MARTA to incorporate art throughout its rail system

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ATLANTA — The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority is launching a new art program designed to enhance the aesthetic appeal of its rail system. The Artbound program incorporates mosaics and murals throughout its transit network in an effort to improve customer experience.

In 2016, the agency’s board of directors voted unanimously to support the investment in transit-center art. Beginning with its 2017 fiscal year, one percent of the agency’s annual budget has been allocated for art-related programs, art-focused community events, and system wide art restoration projects.

The agency also hired Katherine Dirga to curate and oversee the arts program.

“Whether people are traveling northbound to southbound or eastbound to westbound, we want all of our customers to experience what Artbound is about,” says Dirga, who previously served as manager of Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s arts program.

MARTA operates four commuter rail lines and one streetcar route. The entire system spans nearly 50 miles within Atlanta's metropolitan area.

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