Marta, the public transit system in Atlanta, Georgia, offers an environmentally conscious mode of transportation and also enables people to live further away from the business center which is downtown Atlanta. Marta offers a safer alternative to the car much like the electric trolley was for the horseback and the cable car. Traffic has been constantly on the rise and the traffic congestion contributes to much of the pollution in major cities. With Marta working class people who work in the heart of the city are able to find better neighborhoods because the rail lines and the buses extend accessibility of the city without having to own a car.
Many people ride Marta because it is a more environmentally conscious form of transportation and the daily cost is immediately cheaper than buying a car although the price is constantly rising, costing almost five dollars for a round way trip and nearly one hundred dollars for a monthly pass. The problem with using cars to commute to major cities is the poisonous fumes produced by the car and the “debilitating traffic snarls”. Marta eliminates the traffic because the rails go over the main expressways that lead into the city and is also does not produce poisonous fumes because utilizes electric railcars. According to Jon Teaford, “between 1990 and 1995, the amount of time mothers spent in behind the wheels of cars rose eleven percent “. The comminuting time for most people traveling into major cities increases due to traffic related issues. Marta could potentially lessen the time on the road and commuting because traffic can be avoided.
Marta also provides an open and safe environment the station five points is the center of the railway and enables people to go north, south, east, or west. Five points is a large station and it also provides security, even cop’s patrol in regular clothes to catch things people would not normally do in front of a cop in a uniform. In order to use Marta one must possess a breeze card, which is a reloadable card that you put a stored amount on and you tap into the station and out of the station. The stations to buy the card are located outside of the station so that it could be easily accessed. ‘
Marta offers a safe and friendly environment. It reduces pollution in Atlanta because of its usage of the electric rail cars and it also widens the city because in expands into cities outside of Atlanta and makes the center of Atlanta accessible to them.
 Gunter Barth, City People, The Rise of Modern City Culture in Nineteenth-Century America. (New York: Oxford University Press, 1982) 55
 Jon Teaford, The Metropolitan Revolution, The Rise of Post Urban America. (New York: Columbia University Press, 2006) 248
 Teaford, The Metropolitan Revolution, 248