MARTA ridership drops slightly since I-85 collapse - CBS46 News

MARTA ridership drops slightly since I-85 collapse

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

When I-85 collapsed, MARTA reported a 45 percent increase in revenue. Some of it's parking lots were hitting 80 percent to full capacity forcing the addition of parking spaces at some locations.

"During the day there's more people than I'm accustomed to," MARTA rider Amanda Burkhart said.

The 25 percent increase in rail system usage MARTA saw following the collapse has dropped to about 12 percent. Riders said they expect to see that drop even more once 85 reopens.

"Once the opportunity arises for them to drive their own car and do what they want to do they'll probably go back to not using MARTA," Burkhart said.

But what could be done to keep new passengers on MARTA and maybe even bring on more people?  Passengers all seem to agree on MARTA reaching other places.

"I think expansion is always great," rider Jonathan Fisher said. "I know that relies on a lot of things and a lot of individuals and i know people don't always vote to support MARTA."

"If they could go other place or maybe even the hours they go place maybe expand those and maybe it will be more helpful to people."

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