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Aug. 18th, 2006 @ 10:48 pm Blast from the past
Photos behind cuts

The initial plan for MARTA (before MARTA even had a name) that included routes to Gwinnett, Clayton and Cobb. You'll also note that there was a line through Druid Hills and Emory that the locals ultimately defeated.

Sadly most of the MARTA stations were designed when the brutalist style of urban architecture was in vogue. The original conceptual design was much cooler looking.

City Hall East, which is part of the Beltline (now likely to be Buses instead of trains), was originally planned to be a stop on MARTA. Back then, City Hall East was still a huge Sears distribution center.

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Date:August 19th, 2006 04:35 am (UTC)
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Did you win that ebay auction for the old promotional materials? Those show up every now and then. BART promo stuff looked quite similar.

I wouldnt mind our station design as much if they had simply picked out one good design and stuck with it throughout the entire system, like DC.

Gotta love the heavy rail station with its own pool out back though! Maybe the glass tower in the foreground was to be the original MARTA HQ. I can totally see Nat Ford soaking up the rays and running up the credit card on steak dinners and dry martinis.

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Date:August 22nd, 2006 09:13 pm (UTC)
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cool. looks like they ran the trains frequently enough to just use 2 and 3 car trains.