Antoine Hassan has worked at Laredo Garage repairing buses for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) for over 18 years. But Antoine is more than a bus mechanic. By keeping MARTA’s buses moving he helps keep the region’s economy moving, too, ensuring thousands of metro Atlanta employees have reliable transit options to get to work each day.

“I like having a job that I can depend on and also the job depends on me,” he said. His work is one of 24,864 direct and indirect jobs supported annually by MARTA, which provides bus and rail service seven days a week, 365 days a year – generating $2.6 billion total economic activity annually.

“I’m happy with myself and I take pride in my work, because I know the job that I perform impacts my community,” Antoine reflects.

This year, MARTA celebrates its 45th year as a combined bus and rail system, and there’s no sign of slowing. MARTA continues to advance the most ambitious enhancement and expansion program in its history with the region’s first bus rapid transit line, MARTA Rapid, systemwide Station Rehabilitation Program, new fare collection system, and a fleet of new railcars, boosting ridership, attracting employees, and driving economic growth in metro Atlanta.

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