MARTA Sees Ridership Increase

March 23, 2007 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

ATLANTA – From July to December 2006, MARTA’s passenger counts grew by 7.2 percent and passenger revenue increased by 3.8 percent over the same period last year.   Nationwide, public transit ridership grew by 2.9 percent from 2005 to 2006. “MARTA is working hard to improve service and attract more riders to the system and we are pleased to see the positive results of our efforts,” said General Manager Richard McCrillis. “We hope to sustain this trend through the multiple renewal and improvement efforts we have underway – including our rail car rehabilitation project, increased service levels, and heightened focus on

MARTA to Review Station Gaps

January 2, 2007 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

ATLANTA — MARTA, metro Atlanta’s mass transit system, is reviewing the so-called station gaps, the distance between subway stops, according to a report in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Officials hope adding more stations to the 48-mile line will attract more riders. Extending the rail line would cost roughly $100 million per mile, while building the “infill stations” might be a cheaper approach. “MARTA’s approach has always been to extend the line, and once they’ve built that, development would come,” Lara Hodgson, a member of metro Atlanta’s regional Transit Planning Board, told the newspaper. “But what if you did the opposite?” she

2006: The Railroad Year in Review

January 1, 2007 The Cross-Tie 0

Like any other year, 2006 saw its fair share of ups and downs for the railroad industry. Some stories were hard to list in a particular month. The controversy over the Duluth, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad’s federal loan is a good example, and could probably make a good argument for “Story of the Year.” Because of the difficulty, DM&E-related entries might not be found in every month, but its importance as a story in 2006 is not overlooked. While it is impossible to list every story that impacted the railroad world in 2006, here is a rundown of some of

Etowah Railroad

December 31, 2006 Railfanning.org 0

Once upon a time, Bartow County, Ga., was an important railroad town. Today, the dozens of CSX trains simply traverse the countryside of this north Georgia county.

Western & Atlantic Railroad

December 31, 2006 Railfanning.org 0

ATLANTA – On Dec. 21, 1836, the Georgia state Legislature authorized the construction of a railroad between Atlanta and Chattanooga, Tenn., forever shaping the state’s history. Surveying for the railroad, which would become the Western & Atlantic Railroad, began in 1837. Construction began in November 1839, and the complete line was opened in 1850. The first train between Atlanta and Marietta, Ga., ran on Dec. 23, 1842. It would be another three years before regular rail service would begin on the stretch of track. The railroad’s southern terminus, Atlanta, was a growing railroad town, which by the mid 19th century

Tracking the Decapods

December 31, 2006 Todd DeFeo 0

Scattered across Northeast Georgia are three relics of the past, which hearken back to the days when steam giants ruled the rails.

Kingston, Ga., Officials Want Historic Designation for Railroad Wye

November 22, 2006 Todd DeFeo 0

Officials in Kingston, Ga., want a former railroad Wye, the site of a daring Civil War escapade, to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The wye, where the Western & Atlantic and Rome railroads joined, was built in 1849, according to a report in The Daily Tribune News of Cartersville, Ga. The tracks were removed in the 1970s, about the time that the city’s historic train depot also burned, the newspaper reported. Though tracks are no longer in place, the former railroad road bed was not removed. Similarly, the depot’s foundation also remains. On April 12, 1862,

McCrillis named MARTA General Manager

September 27, 2006 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

ATLANTA – Richard J. McCrillis has been named general manager and Chief Executive officer of the authority of MARTA. He has served as interim general manager/CEO since January. “Richard McCrillis brings a wealth of experience to the table and is the clear choice to lead MARTA at this critical time in our history,“ MARTA Board Chairman Edmund Wall said. “As Interim General Manager, Richard has charted a course focused on fiscal responsibility, customer-focused service planning and regional transportation development, and the Board is excited to continue working with him to achieve these goals.” McCrillis joined MARTA in 1985 as Director

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