Welcome to cfpt.org, the official website of Citizens for Progressive Transit (CfPT). As Atlanta's grassroots transit advocacy organization, CfPT is committed to working with MARTA and regional leaders to help bring about comprehensive, long-term improvements to public transportation throughout the greater Atlanta region.
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Latest MARTA financial news

Today\'s story in the AJC notes that MARTA budget shortfall for the fiscal year was much less than previously expected ($3.8 million gap versus the prognosticated $18-plus million). This is partly due to measures that cut "costs," including service cuts to bus and rail, and partly due to increased sales tax collections as the state\'s economy perks up.

Atlanta Air Quality: Red Alert

For the third day in a row, the air in Atlanta is practically chewable. Coincidentally (unhappy circumstance...), the MARTA service cuts went into effect Saturday, just in time for riders facing the heat and smog. From what we\'ve seen, Atlanta is taking the Southern discomfort in stride, but it does seem ironic that those doing their part to improve air quality (by taking transit, cycling, and walking) are the ones who suffer from the smog the most.

New to CfPT? Frequently Asked Questions Answered

What is Citizens for Progressive Transit?

We are simply locals who are passionate about public transportation being a key piece of the great city puzzle. We strive to be an information conduit between our transit agencies and riders like us.

We also work to share the news about the benefits of transit to the public, including those who don\'t even use it (air quality, congestion relief, stress relief, and cost-effectiveness, among many others) and to increase public support for transit funding.


If you’ve ever wondered why America has the worst public transportation in the industrialized world, and the most freeways, TAKEN for A RIDE documents what happened to America’s streetcar system.

Thanks to everyone who made this event a success! Stay tuned for the next showing if you missed it this time around...

MARTA installs new bus shelters, benches, and Solar Stops (I-Stops)

MARTA has installed 121 shelters, 29 benches, and 73 solar bus stops since 2001, including 11 shelters, 4 benches and 11 solar stops installed so far this year.

Here are some of the criteria for choosing locations for benches or shelters:

-- Average number of customers waiting at bus stop per day (also consider average daily boarding by route and stops that serve multiple routes.) 10 or more boardings per day gets a shelter. 5-9 gets a bench.

Customer comment how-to, Showing "Taken for a Ride" July 26th, at the Patio in Inman Park July 17th, and Citizen Summit.

See extended text for opportunities to get involved with Citizens for Progressive Transit, Atlanta\'s riders\' voice.

Keep Beltline Transit On Track

The community involvement process for the Beltline is beginning to kick into high gear, with a number of meetings and workshops scheduled for the coming weeks and months.

While the ADA workshops are not specifically devoted to the transit element, they are still of great interest to transit supporters, as these sessions will help set the tone for the larger Beltline planning process. From a transit advocacy perspective, there are several issues in particular that would be appropriate to raise this weekend (and at other similar forums):

MARTA approves 2006 budget: No fare increase (for now) but MARTA will decrease rail and bus service

it\'s finally over. After months of debate and speculation

MARTA approves 2006 budget: No fare increase (for now) but rail and bus service cuts pass

Well, it\'s finally over. After months of debate and speculation, MARTA\'s board passed a budget that included the proposed service cuts but not the proposed fare increase. This will be seen as a victory for transit advocates by many, but it\'s important to consider the real consequences of less frequent service during "off-peak " hours. People whose work hours fall outside the peak will have to wait 20 minutes for a train on the north-south line and 15 minutes going east or west. That\'s just too long for a city that wants to be world-class.

Meetings This Week

This was an extremely busy week for transit-related public affairs:
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