ATLANTA (FOX 5 Atlanta) - An investigation is underway after a motorist and his passenger recorded a speeding MARTA bus driving down an Atlanta city street.
The motorist sent FOX 5 News the video which has now gotten the attention of MARTA.
The video shows the speed of the motorist from the high 50s to low 60s and even into 70 when he said his passenger was recording a MARTA bus ahead of them.
He said the video was recorded on Northside Drive by Mercedes-Benz Stadium and northward for a couple of miles where the posted speed limit is 35 miles per hour.
“I couldn’t keep up with him. He was just driving erratically but he almost hit a car near the World Congress Center,” said the motorist who would identify himself only as Erik.
He said the video was recorded late Christmas night when traffic was lighter than usual on Northside.
That’s inconsequential to Takila Chester who regularly rides the same MARTA route to and from work as the speeding bus.
“That’s very dangerous because you don’t have seatbelts, so yeah, that’s crazy,” said Chester.
The motorist who recorded the speeding bus video told FOX 5 News the bus slowed down when getting onto Interstate 75.
It exited on Howell Mill Road where he saw the male bus driver was alone without any passengers onboard.
“No, it really doesn’t matter that the bus was empty because if the bus had people on it, they could get hurt and they didn’t have nobody on it and something happened you know somebody still could get hurt,” said Andrew Carlisle who regularly rides MARTA on Northside Drive.
In a statement, MARTA wrote:
“The safety and security of MARTA customers, employees, and those with whom we share the road is our number one priority. Our bus operators undergo a rigorous selection and training process and are expected to obey all traffic laws. The incident in the video is now under investigation. We appreciate the attentive driver who took the video and the news media for bringing it to our attention.”
Takila Chester told FOX 5 News the driver should be held accountable, “They should be at least suspended I would say ... because you’re putting people’s lives in danger.”
MARTA did not release any details as to who the driver is or what consequences he could face.