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May 15, 2017

MAC Statement on I-85 Reopening

“The efficiency, speed and commitment shown by all involved in the repair of I-85 is worth applauding. The work done has given us a glimpse into our region’s resiliency.

“After that section of the highway re-opens, it's important that we sustain the mode-shift we saw. MARTA rail ridership increased more than 25 percent, our businesses embraced flexible working and our citizens encouraged their neighbors to use transit and ride-sharing. Let’s continue to be creative and avoid adding congestion to our roadways during peak periods.

“The real lesson we’ve learned is that expanding transit across our region is a must. This is critical when it comes to allowing businesses to move freight efficiently – an important factor in driving our economy.”