Riding to work with MARTA’s CEO

Standing on the platform of the Dunwoody station one late January morning, Keith Parker looks every bit the high-ranking executive—camel overcoat, dapper gray suit, trim goatee—except for one small detail: a broken-in leather briefcase that appears to have seen the floors of a few train cars.

Modal Citizen: Lettie Hernandez Ongie, clean-commute crusader

As an employer program manager with the Clean Air Campaign, Lettie Hernandez Ongie works with state agencies such as the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Governor's office to encourage their employees to adopt clean modes of transportation. But her job took on a more personal significance when her daughter, born prematurely two years ago, was diagnosed with Reactive Airway Disease.

Transportation referendum: Some basic questions answered

Last week, a coalition of business and civic groups launched an $8 million advertising campaign to promote "yes" votes in July’s transportation referendum. The campaign’s powerhouse list of corporate donors—among them Coke, Delta, Turner, Siemens, Wells Fargo, and GE —should tell you that city leaders are taking the referendum very seriously.

A million bucks for Boulevard street improvements?

Thanks to a recommendation from the Atlanta Regional Commission, Boulevard could see $1.25 million in pedestrian safety investment.

Someone brought a corpse through the Atlanta TSA checkpoint . . . sort of

Travelers might have been shocked to see a corpse prop from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie scanned by the TSA.

As the Eastside Trail opening nears, BeltLine security squad still is “more of a concept.”

Though it doesn’t technically open until October 15, and sizable chunks of it are still under construction, the Atlanta Beltline’s Eastside Trail is already populated with business-attired bicyclists, joggers, skaters, and entire convoys of families. Police and Beltline officials stress that people who use the trail now do so at their own risk.

MARTA is the engine for Atlanta’s epic Labor Day weekend

One reason I love working Downtown is that the streets on any average weekday have an almost Manhattan-like energy. But when big events blow through town, as they often do, pedestrians flood the crosswalks and drivers start blaring horns, and it really feels like the Big City.

Steve Penley has a message for Atlanta’s weather whiners

Atlanta artist Steve Penley had a message for the city Friday, so he took to his paints and brushes to best express himself. In black paint, Penley wrote: “Atlanta is very lucky to have a great mayor and Ga. has a great Gov. Get a grip everyone. It’s weather!” He posted it on his artist Facebook page. So why did Penley feel the need to address the ongoing criticism of Georgia governor Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed? For starters, Penley’s work has been unintentionally ridiculed all week.

Will a mural transform the scary Boulevard Tunnel?

When I moved to Cabbagetown a couple of years ago, I quickly learned what it means to be “on the other side of the tracks.” Literally. For those of us who live south of the CSX and MARTA rail lines that slice through the heart of intown Atlanta, getting around can be problematic.
Delta Flight Museum 737 Flight Simulator

I’m not a pilot, but I flew the Delta Flight Museum’s 737 simulator

“Ever roll a 737?” Piloting the Delta Flight Museum's 737-200 simulator gave me a chance to do things I'd never get to do in a real commercial jet.

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