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Atlanta making use of transit system to combat food deserts

You may have heard of mobile markets taking the form of trucks. Now you might see them on trains.

Atlanta is using its public transportation system, MARTA to bring low-cost fruits and vegetables to food deserts.

As part of the pilot program, vendors will set up shop next to station stops where a ticket isn't required, which means non-commuters can make the trek free of charge.

MARTA's managers believe the program will not only benefit people who don't live next to a grocery store, but may also help increase revenue for the transit system overall (although the program itself is revenue netural).

Spokesman from MARTA says the only similar program they can compare it to is New York's Grand Central Market.

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