MARTA, State Farm celebrate new bridge

MARTA and State Farm Insurance held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 28 to celebrate the opening of the State Farm Park Center Bridge at the Dunwoody MARTA station. Photos by Carla Parker

State Farm employees in Dunwoody now have more convenient access to the Dunwoody MARTA Station.

MARTA and State Farm Insurance held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 28 to celebrate the opening of the State Farm Park Center Bridge at the Dunwoody MARTA station. The bridge allows State Farm employees and others a direct connection between the MARTA rail line and the new park center building on the corner of Hammond Drive and Perimeter Center Parkway.

A new connector was built to the existing platform at the Dunwoody Station to connect the State Farm Park Center to the MARTA station. MARTA Chief of Staff Rukiya Thomas said the ribbon cutting ceremony also focused on the partnership between MARTA and State Farm.

“MARTA has [a] reinvigorated push towards all the stations where we can create transit development possibilities, such as this one,” she said. “From our King Memorial Station to our Avondale Station, MARTA has worked to redefine the ridership experience by directly connecting businesses and residents to our stations, which is a win-win for all.”

MARTA and State Farm Insurance held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 28 to celebrate the opening of the State Farm Park Center Bridge at the Dunwoody MARTA station. Photos by Carla Parker

MARTA and State Farm Insurance held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 28 to celebrate the opening of the State Farm Park Center Bridge at the Dunwoody MARTA station. Photos by Carla Parker

In a statement, MARTA General Manager and CEO Keith Parker said the partnership between MARTA and State Farm is reflective of transit-oriented development (TOD) that increases connectivity and enhances accessibility for Dunwoody Station patrons.

“This ceremony marks a win-win for both State Farm’s employees as well as MARTA riders,” Parker said. “We hope that this successful partnership continues to spur future TODs around the region.”

State Farm Operations Vice President Michael Holmes said State Farm choses locations, types of developments and the buildings the company occupy to attract top talent to serve customers.

“Park Center is transit oriented, providing connectivity to a number of options, including public transportation, to help facilitate and ease movement around the area,” he said. “The opening of the Dunwoody MARTA-Park Center Bridge is an exciting part of our progress.”

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