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R.APID TR.ANSIT
PROGRESS
METROPOLITAN ATLANTA RAPID TRANSIT AUTHORITY
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OCTOBER 1966
VOL.
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RAPID TRANSIT CAR
COMES TO METRO ATLANTA
A scale "walk-in" model of a rapid transit car of the
future will be on display in Atlanta during October
and early November. The "New SCOT"-"Steel Car
of Tomorrow"-developed by U. S. Steel Corporation,
will be one of the attractions at the 1966 Southeastern
Fair, opening in Atlanta September 29. The "New
SCOT" is being scheduled for exhibit in several shopping centers in the Metro Area during the succeeding
weeks.
system, would transport them at speeds up to 75 miles
per hour, with schedule speeds, including stops, of 45
MPH.
The car is built of light-weight "sandwich" panels of
steel and stainless steel, developed by U. S. Steel
Corporation engineers. Each panel is made up of a
steel core, resembling the structure inside an egg crate,
sandwiched between sheets of steel bonded to the core
with an epoxy adhesive. In the car design, panels are
used both for structural side framing and floor support.
The "New SCOT" is only one of many rapid transit
cars and prototypes which will be carefully evaluated by
MARTA and its engineers before a specific design is
chosen for the local system. The MARTA-sponsored
exhibit will provide the first opportunity most Georgians
will have to see an example of the equipment which
could be used in the system now being developed for
the 5-county Metropolitan Atlanta area.
The " New SCOT" will be on exhibit in Baltimore,
Md., Sept. 28, and will be shipped directly to Atlanta.
It is expected to be on display at the Southeastern
Fair Oct. 1-8. The display, to be located just inside
Gate 2 at the Fair, will be open at all regular Fair Hours.
Admission is free.
The model car to be seen in Atlanta is a 37-foot
shortened version of a proposed 75-foot rapid transit
car. The full-length car would seat 300 passengers in
air-conditioned comfort, and, if used in t he Atlanta
The exhibit is tentatively scheduled for the following
locations after the Fair closes: Oct. 10-15, Rich's
Downtown; Oct. 17-22, North DeKalb Center; and
Oct. 24-29, Greenbriar.
�METROPOLITAN ATLANTA
RAPID TRANSIT AUTHORITY
BOB GLENN BLDG . " 120 MARIETTA ST., N. W .
ATLANTA. GA. 30303 · PHONE 524-5711
"DIRECTED BY THE GEORGIA STATE
LEGISLATURE TO DEVELOP A RAPID
TRANSIT SYSTEM FOR THE 5-COl.JNT.Y
METROPOLITAN ATLANTA AREA." "
Edited by KING ELLIOTT
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
OFFICERS:
RICHARD H. RI CH, Chairnian.
ROY A. BLOU N T, Vice Chairman
ROBERT F. ADAM SON, Treasurer
GLENN E. BENNETT, S ecretary
CITY OF ATLANTA:
L. D. MILTON
MILLS B. LA NE, JR.
RAWSON HAVERTY
RICHARD H. RICH
MEET THE MARTA STAFF
HENRY L. STUART became General Manager,
MARTA, on June I, 1966. His responsibility is the
overall development of the Rapid Transit System, from
engineering, to design, through construction, to operation. Stuart, operating under policies established by
the IO-member Board of Directors
of MARTA, acts as co-ordinator
between the Board and the consulting engineering firm planning
the system; various federal, state,
and local governmental agencies;
manufacturers and suppliers of
equipment, and citizens interested
in rapid transit. Stuart is the chief
administrative officer.
CLAYTON COUNTY:
EDGAR BLALOCK
DEKALB COUNTY:
DR. SA NFORD ATWOOD
ROY A. BLOUNT
FULTON COUNTY:
MITCHELL C. BISHOP
W. A . PULVER
GWINNETT COUNTY:
K. A. MCMILLO N
COBB COUNTY (Obser ver )
OTIS A . BRUMBY, JR .
MARTA STAFF:
HENRY L. STUART, General Manager
KING ELLIOTT, Director of Public Information
H . N . JOH NSON, S ecr etary to General Manager
ATLANTA NEEDS RAPID TRANSIT ... NOW!
"Early completion of the Rapid Transit System is
the only hope for relieving the traffic problems which
plague Atlanta," according to Richard H. Rich, Chairman of MARTA. Rich pointed out that one of the most
important things in the economic
development of any area is the
ability to move people and things
effectively and quickly; and, therefore, the primary purpose of a
rapid transit system is to get
people to and from their jobs
quickly, easily, and comfortably.
"Rapid Transit will not solve all
of the traffic congestion," Rich emphasized. "but it will go a long
Richard H. Rich
way toward the solution.'.'
