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Fulton County Vice-Chair Emma I. Darnell appointed to National Committee on Transportation

Fulton County Vice-Chair Emma I. Darnell appointed to National Committee on Transportation

ATLANTA -- On September 12, 2012 Chris Rodgers, President of the National Association of Counties confirmed the appointment of Commissioner Emma I. Darnell to serve on the Transportation Steering Committee of the National Association of Counties.

In this role, Commissioner Darnell will help develop NaCo policy and assist with achieving those policy goals. Commissioner Darnell will serve as a liaison for NaCo with the Georgia Congressional delegation ensuring that needs of local governments are advocated on the federal and national level.

As Transportation continues to take the spotlight as one of the key issues in the metropolitan Atlanta region and the state, Commissioner Darnell’s appointment to the NaCo Transportation Steering Committee is timely and important.

FREE car service September 12th courtesy of Uber Atlanta

FREE car service September 12th courtesy of Uber Atlanta

Whoever said nothing in life is free, doesn’t live in Atlanta and will probably miss out on the free car service 

Bikes & Bites Kick Starts a Car-Free Initiative During 2012 Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week

Bikes & Bites Kick Starts a Car-Free Initiative During 2012 Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week

ATLANTA – For the first time in the event’s 11-year history, the highly anticipated Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week (DARW) will kick start a new car-free initiative called Bikes & Bites. Central Atlanta Progress (CAP) is working in tandem with the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition (ABC) to encourage diners to ride their bikes to dinner at more than 20 Downtown restaurants. Cyclists who utilize the VIP Bike Valet at 191 Peachtree Tower will receive a special incentive to return to Downtown restaurants after their Restaurant Week dining experience. To provide even more options for cyclists, CAP is installing new bike racks near Downtown restaurants to encourage more people to bike and dine. 

MARTA holds special hours for Fourth of July

MARTA holds special hours for Fourth of July

ATLANTA -- Riders can get downtown quick and easy this Fourth of July holiday with MARTA.

The service will run on a weekday schedule with special availability for events. Service will be available from 4:45 a.m. to 1 a.m. to accommodate the Peachtree Road Race, Braves game, and fireworks displays around town.

Customers are advised to purchase roundtrip tickets ahead of time to avoid crowds at stations. Tickets are $2.50 one way, plus a $1 charge for a permanent Breeze card. Parking for less than 24 hours is free at all of MARTA's daily parking facilities. Some designated MARTA lots charge a fee.

MARTA will operate a Sunday bus schedule on Wednesday, July 4th. Please visit www.itsmarta.com or call 404-848-5000 for more information.

Fulton County seeks resident input regarding transportation projects for unincorporated Fulton

Fulton County seeks resident input regarding transportation projects for unincorporated Fulton

Fulton County Seeks Resident Input Regarding Transportation Projects for Unincorporated Fulton

Fulton County residents are invited to attend a series of upcoming community meetings to provide input regarding transportation projects for unincorporated Fulton County.

Meetings are scheduled as follows:

  • Tuesday, June 26, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Cliftondale Community Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park
  •  Thursday, June 28, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Burdett Park, 2945 Burdett Park, College Park
  •  Tuesday, July 10, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Southwest Library, 3665 Southwest Library, Atlanta
  • Thursday, July 12, 6:30 p.m. – 8: 30 p.m. – Renaissance Middle School, 7155 Hall Road, Fairburn

The purpose of the meetings will be to discuss transportation needs in unincorporated Fulton County and to develop a project list for consideration by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.

GDOT to hold public hearing on proposed downtown "MultiModal Passenger Terminal"

GDOT to hold public hearing on proposed downtown "MultiModal Passenger Terminal"

ATLANTA --  GDOT will hold at least 3 scheduled "public information open houses" for the proposed Grand Central like terminal to be placed downtown near Mitchell Street bridge.  According to GDOT, "The MultiModal Passenger Terminal (MMPT) will bring together various ground and rail transit services in a centralized downtown location to create a vital connection link for the people of metro-Atlanta and beyond. "

City of Atlanta Hosts Transportation Referendum Info Sessions

City of Atlanta Hosts Transportation Referendum Info Sessions

Sidewalks, a streetscape in your community or repaving of nearby streets.  This is a small sample from a comprehensive list of transportation planned projects that our citizens would like to see in their community.  The question remains.  How do we fund them? This summer voters within the ten-county Atlanta metropolitan area will decide whether to fund local and regional transportation projects (from an existing list of projects developed from public input) through a regional transportation referendum.

The City of Atlanta is expected to receive a little over $9.0 million per year for ten years to spend on local projects. The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office, the Departments of Planning and Community Development and Public Works, in coordination with the Atlanta City Council, are working to develop a rolling five-year list of projects to be funded by the 15-percent local allocation, if the referendum passes in July.