MARTA schedules police training exercise, free ride dayFILE PHOTO USED FOR ILLUSTRATION PURPOSES: A MARTA train passes over the mural at the corner of Dekalb Ave. and Arizona Ave. on Thursday, April 17, 2014. File Photo by Jonathan Phillips
The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) will be conducting a full-scale police training exercise at the MARTA Airport station on Sunday, September 13.
MARTA said in a press release, “Operation Destination Disaster” will cause train service at the airport to be “temporarily discontinued at the end of revenue service on Sept. 12. A bus bridge will be located at the Airport Station West Curb/Ground Transportation to take customers to the College Park Station. Customers driving to the College Park Station will have parking access in the east lot. Regular Sunday rail service will resume on Sept. 13 at approximately 5:50 a.m.”
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The announcement explains, “This training exercise provides the opportunity for MPD, MARTA staff and other emergency response agencies to address simulated incidents, such as terrorist attacks, pandemics or natural disasters in a real-life setting. The Federal Transit Authority and the Department of Homeland Security require that transit agencies of MARTA’s size conduct these exercises to assess plans and response capabilities.”
In other MARTA news, all train and bus rides will be free on Labor Day.
In a Facebook post, MARTA said, “We are inviting everyone to enjoy Atlanta on us. On Monday, September 7, all MARTA trains and buses will be FREE. Spread the word and if you post any photos from your trip, please tag them with #WhereWillYouGo.”
A commenter asked if a special pass would be needed. MARTA responded saying, “No, you won’t need any type of Breeze card or ticket. All the station fare gates will be open so you can walk in or out. The buses will not be collecting fares either. Just walk on and grab a seat.”