of the grant was made D ec.
21 in Washington jointly by Georgia Senators Richard B.
R ussell and Herman Talmadge, and by Secretary Robert
C. We~ver, U. S. Department of H ousing and Urban Development.
T he orant was the nation's first T echnical Studies Program
Grant ~uthorized by a 1966 amendment to the Urban Mass
Transportation Act. The federal funds will be matc~ed by
$184,667 in local funds which are on hand or committed. Assistant Secretary Charles M. Haar noted tha~ HUD
"does not regard a transportation system as something that can be superimposed on a city after all else is
planned or built." H aar continued,
"It is our firm conviction that transportation systems are a vital component of metropolitan development,
and effective metropolitan planning
must bring the people operating the
system into the planning process at
Charles M . Haar
an early stage of deliberation."
As Assistant Secretary for Metropolitan Development.
H aar has an overall responsibility for HUD's programs of
planning standards and coordination as well as the Urban
Mass Transportation Program.
"The basic purpose of the new orogr?m", Haar said, _"is
to bridge the gap between federally-assisted tr~nsportat!on
planning of an overall nature, and _federal!~-~ss1sted cap1!al
improvements in mass transportation fac1ht1es_ and equ~pment, by providing funds for prelim_inary functional_ stud1~s
of basic need, priority, and engineermg and economic feasibility."
"The $554,000 program will finance the follo~ing work :
completion of preliminary engineeri~g _on exten~10ns _to the
North-South Line; most of the prehmmarv engmeermg on
the East-West Line, and extensions to 1-285 at each end of
the Line; a Rapid Transit Corridor Impact Study; and a:1
Impa.ct study of the proposed system on the Atlanta Transit
System.
BOARD MEMBERS MAKE FIELD
SURVEY
Members of the MARTA Board of Directors were shown
some of the various routes under consideration for the
Central, Northeast, East, and West Lines on two field trips
in January. The directors were escorted on the tours _by
members of the engineering consultant firm, Parsons-Brmckerhoff Tudor and Bechtel.
The directors plan to tour the routes being studied for the
South Line as soon as preliminary engineering reaches the
staoe which would make a tour meaningful.
The present development schedule calls for completion of
preliminary engineering by the end of 1967. At the proper
time, tours will be arranged for cTcy and county officials
associated in MARTA, as well as for members of the news
media. Also, as provided in the MART A Act, public hearings will be conducted to acquaint citizens with the plans
and route locations before final decisions are made.
In the pictures above and below , engineers are ex_p':aining_ how
portions of the rapid transit system _ could f oll_ow ex1strng ra,/road
lin es. The location is Southern Raz /way at P1edm o11t R oad.
IS YOUR ADDRESS CORRECT?
Please check the address on page 4; if it is incorrect pl~ase
make corrections, and return to MARTA, 808 Glenn Bmld mg,
Atlanta, Ga., 30303
Or if you would like to have RAPID TRANSi'.[ PROGRESS
sent to a friend, just fill out the form_ and return 1t to MARTA,
808 Glenn Building, Atlanta, Georgia, 30303
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�RAPID TRANSIT BRIEFS1966 ROUND-UP
MARTA ACTION
MONTREAL The newest rapid transit system in the western hemisphere began operations October 14, 1966. The
Montreal METRO, patterned after the Paris METRO, has
16 miles of underground railway, with 26 stations, each
station designed by a different architect. The METRO was
built by the city thru its Public Works Department, without
financial help from superior governments, at a cost of
$2 13,700,000. T he trains travel on rubber tires , running
on concrete tracks, and they are powered by electricity.
There are 41 nine-car trains, th e usual train used during
rush hours; each car will seat 40 persons, with standing
room for 120 more passengers. Another line, to be opened
this Spring, will take passengers to "Expo 67", the international exhibition which begins April 28.
SAN FRANCISCO Contracts for more than $250 million
in construction work had been awarded by the end of 1966,
to build 34 miles of the 75 mile Bay Area Rapid Transit
system. Contracts totalling $300 million will be let in 1967
for another 24 miles of th e system. Construction under
way includes subway, aerial, and ground level sections; the
four-mile underwater Trans-Bay Tube, and a three-milelong twin-bore transit tunnel through the Berkeley Hills
east of Oakland. BART passenger service is scheduled to
begin on some East Bay lines in mid-1969; San Francisco
and Trans-Bay service will commence in early 1970.
BALTIMORE The Metropolitan Transit Authority has
recommended an initial $225 million phase of rapid transit
construction for Metropolitan Baltimore. The initial phase
is for two radial lines plus portions of a downtown inner
city rail transit loop; the full system under study calls for
six radial rapid lines, an inner city downtown loop, plus express and feeder buses. The MT A recommendation went
to the Metropolitan Area Council for approval in early
January.
LOS ANGELES The Southern California Rapid Transit
District has approved $2,625,000 in contracts for preliminary planning and engineering for the first phase of a rapid
transit system.
In its January meeting, the MARTA Board of
Directors approved amendments to the contract with
engineering consultants (Parsons-Brinckerhoff-TudorBechtel) to cover work to be performed under the new
HUD Section 9 grant of $369,333. The General
Manager was authorized to execute appropriate contract with HUD for the funds, subject to review by the
Board.
The Board changed the date of the February meeting because several members will be absent from the
city. The next meeting will be Wednesday, February
15, at 3:30 p.m., in Room 619, the Glenn Building,
instead of February 7.
NEW YORK The New York City Transit Authority has
ordered 400 new subway cars, and is asking for $220 million in additional funds for improvements and extensions
in the 1967-68 fiscal year. Plans are being made for a· new
subway tunnel under the East River between Queens and
Manhattan.
BOSTON The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's Advisory Board approved a $346 million "Master
Plan" for improvements and expansion.
WASHINGTON, D.C. An interstate rapid transit compact
was signed in November, creating the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. WMATA will replace
the National Capital Transportation Agency in September.
Congress has authorized construction of a 25-mile subway
and rail rapid transit system to cost $431 million. Plans call
for the system to be in operation by 1972.
EGYPT Experts are currently studying the city of Cairo,
seeking routes for what will be Africa's first subway transportation system. The first line will run north to south
along the east bank of the Nile River; a second line is
planned to go under the Nile.
TORONTO 14.5 miles of route is · being added to the
Toronto subway system at a cost of $284 million. The new
8.5 mile Bloor-Danforth subway opened in February.
R.Al?ID TRANSIT
M ETROPOLITAN ATLANTA RAPID TRANSIT AUTHORITY
BOB GLENN BLDG.
·
1 20MARIETTA ST . , N.W.
PHONE 524-5711 (AREA CODE 404)
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ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30303

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