ATLANTA - The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority will retire its entire fleet in the coming years and is asking the public to help them choose the design of its new set of railcars.
In total, the transit agency is allowing Atlantans to pick one of eight designs for their new cars. The designs are separated into the four themes of minimalist, flowing, neighborhoods, and tracks.
The vote comes a few months after more than a thousand people helped provide insight on the first phase of the "Your Ride, You Decide" campaign - providing input on the interior of the cars including seating, signing, hand-holds, and more enhancements.
According to MARTA, they have only purchased trains three times in their existence--1979, 1985 and 2003.
In 2019 the MARTA Board of Directors approved a $646 million agreement with Stadler Rail to buy 254 new rail cars between 2023 and 2028. A pilot car is scheduled to be completed and delivered in 2022.
The new railcars are slated to arrive in stations in 2023 and will feature more options for standing riders, specially marked areas for bikes and strollers, and dedicated spaces for wheelchairs.
MARTA will also be conducting in-person surveys at rail stations across the city.
The results of the vote and comments will be released at a later date.
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