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Thursday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott":

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MARTA is changing 19 bus routes in the west, south and southwest parts of Atlanta starting Saturday, Aug. 5. Ten of the bus routes include segments where the bus will no longer travel through.

Debra Wilburn lives in the Centra Villa Apartments, along a half-mile stretch of road where four bus stops are shutting down on Route 81.

Wilburn is 62 and said the closures could mean a trip to the doctor will take her twice as long because she may have to walk further.

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Monday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott":

MARTA is working to roll out a mobile ticketing system on trains and buses over the next few years.
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Starting this weekend, blue Breeze Cards will no longer work on MARTA buses and at rail stations. They’re being replaced by silver Breeze Cards, which the transit agency says are more secure because of their embedded computer chips.

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Meanwhile, MARTA is working on a mobile payment system so you can get rid of cards altogether and use a smartphone to pay for your ride.

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Atlanta city officials say it will take about a year before MARTA takes over operation of the Atlanta Streetcar.

 

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Earlier this week, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced that MARTA will become the sole operator of the streetcar system, which went into service in late 2014.

 

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