Episode 10 : Impact of COVID-19 on Transit Ridership

Part 1

MARTA’s David Springstead, Chief of Rail Operations, and Collie Greenwood, Chief of Bus Operations, discuss the future of mass-transit in the City of Atlanta with regard to mobility as the driving force for the regional economy. In order for Atlanta to thrive, David and Collie envision a future MARTA with blended services and options which leverage pilot technologies as a solution to the regional economy.

To learn more about the MARTA Heroes, visit: https://www.itsmarta.com/heroes.aspx

Part 2

Kari Watkins, Frederick Law Olmsted Associate Professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, discusses the impact real-time transit information has had in sustaining urban communities and their economies through her OneBusAway Program. Additionally, Watkins describes the long-term effects pre-COVID and post-COVID trends in human behavior will have on Atlanta’s future transit ridership – particularly with its bus ridership. Rethinking how sustainable transit practices in Atlanta can foster a more livable urban density is currently what Watkins is researching, leading the new T-SCORE Transit Center at Georgia Tech.

To learn more about the OneBusAway Program, visit: https://onebusaway.org/

To learn more about the Georgia Tech T-SCORE Transit Center, visit: https://ce.gatech.edu/news/georgia-tech-team-wins-1-million-grant-lead-university-transportation-center

Photo of an undetermined Georgia Tech home game during the 1918 college football season. That's when the sport was hit by the Spanish flu and the end of World War I.

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