Rich noted that State Highway Department figures
show that, on a 24-hour-a-day basis, the North Freeway
between 14th Street and downtown is already operating at 35% above its rated capacity. By 1975, the
Highway Department estimates that this same section
will have 70 % to 88% more people wanting to use it
than it is designed for. By 1975 all Atlanta expressways will have more people wanting to use them than
the expressways are designed to handle.
"By completing our planned Rapid Transit System,
we can remove tens of thousands of commuter cars
from the expressways, and make it easier for those who
have to drive to reach their destinations; by doing this,
not only will Atlanta continue 'on the move', but traffic
itself will be able to 'move'," Rich concluded.
Henry L. Stuart
Prior to assuming his post with
MARTA. Stuart was Director of
Service Control, Southern Railway System, Atlanta.
He is a licensed Interstate Commerce Commission
Practitioner, a Certified Member of the American
Society of Traffic and Transportation. He is married,
with three children, and resides at 3282 David Road in
DeKalb County.
KING ELLIOTT assumed his post as Public Information Director, MARTA, on August 22, 1966. He is
responsible for the development and implementation
of a complete public information
and education program. He edits
MARTA's "Rapid Transit PROGRESS," and works closely with
news and other media. He will
also be responsible for developing
other means of telling the Rapid
Transit story, thru displays, public meetings, speeches, trade shows,
etc.
Elliott was News Director, WSB
Radio, before assuming his present
position. While at WSB, he received numerous station and individual awards for excellence in news programming. He is a member of
Sigma Delta Chi, national professional journalism
society.
King Elliott
He resides with his wife and four children at 811
Brookridge Dr. N. E., Atlanta.
H. N. "JOHNNY" JOHNSON, secretary to the
General Manager, came to MARTA June 13, 1966,
from the Lockheed-Georgia Com- - - - - - - - pany, where he held a position in
the employment office. Johnson
handles much of the administrative work of the office, in addition
to his other duties.
H. N. Johnson
He was for three years Administrative Assistant to James V.
Carmichael, Chairman of the
Board, Scripto, Inc.; and for seventeen years was Executive Secretary to the Vice President of
the Central of Georgia Railway.
Johnson, who resides at 1004
Williams Mill Rd. N. E. . has a
son and daughter who attend Decatur High School.
�METROPOLITAN
ATLANTA
"Where We've Been ..."
1954-Metropolitan Planning Commission notes need
for rapid transit "within a few years"
1959-MPC begins series of transportation policy
studies
1960-MPC develops exploratory investigation of rapid
transit as possible supplement to freeway network
1961-Expanded 5-county Atlanta Region Metropolitan Planning Commission proposes comprehensive 5-county R-T plan
- Atlanta Transit System {privately-owned bus
company) endorses idea of publicly-owned rapid
t ransit system in own preliminary proposal,
"Rapid Atlanta"
-Atlanta Chamber of Commerce studies and endorses R-T
1962-General Assembly creates " Metropolitan Atlanta
T ransit Study Commission" ; MATSC lets cont ract to Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Quade and Douglas to develop final plan; PBQD work, completed
December 1962, is approved as "official" plan
- Constitutional amendment to make rapid transit a legitimate public function passes in Fulton
and DeKalb counties, but fails statewide
1963- "Committee of 100" is formed, with former Governor Ernest Vandiver as Chairman
- General Assembly creates " Georgia State Study
Commission" to st udy problems from state's
viewpoint
1964- Rapid Transit Amendment (affecting only 5
counties in Metro Atlanta area) passes
1965- General Assembly passes " Metropolitan Atlanta
Rapid Transit Authority Act of 1965," providing for an Interim Study Commission ; six eligible governments hold speci a l elect ion on
whether to participate; only Cobb County votes
not-to take part
RAPID
TRANSIT
HIGH L I G HTS
" ... and Where We Are ... "
January 3, 1966-Interim Study Commission becomes
"Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority"
-Budget of $300,000 for 1966 is approved ($175,000 local funds, $125,000 federal funds); also,
Atlanta Region Metropolitan Planning Commission has $122,000 federal grant for rapid transit
planning
June I-Henry L. Stuart becomes MARTA General
Manager
June 13-H. N. Johnson becomes Secretary to General
Manager
June 28-Contract is let to Parsons, Brinckerhoff,
Tudor and Bechtel to up-date 1962 plan, and for
preliminary planning on North-South line (Oglethorpe to Hapeville)

July-Cobb County Chamber of Commerce appoints
special committee to study question of another
referendum
August 22-King Elliott becomes Public Information
Director
Sept. 13-Otis Brumby, Jr. of Marietta is appointed
official "observer" for Cobb County at MARTA
meetings
Sept.-Work begins on application for $500,000 in federal funds for preliminary engineering on EastWest line
" ... and Where We're Going ... "
Nov. 8-Constitutional Amendment to allow state to
participate in cost of mass transit to be voted
on
1967-up-dating of 1962 study to be complete
1968-Referendum to finance system to go to voters
1972-North-South Line complete, begins operation
1975-East-West line (Avondale Estates-Adamsville)
opens
1980-Entire System complete
HOW FAR HOW FAST?
