Monday, December 16, 2013

Lost and confused MARTA bus cruises down Tennessee highway

Posted By on Mon, Dec 16, 2013 at 12:56 PM

MARTA buses don't often joyride down Georgia's open roads, let alone in metro Nashville. But it happens!

Yesterday afternoon, just outside the Music City, I noticed one of the transit agency's brand new chariots headed eastbound on I-24. The bus, which was presumably en route to Atlanta, still had plastic wrapping on its front. (We sent a line to MARTA to see why this rogue test vehicle was, well, in another state far outside the agency's domain)

Here's a quick photo of the vehicle in action:

Back in October, MARTA announced plans to roll out 265 new buses over the next three years. Nearly 90 buses are planned for the near future to serve riders in Fulton and DeKalb counties.

UPDATE, Tuesday, 10:08 a.m.: MARTA has provided a brief explanation about the rogue vehicle. According to spokesman Jeremy Craig, heavy-duty bus manufacturer New Flyer is making new MARTA chariots at its Minnesota facility. Once built, the buses are driven down to Atlanta and pass through Tennessee.

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