Ask any long-time Atlanta resident what MARTA stands for, you'll get a look. Then some jokes maybe, before the answer is stumbled upon: Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority.
But the joke for years has been: Moving Africans Rapidly Through Atlanta. Hardy-har. Funny only to mask the sentiment behind the quip, because getting reliable public transportation for African Americans in Atlanta has been a thing for years, ever since MARTA's inception in 1965.
Recently, Google had the condescending moniker in the top block after a person searched "what does MARTA stand for." AJC reported on this, and took credit for the removal of said moniker. It is no longer on Google's site.
Race/racism is a thing in the city, not because of some derogatory names, but through its manifestations in the realm of economics (livelihood), politics, labor and so many other areas of culture. Removing this from the Google search engine can mask racist notions, but for a city teeming with black folks who still don't have reliable access to large areas of the city, this situation is a disgrace.
Jokes are jokes, but the enduring ones are the ones that are truest. With no regional financial support and an estimated 80 percent non-white ridership, it seems the joke will live on a few days/weeks/years longer.