Any use of MARTA property for commercial photography or filming of commercials, television shows, short features, student projects, feature films, or any other filming requires a signed license agreement. MARTA has no responsibility to approve or enter into an agreement with the requesting entity. MARTA’s decision to approve or reject film and commercial photography requests will be based on the impact to MARTA’s core business mission to provide transit service to our customers. MARTA must receive a signed agreement, together with payment in advance, if required, and acceptable insurance certificates in order to approve a request.
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Film & Photography Request Form (Word, 31KB)
Film Requests: Request for filming must be submitted in writing to Lyle V. Harris, Chief Spokesperson, 2424 Piedmont Road, N.E., Atlanta, Georgia 30324-3311. All requests must be made at least thirty (30) days prior to the scheduled date of filming.
Filming Restrictions: Filming is not permitted on in-service trains, buses or vans, and may not be permitted on platforms during revenue service hours. All filming is at the discretion of MARTA, based on safety and operational considerations. Scripts must be submitted in advance and approval will not be given for content that denigrates MARTA or public transit in general. If the film request is approved, the filmmaker will be required to attend a preproduction planning meeting with MARTA staff.
Insurance – Minimum policy limits of five million ($5,000,000) per occurrence for general liability, property damages and personal injury, with MARTA as an additional insured and a thirty (30) day cancellation provision. In addition, the filmmaker must provide evidence of worker’s compensation coverage with the statutory limits.
Security – Off-duty MARTA police officers must be retained for security purposes in a number to be determined by the scope of the project. All officers will be paid directly by the filmmaker and must be covered by worker’s compensation coverage.
Schedule – A detailed schedule must be submitted in advance of filming and the license agreement will be effective only for the time period agreed upon.
Costs – A minimum of $250 per hour will be charged to cover the cost of MARTA personnel involved in the use of the property or in making arrangements. MARTA reserves the right to require payment in advance. Additional charges may apply depending on the specifics of the filming, including, but not limited to, a damage deposit. If required, the damage deposit will be refunded at the completion of a property inspection. The filmmaker is responsible for all actual costs associated with repairs for damage caused during filming.
Indemnification – The filmmaker will indemnify MARTA from any claims, demands, liability or lawsuits arising from the use of the property.
Safety requirements - The filmmaker will comply with all MARTA’s safety requirements associated with the use of the property. The filmmaker will not be permitted to use firearms, animals, explosives and special effects on the property. If safety briefings or training are required based on the location of the filming, additional costs will be assessed for safety briefings or training.
Protection of Property - The filmmaker will not be permitted to make any alterations to the property and must clean the property and return it in good condition at the end of the license period.
Lyle V. Harris, Chief Spokesperson
2424 Piedmont Road, NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30324-3311