ATLANTA, GA– November 7, 2016— Reducing congestion and improving transportation options are priorities for Atlanta residents – and they are for us at Uber too. We are proud to do our part by getting more people in fewer cars through products like UberPOOL – but we know that reliable and accessible mass transit is crucial for the city. That’s why Uber supports the MARTA expansion and T-SPLOST measures on the ballot this Tuesday.
Ridesharing goes hand in hand with public transportation. For Uber, that means working together with MARTA to get more people to their destinations safely and efficiently. For Uber rider Gerald, that means taking an 11-mile Uber ride from his home to the Indian Creek station, followed by a MARTA ride to his job in Buckhead. And there are riders like Gerald across metro Atlanta:
Earlier this year, the American Public Transportation Association released a study confirming that those who use services like ridesharing are more likely to use public transit. These same riders are also more likely to walk and save money on transportation overall.
Next week, we have a chance to enhance these opportunities and decrease congestion. Uber picks up where MARTA drops off – and an expanded MARTA will create access to even more affordable transportation options for even more people. The initiatives funded by T-SPLOST – from expanding the BeltLine to implementing the next phase of the Atlanta Bike Share program – are expected by our riders and will improve our quality of life. Together, we can make it easier to get around and enjoy our great city.
We urge Atlantans to vote yes on the MARTA expansion and T-SPLOST referenda at the polls on Tuesday.
Luke Marklin is General Manager of Uber Atlanta.