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REPORT TO THE CITIZENS...
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
The progress made in the first year of our Authority
has exceeded our most optimistic expectations. The suc-
cesses achieved and the public and private acceptance of
the rapid transit project have been most encouraging.
One of the first tasks facing the Authority when it
officially came into being January 3, 1966 was that of ob-
taining funds to begin the revision of the 1962 plan for
rapid transit and the preliminary engineering on the sys-
tem itself. The $300,000 financial support pledged by the
participating governments provided funds to set up offices
and matching funds for application for federal funds. Ap-
plications were made to and granted by the U. S. Depart-
ment of Housing and Urban Development for funds to
finance two programs. These funds were immediately put
to work, and the work is under way.
Later in the year another application was made under
the “Section 9” provision of the Mass Transportation Act,
and this also was approved, providing us with $369,000 to
expand and continue the work being done.
In December, then-Governor Carl Sanders announced
that the State budget would contain a request for $500,000
over two vears for MARTA. This was made possible by
a constitutional amendment which was approved by_ 55
per cent of the voters in the State in November, and is
the first financial support from the State in the rapid
The nucleus of the MARTA staff was formed with the
appointment of Henry L. Stuart as General Manager. Mr.
Stuart has begun the work of securing qualified persons to
fill key positions.
The acceptance of the project by Federal, State, and
Local Governments, and by the people of the State At
Large, and in the Metropolitan Atlanta Area, has been
most gratifying and inspires us to increase our efforts in
1967 for even greater strides toward our ultimate goal of
providing our citizens the most modern, efficient, and
economical rapid transit system possible.
RICHARD H. RICH,
RAPID TRANSIT AUTHORITY
808 GLENN BLDG,*120 MARIETTA ST., N.W.
ATLANTA, GA. 30303 +*PHONE 5324-5711
“DIRECTED BY THE GEORGIA STATE
LEGISLATURE TO DEVELOP A RAPID
TRANSIT SYSTEM FOR THE S-COUNTY
METROPOLITAN ATLANTA AREA,"
Edited by Kinc Evuiotr
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
RicHarp H, Ricu, Chairman Roy A. BLount, Vice Chairman
Rosert F, ADAMSON, Treasurer GLENN E. BENNETT, Sceretary
CITY OF ATLANTA:
Miuus B. Lang, JR. L. D. MI.ton
Ricuarp H. Ricw RAwson Haverty
Roy A. Blount Dr. SANForD ATwoop
W. A. PULVER MitcHe.t C. Bisnop
K. A. McMILLon
COBB COUNTY (Observer)
OTs A. Brumpy, Jn
Henry L. Stuart, General Manager
Kinc Euutott, Director of Public Information
H. N. Jounson, Secretary to General Manager
On June 28, 1966 we signed a contract with the con-
sulting engineers, Parsons Brinckerhoff-Tudor-Bechtel for
preliminary engineering work on the North-South Line
between Oglethorpe and the airport. The Atlanta Region
Metropolitan Planning Commission also signed contracts
with Parsons Brinckerhoff-Tudor-Bechtel and Hammer,
Greene, Siler Associates to update the 1962 plan in its
entirety. This committed to the work approximately 310
thousand dollars of which $62,500 was local funds.
The financial report on page 3 and the charts on page
4 indicate the income and expenditures of the Authority
during 1966. These figures include the non-recurring ex-
penditures required to establish the offices for the staff, and
the funds committed but not expended as “matching funds”
for programs financed in part with federal funds.
The preliminary engineering and updated planning
will result in definition of routes, operating expenses, fare
structures, and service requirements in the light of changes
that have occurred in Metropolitan Atlanta since 1962.
This work will place your Authority in a position to pro-
ceed with detail design and right of way acquisition.
In the closing days of the 89th Congress the passage
of the Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1966 was one
of the most encouraging events of the year. It means that
our work will continue without interruption.
This very complex job of developing the best rapid
transit system in the world requires careful planning and
engineering, which, in the early stages, is very time con-
suming. Work is moving ahead as rapidly as possible, con-
sidering the requirements for attention to detail and high-
quality planning and engineering, and the year 1967 should
see some major achievements in the engineering efforts.
