Updated: Jul 21, 2020

The nonprofit, independent grassroots “MARTA Army” was built by transit riders who are helping each other and others and MARTA itself work on improving the metro Atlanta transit experience.

Sharing the Five Points podium with Height were several metro residents and transit equity advocates.

“Although 78% of MARTA riders are black, many black residents still struggle to access the city bus lines, which fail to stretch deep enough into the black suburbs,” said Amani Southerland of Georgia Stand-Up. And lots of sidewalks are in poor condition, where they exist, that is.

“We should be focusing on our legacy residents who’ve been here, who’ve been waiting for change,” Southerland said. “Many of them use MARTA to get back and forth from work, but there aren’t enough routes to accommodate them, nor are there enough routes in their neighborhoods.”

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