MARTA unveils new rail cars
MARTA asked, you answered, and starting next year, the first batch of more than 250 new, modern rail cars will pull into a station near you.
Why it matters: Most of MARTA’s current stock of cars are older than 40 years old, and years of use, repairs and getting wrapped in ads for personal injury attorneys can take their toll.
- MARTA will spend $646 million on the new cars with cash from its capital programs budget, agency spokesperson Stephany Fisher tells Axios.
Flashback: Last year, MARTA asked the public to pick its favorite design for the next fleet of heavy rail cars.
- The options all incorporated MARTA’s traditional yellow, blue, and orange colors and featured themes like “flowing ribbons,” “neighborhoods,” “tracks,” and “minimalist.”
Riders picked the minimalist exterior — the sleek design gives the sense of speed, MARTA said last year — coupled with an interior that favors “comfort and technology.”
Details: Unveiled at the annual State of MARTA event held virtually yesterday, the new design features a “smile” on the front of the train that denotes the color of the rail line — and signals to riders which train is arriving.
- Inside, expect an open gangway so riders can move freely between cars, larger ADA spaces, and seats facing forward and inward. Designed and built by Stadler, the cars will also feature larger areas for luggage, bicycles, strollers, or standing.
On the tech side, some seats will have charging stations for smart devices, state-of-the-art lighting, wind screens with embedded digital displays, and digital system maps and service information.
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