The map at left shows the proposed routes for
the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit System.
The following table shows t ypical distances and
travel t imes from , Stations to Transit Center,
which will be located downtown south of Marietta St ., between Broad and Peachtree Streets.
Station
Distance
Time
Norcross .
18.2 miles 23 minutes
Doraville .
13.6
19
10.4
15
Oglethorpe . .
7.1
11
Lenox Square.
Ansley Park
3.4
6
Tenth .St reet
2.0
4
Forest Park .
12.9
16
Hapeville .
9.9
13
East Point .
6.4
9
West End . .
2.2
2
Avondale Estates
7.4
11
Decatur. . . .
6.1
9
Moreland Avenue
2.8
4
4.5
8
Hightower Road.
Ashby Street .
1.6
3
Marietta .
18.3
25
Smyrna . . .
12.9
18
7.2
12
Moores Mill Road
8
Cooks . . . . .
4.7
North Druid Hills Rd. 10.3
15
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ENGINEERS REVISE 1962 PLAN
Engineers for Parsons Brinckerhoff-Tudor-Bechtel,
MARTA engineering consultants, are in their new offices in Atlanta, revising the 1962 Rapid Transit Plan.
The staff of seven is headed by John Coil, Resident
Manager; Raymond K. O'Neil, Deputy Resident Manager ; and Raymond W. Gustafson, Supervising Engineer. Coil says major emphasis is being given to the
railroad "gulch" area, where the Transit Center is to
be located. Engineers are also working on confirmation
of route locations downtown and in outlying areas.
Patronage studies are continuing, along with studies of
downtown distribution of passengers. This part of the
work is about 20 percent completed.
A library study of soils factors is also underway, and
is estimated to be 50 percent completed.
The revision of plans for the North-South line is expected to be completed in June, 1967; and the target
date for revision of the East-West line is December,
1967.
RAPID TRANSIT BRIEFS
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT on transportation of passengers goes tQ Georgia Voters in Nov. 8 General Election. The proposed amendment would declare
public transportation of passengers to be "an essential
governmental function," and would allow the state to
allocate funds to public transportation authorities. The
state is limited to "not more than 10 per cent" of the
total cost, either directly or indirectly. A simple ·maJority of those voting on the amendment will be required
for passage.
COBB COUNTY COMMISSION appointed an official
"observer" to attend MARTA meetings and report on
its actions. The Commission September 13 named Otis
_A. Brumby, Jr., Assistant to the Publisher of the Marietta Daily Journal, to the post.
HENRY L. STUART, General Manager of MARTA,
has been telling the Rapid Transit story; recent appearances include those to Atlanta Chapter of the Public
Relations Society of America; Atlanta Chapter American Right of Wav Association; Atlanta Chamber of
Commerce Rapid Transit Committee, and Dunwoody
Lions' Club. Coming up are speeches to the Atlanta
Chapter, Georgia Society of Professional Engineers,
and to the Druid Hills Kiwanis Club.
STATE PROPERTIES CONTROL COMMISSION
heard from MARTA representatives on August 23 relating to new lease for state-owned Western and Atlantic Railroad properties. SPCC, L. & N. and Southern
Railways agreed to work out details in lease which
would allow subway. aerial, and station construction in
downtown railroad "gulch" area.
"RAPID TRANSIT PROGRESS" is name given to
MARTA's newsletter, with this issue being the first one.
"RTP" is expected to be published monthly, with King
Elliott as editor, and will be sent free to those requesting it .
. MARTA ACTION
Engineer D ave McB rayer (left) discusses changes with
John Coil, Ray O'Neil, and Assistant D ra ftsm a n L evem e
Pa rks
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In the September 6 meeting, the Board of Directors
approved the selection of "Arthur Andersen and Company" as auditor for the Authority. Action on appointment of fiscal agent was postponed until the October
meeting. ,
RA.l?ID TRA.NSIT
PROGRESS
M E TROPO LITA N ATLANTA RAPID TRANSIT AUTHORITY
BOB GL E NN B LDG. · 120 MARI ET TA ST .• N.W .
PHONE 5 2 4-5711 (AR E A C O D E 4 0 4)
OCTOBER 1966 ·VOL. 1. N0 . 1
·
ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30303

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