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.