MARTA Extends Hours of Operation for Bus Route #36

marta-logoThanks to Courtenay Dr. resident Cary Aiken, MARTA will be extending the hours of operation for Bus Route #36 (No. Decatur Rd./Virginia-Highland) from the current 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., effective April 18.

Aiken noticed that when MARTA Route #’s 45 and 36 were combined a while back, connectivity to either Emory or Midtown was lost after 9 p.m. This caused problems in terms of getting home late at night from events he chose to attend in either of those areas.

Aiken brought the issue to the attention of MARTA Service Planner II Andrew McBurney in January and McBurney advised in late February that Bus #36 service would indeed be extended to 11 p.m.

McBurney additionally advised that starting in April Bus #36 will be re-routed to end at Decatur Station due to a transit-oriented development construction project at Avondale Station, where the bus currently terminates. The re-route is expected to be in place for approximately 18 months.


BeltLine/Streetcar Transit Study Group to Meet in VaHi

Sorry for the late notice but we just found out about a meeting you might want to attend.

The Federal Transit Administration, in cooperation with the City of Atlanta, Invest Atlanta, and Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., is conducting environmental assessments for extensions of the Atlanta Streetcar.  You’re invited to attend a public meeting to discuss the transit route options in designated areas along the east side of the Atlanta BeltLine corridor and in the Downtown & Midtown areas. There will also be discussion of MARTA connectivity options as well as education about the overall transit system plan and next steps.

The meeting is this Thursday July 17, 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Virginia-Highland Church, 743 Virginia Ave.

Here’s a link to the Atlanta BeltLine website page where we learned about the meeting.


BeltLine Master Plan for Sub-area 6

The BeltLine Master Plan for “sub-area 6” includes the western edge of Virginia-Highland along Piedmont Park and Monroe Drive. These include proposals for improvements to the intersections of Monroe and 8th; Monroe and 10th/Virginia/Kanuga; and for converting Monroe to two lanes with a median/turn lane. Diagrams cover proposed bike access and transit.

The download can take a while as it’s 45 MB large: download main document here; there are also appendices (72 MB).

BeltLine master planning homepage

Here are some pictures from the document:


Voice – Winter 2004

Download as PDF (4.2 MB)

– Find out how the Joneses live and support your community (Tour of Homes)
– Civic Association award more than $40,000 to local organizations
– Letter from the President, by Kevin Cronin (opposing Piedmont Park parking deck)
– Orme Park drainage problems to be addressed
– MARTA oughta to be smarta, by Chip Gallagher
– Tour of Homes 2004 (description and picture of each picture)
This could be you: sad shamed and sued, by Chip Gallagher
– Five taxi stands should reduce traffic problems
– Civic association offers funds for off-duty police patrols, by Jean Ellen Jones
– The Good Neighbor (portrait of Cynthia Gentry, who led efforts to build Cunard playground at John Howell Park), by Nonie Daniel
– The Highland Hoer: Time for outdoor cleanup, by John Wolfinger
– Community survey form


Voice – Fall 2004

Download PDF (3.7 MB)

– Vote for your Board of Directors on September 13
– Water restrictions underway
– Tour of Homes update
– President’s address, by Kevin Cronin (Summerfest success)
– Proposed amendments to VHCA bylaws
– Why we don’t use MARTA, by Chip Gallagher
– Highland Hoer: A gardener’s heart, by John Wolfinger


Highland Avenue Transportation Survey

Thanks for taking a moment to fill out this survey. It is only with neighborhood input that we can identify the public transit (trolleys, shuttles, MARTA bus service) needs of the residents and businesses along Highland Avenue.

Please tell us about your household:

Household Status:

# of children in household:

# of household members in the following age groups:

Under 20





Over 60

1. Check each purpose for which you have considered or would consider public transportation in the neighborhood on Highland Avenue:
Shopping at Sage Hill
Dining in Morningside, Virginia-Highland, Poncey-Highland, Inman Park
Meeting friends for coffee at one of the neighborhood coffee shops

Shops and restaurants at University Drive (Alon’s, Mambos, Natural Body)
Running errands at Amsterdam Avenue (pet supplies, haircut, post office)

Going to the movies and stopping at Market One
Taking in a game at Manuel’s Tavern
Visiting the YWCA
Downtown (5 Points, Hotels, etc)
Highland Ave. & Elizabeth (Soto Soto, Highland Bakery, Jake’s, Roman Lily)
Doing laundry

Hospital and CVS

Going to church and/or synagogue
Attending Virginia Highlands Summerfest


2. What days and time frames would you likely ride public transit? Check all that apply.
Monday through Friday
Good weather only

Rain or shine

3. What is the distance from your home to the nearest transit stop along Highland Avenue or Johnson Road?
Less than a 5 minute walk
A 5-10 minute walk
More than a 10 minute walk

4. Assuming schedule reliability, what frequency would a transit schedule need to be on to meet your needs to consider public transportation to neighborhood businesses?
Run every 10-12 minutes

Run every 12-15 minutes
Run every 15 minutes
Run every 20-30 minutes

5. Do you currently pay for parking when you visit local businesses along Highland Avenue?

I go out of my way to find a free parking spot.
I’ll pay for parking but $ is my limit.
Paying for parking is part of intown living and I deal with it.

6. Regarding parking, please check the following:
I never have trouble finding a parking spot.
I sometimes have trouble finding a parking spot.
I always have trouble finding parking and I’ve about had it.
I valet park and don’t worry about it.

7. What is the MAXIMUM fare you would be willing to pay for hassle free, reliable, convenient public transportation along the Highland Avenue?
$1.75 per person per ride
$1.00 per person per ride
$1.75 per person unlimited ridership for a 4 hour time period
$1.00 per person unlimited ridership for a 4 hour time period

8. Please comment on transit stops in their current form:

I am fine with the current stops.
I would like to see shelter at the stops.

Other comments:

9. If an express service were offered from the corner of Virginia and Highland, where the final destination was a MARTA Rail Station, which station would you like it to serve:


Arts Center

Inman Park

10. Everyday transit needs
Have you taken public transit to for your everyday needs (work/school/rehearsals/meetings)?
If yes, how often?

If no, why?
Distance to transit stop
Time / transfers to destination

Would you like to be informed of our progress:
Email address: