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The day after a section of an Interstate 85 bridge in Atlanta collapsed, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority saw a 21 percent increase in ridership. Nearly a month later, the growth in new riders is slowing down.

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Since the collapse, MARTA has experienced an average increase of 11 percent more riders on its trains.



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If you have trouble hearing announcements by MARTA train conductors, you're not alone.

MARTA plans to spend $40 million to install 300 new display boards, add 500 more speakers and replace 4,000 older speakers to address complaints about its audiovisual system.

The new signs, which will double the number it currently has, will be larger than the current signs. And instead of a black backdrop, the signs will look like TV screens with ads, stock information, news and other updates.

An aerial rendering of the Edgewood-Candler Park transit-oriented development. It will include apartments, restaurants, retail and a performance hall.
Courtesy of Columbia Ventures LLC

MARTA broke ground on the first of six "transit-oriented developments" at its Edgewood-Candler Park MARTA station Monday.

A private developer, Columbia Ventures LLC, is building the $40 million project at no cost to MARTA.

The development, called “Spoke”, includes a 224-unit apartment complex, park, restaurant and performing arts center.

Eric Kronberg has lived in Edgewood since 1999 and has been working with neighbors on a vision to redevelop the area for over a decade.

A federal judge has ordered MARTA to appear in court over allegations it's violating an order to improve services for the disabled.

In an order issued last week, U.S. District Judge Thomas Thrash ordered MARTA to prove that it's complying with a consent decree to improve its paratransit system, MARTA Mobility.

The court order has been in place since 2002. Among other stipulations, it requires MARTA to strive for an on-time performance rate of 100 percent.

The plaintiff's attorney David Ates said the on-time rate has fallen well below that.