Friday, September 24, 2010

MARTA cutbacks take effect tomorrow

Posted By on Fri, Sep 24, 2010 at 9:42 AM

MARTA riders will see a drastically different version of the metro region's largest transit agency on Saturday. And it'll probably remain that way for some time.

The most visible of the transit agency's cost-cutting measures to fill a $69 million deficit — including eliminated and modified bus routes — take effect tomorrow. And on Oct. 1, most pass prices will increase. (You can read about individual changes to service here.)

After the jump, a full list of modified and eliminated routes, changes in service hours, and other info.

From MARTA:

Bus Service Changes

Modified Bus Routes:

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 19, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30, 32, 33, 34, 36, 37, 42, 47, 49, 50, 51, 53, 55, 56, 58, 60, 66, 68, 73, 74, 75, 78, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 89, 93, 95, 99, 103, 104, 107, 111, 114, 115, 116, 117, 119, 120, 121, 520L, 521E, 123, 125, 126, 132, 140, 143, 148, 150, 153, 155, 162, 165, 170, 172, 178, 180, 181, 183, 185, 186, 189, 193

Eliminated Bus Routes:

7, 11, 17, 18, 22, 28, 38, 44, 45, 52, 54, 57, 59, 67, 69, 70, 72, 77, 88, 91, 96, 97, 105, 113, 118, 122, 137, 139, 151, 160, 200, 216, 245, 273, 311, 328, 329, 341, 364, 376, 389, 397

Elimination of the Braves Shuttle and the Lakewood Shuttle (effective 2011)

Rail Service Changes

New Frequencies:

• Weekday 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.: 15 minutes all lines
• Weekday 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.: 20 minutes all lines
• Weekends: 20 minutes all lines

New Service Hours:

• Weekdays: 4:45 a.m. to 1 a.m.
• Weekends: 6:00 a.m. to 1 a.m.
• Red Line turn around at Lindbergh: 7:00 p.m. every night
• Green Line turn around at Vine City: 7:00 p.m. every night

RideStore Closings

• RideStores will be CLOSED at Lenox Station and Lindbergh Headquarters
• RideStores remain OPEN at Airport and Five Points Stations

Restroom Closings

There will be nine restrooms available to the public at transfer and end-of-line stations including Bankhead, College Park, Doraville, Edgewood/Candler Park, Five Points, Hamilton E. Holmes, Indian Creek, Lindbergh and North Springs.

· Restrooms at Five Points Station will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
· The remaining eight restrooms will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Please see the Station Agent for access. Please be aware that National Homeland Security alerts may require restrooms to be closed without notice.

Reduced Fare Office Hours

Reduced Fare Office will remain OPEN at Lindbergh Headquarters and Five Points Station with new hours. Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to Noon and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Lost and Found Office Hours

The Lost and Found Office at Five Points will have new hours from 9:00 a.m. to Noon and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Customer Call Center Changes

The Customer Call Center will no longer provide Breeze Card balance information.

Effective September 25th, call 404-848-5000 and use the automated telephone system to check Breeze Card balances. Balances can also be checked online at www.breezecard.com. Click on the link “Check the balance of your Breeze Card and Expiration Date.” Follow the simple directions and click Submit. If you do not have access to a computer, you can check your local library or community center for free computer access.

You can also check your balance in any MARTA rail station at a Breeze Vending Machine (select Option D on the first screen) or the RideStores at Airport or Five Points Stations.

Customer Call Center hours will be modified as follows:

Routes/Scheduling Information Center:
Mon.-Fri. 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Weekends and Holidays 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Customer Services Center: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Five Points Information Booth: Mon.- Fri. 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

THE FOLLOWING CHANGES ARE EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 3, 2010

Breeze Changes

Reduced Breeze Card Cost

The cost of a Breeze Card will be reduced from $5.00 to $1.00. The 2 free trips will no longer be on the card and you will need to load additional fare on the new card at the time of purchase.

Breeze Tickets Can No Longer Be Reloaded

The Breeze Ticket will still cost 50¢ and can only be used once for either a One-Way Trip, Round Trip or 1-Day Pass.

Change To Loading Breeze Cards On Buses

Only Breeze Cards can be reloaded at the bus farebox. We have made it easier to reload in these three simple steps:

1. Tap Breeze Card on the bus farebox
2. Insert cash
3. Tap Breeze Card once only on the farebox to pay fare and load transfer

Customers no longer need to ask the bus operator for assistance.

Fares

[ed. Because of formatting issues, we couldn't paste the new fare table. Here are the basics: Prices of the 2-day, 3-day, 4-day, 7-day passes will increase $2, $1, $2 and $2, respectively. The price of the 30-day pass will increase $8. The Mobility pass will increase $7.]

Child Fare Change
The number of children under 46” who can ride free with a paying adult will also be changed to a maximum of two.

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