On the morning of January 7, the Atlanta-bound MARTA commuter rail line between Atlanta and the Atlanta suburb of Alpharetta would begin service, and soon, the system would be a rolling, automated, peer-to-peer network that was capable of meeting demand in both cities and beyond.
In addition to being the first public transit system in the country to be powered by blockchain technology, Atlanta is the largest city in the U.S. to have a fully automated system, and it’s the most popular of the major cities in the Atlanta metro area, according to a new study from the Georgia Department of Transportation.
With the city’s rapid growth in the last five years, the rapid expansion of public transportation systems across the country and the emergence of new transportation modes like self-driving cars and drones, the technology is poised to transform the way we live and work in Atlanta, as well as across the nation.
Today, the Georgia DOT has begun rolling out a pilot program with Georgia Transportation Authority (GTA) and the Georgia National Guard to test automated, distributed public transportation using the distributed ledger technology blockchain.
The pilot program is currently in its final stages, but the DOT is optimistic that by the end of 2018, it will be able to roll out the first automated, automated public transportation system in Atlanta.
To help accelerate the roll out, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced today that he would appoint the city as the pilot site for the next phase of the program, which will also be a testing ground for a new kind of decentralized rail system called the Atlanta Rail.
Atlanta’s rail project will provide a way for the city to build on the strengths of its existing public transportation network and make the system a truly decentralized network, in contrast to the fragmented and centralized systems that have become the norm in the cities and suburbs of the U