Georgia Regional Transportation Authority

The Georgia Regional Transportation Authority or GRTA ' onMouseout='HidePop("33732")' href="/topics/Name">name
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 "Greta" when referring to Xpress operations. Pronounced G.R.T.A. when referring to the authority) is a government agency
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 in the U.S. state
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 of Georgia
Georgia (U.S. state)
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. It was set up under former governor of Georgia Roy Barnes
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, in order to address mobility, air quality and land use and how they relate to the transport
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ation needs of metro Atlanta
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, including both road
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s and public transit. It came about in large part because the numerous cities and counties in the region
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 could not effectively (or would not at all) work with each other to achieve a comprehensive solution to the area's traffic
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 woes, and increasing summertime smog
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Xpress Regional Commuter Coach Service

GRTA, in partnership with 12 metropolitan Atlanta counties, operates Xpress, metropolitan Atlanta's first truly regional commuter transit bus
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system. As of November 30, 2010, 31 Xpress routes are in operation. Unless noted, service is provided by a private operator under contract to GRTA Xpress. Service hours are from roughly 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m weekdays with most service being rush hours only.

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