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When he was suspected of starting the fire that collapsed a portion of I-85 in Atlanta, Basil Eleby—a homeless man who grew up without a family and struggled with addiction—was facing felony charges that would put him in jail until he was in his sixties. But one year after the fire, Eleby is on the path to recovery, thanks to the help of the Atlanta community.
Back in November, voters overwhelmingly approved a sales tax increase to fund transit expansion in the City of Atlanta. MARTA just released its ideal expansion plans, which include bus rapid transit crisscrossing the city, late night and weekend bus service, and 21 miles of light rail. But there is a fatal flaw: the light rail infrastructure goes through one of the most congested part of town, the downtown path of the Atlanta Streetcar.
Light rail, transit to Emory, buses galore: This is MARTA and the city’s ideal scenario for expansion in Atlanta
The largest investment in Atlanta transit since MARTA was built would add light rail, express buses to some of the city’s most congested corridors, and at least two “transit centers,” according to a presentation delivered during a MARTA Board of Directors work session on Thursday.
One month into his tenure, Parker dished on his optimism for widespread transit expansion, MARTA’s venturing into mixed-use development, and the prospects of a region-wide system being called “The ATL.”
Just few weeks into her term, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks out about the election, her efforts to raise $1 billion for affordable housing, whether she’ll endorse in the governor’s race, and the sexism she encounters as a woman who, besides being a mother of four, is the mayor of Georgia’s largest city.
Following the tradition of cityscape artists like Edward Hopper, Ana Guzman often has a sketchbook in hand, ready to capture urban life in front of her. Passengers usually keep to themselves on MARTA, earbuds in place and eyes locked on their phones. But when Guzman pulls out her paint pens and starts drawing, fellow riders begin to interact.
With tax dollars rolling in, city and MARTA officials are having to prioritize their transit wish list. And to the dismay of the BeltLine’s creator, Ryan Gravel, it’s looking like light rail along the loop may be sacrificed on the altar of expediency and cost. We broke down what's happening right now with transit along the BeltLine.
Atlanta really, really, wants to be the site of Amazon’s HQ2, but we've got some problems that could halt that. How do we fix our issues before the Amazon delegation arrives to inspect our city? Like a steel plate over a pothole, let's cover 'em up.
On Wednesday, Georgia lawmakers in the House and Senate approved their chambers’ versions of legislation that would create a new regional agency that could kickstart a long-awaited expansion of bus and rail lines throughout metro Atlanta.