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Georgia Regional Transportation Authority

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The Georgia Regional Transportation Authority or GRTA (pronounced like the name "Greta") is a government agency in the U.S. state of Georgia. It was set up under former governor of Georgia Roy Barnes, in order to address the transportation needs of metro Atlanta, including both roads and public transit. It came about in large part because the numerous cities and counties in the region could not effectively (or would not at all) work with each other to achieve a comprehensive solution to the area's traffic woes, and increasing summertime smog problem.

GRTA has started to operate "X-Press," its commuter bus system. At the time of this writing (October 20, 2004) 5 express bus routes are operating. At full system implementation, X-Press will have 26 routes traversing 11 metro area counties. These routes will connect the outlying suburbs with each other and downtown Atlanta. Many routes begin in the suburban community and end at a MARTA rail transit station. As a result, MARTA and GRTA have a reciprocal fare agreement allowing for free transfers between systems. Fares are $3 (one way) and $5 (round-trip), with 20-ride and monthly passes available.

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