Box 21, Folder 5, Document 40

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The Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit
Authority held its regular meeting on September 5, 1967, at
3:30 P.M. in the Glenn Building Conference Room, Atlanta. Mr.
Roy A. Blount, Vice Chairman, presided.
Robert F. Adamson (City of Atlanta)
Sanford Atwood (DeKalb County)
M. C. Bishop (Fulton County)
Roy A. Blount (DeKalb County)
Rawson Haverty (City of Atlanta)
Edgar Blalock (Clayton County)
K. A. McMillan (Gwinnett County)
L. D. Milton (City of Atlanta)
Richard H. Rich (City of Atlanta)
Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority
H. L. Stuart, General Manager
Glenn E. Bennett, Secretary
King Elliott, Public Information Director
Earl Nelson, Chief Engineer
H. N. Johnson, Secretary to General Manager
MARTA Advisory Committee
H. Boyer Marx, American Society of Landscape Architects
Richard Forbes, American Institute of Planners
J. A. Coil, Resident Manager, Parsons, Brinckerhoff-Tudor,
Bechtel, Atlanta
Leon Eplan, Eric Hill Associates, Atlanta
W. Stell Huie, Huie & Harland, Atlanta
Joseph Lay, Robinson-Humphrey Company, Inc., Atlanta
William Fletcher, White, Weld & Co., New York City
Thomas J. Pendergrast, Courts & Co.
P.A. Springer, Atlanta Traffic and Safety Council
George B. Pilkington, Bureau of Public Roads
John D. Prien, Jr., Executive Director, Georgia Society
of Professional Engineers
Donald G. Ingram, Central Atlanta Progress, Inc.
J. D. Wingfield, Jr., Mrs. Rachel Champagne, Miss Claudette
Parrish, Atlanta Region Metropolitan Planning Commission
The meeting was called to order by the Vice Chairman.
The minutes of the August meeting were unanimously approved by the
members present. Due to lack of a quorum, it was agreed that this
action would be ratified by the Board at the October meeting.
Financial Report
The General Manager presented the financial report as of August 31,
1967, which is attached hereto and made a part of these minutes.
Costs were running according to the budget. Third quarter appropriations had been received from participating governments with
the e x ception of DeKalb and Gwinnett Counties . The tentative
budget for fiscal 1968 would be submitted to the Board members
for consideration in October .
Progress Reports
General Manager
Mr. Stuart reported that Mr. Nelson had met with officials of the
City of Atlanta, Fulton and DeKalb Counties, and the City of
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�Decatur, and furnished them with sets of the 701 report materials
for their study. He was scheduled to meet with East Point and ·
College Park officials to apprise them of transit plans relative
to their areas.
The General Manager stated that the final draft of the financial
report prepared by Hammer, Greene, Siler Associates had been
received and would be submitted to the Board members.
Public Information Director
Mr. Elliott reported that Mr. M. C. Bishop had made rapid transit
presentations during the past month before the South Fulton Chamber
of Commerce Board of Directors meeting, the College Park Kiwanis
Club and the Atlanta Airport Area Rotary Club. At these meetings
a film was shown entitled "The Alternate Route"; this was on
transportation problems in Los Angeles and its need for a rapid
transit system.
Mr. Elliott mentioned a special column that will appear in f uture
issues of Rapid Transit Progress.
It will answer various questions about rapid transit and plans; subject matter will consist
of "MARTAnswers" by the General Manager.
Chief Engineer
Mr. Nelson reported on his attendance at the Engineering Foundation Research Conference held at Proctor Academy , Andover, New
Hampshire, August 14-16, where discussions and presentations on
e conomic and social aspects of urban transportation were stressed.
The imple me nta tion of new transportation technology wa s pre s e nte d
b y promine nt res earche rs f rom the fe d e ral government a nd priv a t e
Mr . Nelson was instructed to meet with the State Highway Department
in connection with the construction of I - 485 in o rder to determine
e ff e cts this r oute might h a v e on the t r ansit pl a nni ng.
Pars o n s , Bri n c kerho f f - Tudor, Be chtel
Mr. Co i l reported on recent s oil t est borings alo ng the n o rth-so u th
line and exhibited formations o f stone taken at various depths.
Contractual work f o r these borings had been completed and was
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�being analyzed by Law Engineering Testing Company prior to a final
Mr. Donald C. Hyde, retired General Manager of the Cleveland Transit
System and now an Associated Consultant with Parsons, Brinckerhoff,
Quade and Douglas, had visited the PBTB offices recently and rendered valuable guidance on patronage and operations studies under
way. Mr. Walter Quintin of BART, San Francisco, had also worked
in Atlanta recently and furnished information on train controls.
Mr. Coil said PBTB's text for the 701 report was completed and
was going to the printer very soon. Mr. Bennett mentioned that
additional copies, over and above the 250 copies called for under
the 701 contract, might be requested by the Authority. Mr. Bishop
suggested that the General Manager be authorized to secure an
appropriate number of additional copies at MARTA's expense. This
was agreed.
Mr. Coil reported on progress of Lord & Den Hartog, design consultant for PBTB, in the design work for Transit Center and other
stations and said a more detailed report would be made during
November. Design concepts of the stations had been presented to
those in attendance at the briefing session prior to the meeting.
Eric Hill Associates
Mr. Eplan briefly reported on progress of the impact study; discussions had been held with school authorities, fire department
officials, and housing authorities to consider rapid transit plans
and their relationship to these particular functions.
He said
work was continuing; studies were approximately two-thirds complete.
Proposed New Impact Study
Mr. Bennett stated that in view of the studies by Eric Hill
Ass ociates and the 701 reports, he had felt there might be duplication of work in the previously submitted work program for the
first Section 9 Amendment approved by the Authority at the July
meeting. This application had been held up until a revised
program was determined and clarified.
Mr. Wingfield said consideration was being given to retaining one
of the nation's outstanding transportation experts, Alan Voorhees
and Associates of Washington, D. c., to evaluate plans and pro grams. This could be a valuable addition to the final planning
of the transit system. Voorhees would be able to render the
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�Authority excellent advice and evaluations which would be invaluable as input for the pre-referendum campaign next year.
Mr. Ingram of Central Atlanta Progress stated the transportation
consultant selected to advise MARTA would be retained by Central
Atlanta Progress in connection with its studies on transportation.
Other Business
Mr. Bennett informed the Board members of a meeting to be held on
September 12 in the Highway Board Room, co-sponsored by the -State
Highway Department and the Atlanta Region Metropolitan Planning
Commission. The purpose was to discuss important points relative
to overall transportation planning. At the meeting it was expected that a Policy Committee would be organized to render
decisions regarding the Atlanta Area Transportation Study. It
was hoped this would strengthen coordination of all agencies involved in the total transportation planning program for metropolitan Atlanta. To date AATS had operated without unified
policy direction.
Invitations had been sent to heads of local
governments, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Bureau
of Public Roads, MARTA, and the Atlanta Transit System.
The Vice Chairman adjourned the meeting at 4:30 P.M.
Next Meeting
October 3, 1967.
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