HENRY L. STUART,
Richard H, Rich, Chairman (right-center, with pipe) presides over
meetings of the MARTA Board of Directors. The Board meetings are
held the first Tuesday of each month, and are open to the public
The Second International Conference on Urban Transportation will
be held in Pittsburgh, Pa., April 17-19, 1967. Theme for the Con-
ference will be “The Urban Push: Cities in Motion.”
“If an urban rapid transit system never earned an operating profit,
it would still pay for itself a thousand times over through its bene-
ficial impact on real estate values and increased assessment.” G. W’ar-
ren Heenan, Past President of the Toronto (Ontario) Real Estate
CASH RECEIPTS AND DISBURSEMENTS
FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 1966
Cash Receipts From:
Local Governments $290,895.00
Cash Disbursements For:
Planning and Engineering (Note 1) 72,848.09
Administrative & General 96,072.07
Unexpended Funds $122,404.32
1. The Authority has a contract with the Atlanta Region
Metropolitan Planning Commission to update the 1962
plan and program of rapid transit for the Atlanta
metropolitan region. The Authority is committed to
pay $61,188 for this work of which $31,250 has been
paid as of December 31, 1966. The remainder of the
funds required by the Planning Commission for this
project (approximately $122,000) will be provided by
the United States Government under Section 701 of
the Housing Act of 1954. The Commission also has (1)
a contract with Parsons Brinckerhoff-Tudor-Bechtel to
provide the engineering services required to update the
1962 plan, and (2) a contract with Hammer, Greene,
Siler Associates, Inc. to update the financial and organi-
zation considerations of the 1962 plan.
The Authority has a contract with the same engineers
to provide extended work and engineering support in
addition to that provided under the Commission con-
tract. The engineers are to be paid cost plus a fee for
each project under the contract (total cost not to ex-
2. The Authority has a commitment from the Department
of Housing and Urban Development of the United States
Government to advance $125,000 to it to be used for
preliminary planning and engineering for the construc-
tion of the initial operations of the rapid transit system.
The advance is noninterest bearing and repayable only
upon the start of construction of the system. The Au-
thority has entered into a contract with Parsons Brinck-
erhoff-Tudor-Bechte]l to perform this work.
AnTHUN Axpensen & Co,
To the Board of Directors of
Metropoliten Atlanta Repld
We have examined the statenent of cash recetpte and
disbursesente of the Metropolitan Atlante Hapid Tranait Authority (e
Georgia susicipal corporation) for the year anded Deresbar 31, 1966.
Gur erasination wae cade in accordance with generally accepted
auditing standards, and accordingly included auch teetm of the
accounting records and auch other suditing procedures a0 ve cpnetdered
feceosary In the clrcusstances,
In. our opinion, the secospanying elatesent presenta fairly
the caeb receipte and disturcements of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid
Transit Authority for the year ended December J1, 1966.
Bee Ab oo
January 12, 1967.
Drawings of rapid transit cars now in use or on order by
existing rapid transit systems. MARTA engineers will ex-
amine all types of rapid transit cars before final design is
WHERE THE MONEY
CAME FROM AND WENT
33.0% Reserve to
*Does not include
Federal Funds for ARMPC's
plead ta lG60 We Shodld See...
U. 5. Department
Housing and Urban
7 Development 4.5%
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“The reason for building the system itself gives rise to a compre-
hensive set of environmental design requirements that need most
serious consideration. Though the system is a utility, in the sense
that it is a useful necessity, it isn’t like water, or light or heat, or
even telephones, in that everybody needs some for his own use.
It’s equally a necessity to those who don’t use it. Those, for in-
stance, who drive on less crowded roads and find parking spots
easier as a result of it. So that there is no one who is not affected
by the existence of the system, whether he rides on it or just looks
B AY ARE A at it, or never even heard of it—if that’s possible .. . If there can
R APID TR ANSIT be more to it than just fast, safe transportation and if it can con-
as seen by: tribute to the life and the growth of the community and if it can
Sprague Thresher, Staff Architect enrich the rider a little bit, then truly it will be a design for people
Parsons Brinckerhoff-Tudor-Bechtel. and this is really what is happening.”