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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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Mayor Kasim Reed announced today that the Atlanta streetcar will continue to be free through the rest of the year.

“What I want is for it to become a part of our city’s culture and I think that if people ride it for a year and get accustomed to using it to get around as we have more than $800 million in new development coming within a five minute walk, then I think that’s probably the best outcome,” Reed said.  

Reed said tech firms have approached him about developing an app that would allow people to pay for the streetcar with their phones instead of the Breeze Card.