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Stats imageMARTA is responsible for creating jobs across the state. 
  • According to a May 2007 UGA study by the Carl Vinson Institute, MARTA is directly and indirectly responsible for the creation of over 20,000 jobs in Georgia.

According to an October 2009 report by the American Public Transportation Association, every $1 billion invested in public transportation capital and operations supports an average of 36,000 jobs.

MARTA has a significant economic impact and spurs growth in the state. 

  • According to a May 2007 UGA study by the Carl Vinson Institute, Georgia realizes a $2.1 billion impact to the state's economy because of MARTA.
  • According to an October 2009 report by the American Public Transportation Association, every $1 billion invested in public transportation investment also yields $3.6 billion in business sales and generates nearly $500 million in federal, state and local tax revenues.
MARTA gets you where you need to go.
  • MARTA provides 500,000 daily passenger boardings - 54 percent of those are customers going to work and 10 percent use it to get to school.
  • About 46% of MARTA customers report they do not have another readily available transportation option.
MARTA provides safe and accessible service for everyone.
  • Riding a transit bus is 91 times safer than travelling in a car.
  • About 13 percent of residents over 55 years old in MARTAs core service area (Atlanta, Fulton and DeKalb counties) intend to ride MARTA when they can no longer drive.
MARTA reduces traffic congestion and emissions.
  • MARTA takes more than 185,000 cars off the roads each day.
  • If MARTA stopped running, annual traffic delays in Atlanta (already second only to Los Angeles) would increase by 1.25 million hours and cost an additional $245 million in congestion costs (i.e. gas consumption, tardy deliveries and employee productivity).

All of our state and Metro Atlanta federal transportation funding depends on meeting mandated air quality standards. Without MARTA, the region would risk losing its eligibility to qualify for billions of dollars in future transportation investments.


Tanner, T., & Jones, A. (2007). The Economic Impact of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. Athens, GA: Carl Vinson Institute of Government, The University of Georgia.
American Public Transportation Association, Economic Impact of Public Transportation Investment (2009), http://www.apta.com/mediacenter/pressreleases/2009/Pages/091023_creates_jobs.aspx
Carl Vinson Institute of Government Report
APTA Economic Impact Report
MARTA Department of Research and Analysis
American Public Transportation Association,
MARTA Department of Research and Analysis Atlantas Aging Population
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Benefits From Public Transportation Service and Operations Strategies for Atlanta, GA, TTI Mobility Report, pg 7.
U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program,
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