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Published on July 29th, 2015 |

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MARTA partners with Uber for ‘first and last mile’, adding Wi-Fi

MARTA General Manager Keith Parker recently announced it has partnered with Uber for first and last mile connectivity to help the transportation system’s riders get to their ultimate destinations and also unveiled a pilot program to have Wi-Fi on 50 MARTA buses.

The Uber partnership already is on MARTA’s mobile app and executives said that free Wi-Fi should be available throughout the whole system (on all buses, rail stations and trains) within a year.

That is only the beginning. MARTA Board Chairman Robbie Ashe said the transit agency is focused on expanding its rail network to North Fulton, South DeKalb, the Clifton Corridor and Clayton County.

But in order for MARTA to expand its system, it will need more revenue.

Ashe said the best prospect for that revenue would be to increase the MARTA sales tax in Atlanta, Fulton and DeKalb counties by a half-penny. It is possible that Clayton County also would be included, but it just passed a one-penny sales tax in November to restart transit service in the county.

MARTA is launching a major education effort between now and the next session of the Georgia General Assembly to get support for a bill that would allow voters in those jurisdictions to vote for an additional half-penny that would be put in place for 40 years.

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