Friday, March 31, 2017

MARTA adds services after I-85 collapse

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A fire under Interstate 85 near Atlanta burns March 30. MARTA's Armour Yard is seen adjacent to the highway. A fire under Interstate 85 near Atlanta burns March 30. MARTA's Armour Yard is seen adjacent to the highway. WSB-TV via Twitter

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority is adding trains to accommodate an expected surge in riders after a fire destroyed a heavily-traveled segment of Interstate 85.

 

No cause has been determined for the inferno that caused an elevated section of the highway’s southbound lanes to collapse northeast of downtown Atlanta Thursday. Officials said the northbound lanes along the stretch of damaged highway will also be closed to check for damage. No timeframe was given for re-opening the interstate.

Many of the 250,000 people who travel I-85 each day will turn to mass transit for their commutes.

“Due to the recent I-85 collapse, MARTA is providing additional services to accommodate the expected influx of passengers needing to navigate traffic congestion and delays,” the agency said. “MARTA is increasing rail services to assist travelers during this time. Additional representatives are on hand to assist passengers as needed.  MARTA continues to work closely with our state and local partners to ensure that residents and visitors can safely reach their destinations.”

The agency did not release schedule details ahead of Friday’s morning commute.

MARTA operates 338 railcars servicing 38 stations across its system.

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