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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.

Biking to Better Safety

Biking to Better Safety

May is National Bike Month, a celebration of cyclists and the pastime they enjoy. Whether you ride a bicycle to work or school, or for exercise, National Bike Month is a great reminder of how to stay safe while biking on the road.

According to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, in Georgia, as in most states, the bicycle is legally a vehicle, meaning that general traffic laws apply to cyclists. And because bikes share the road with cars and trucks, accidents can happen.

Sean Sue, M.D., an Emergency Medicine physician at  Piedmont Hospital, says the most important safety tip for a cyclist is to always wear a helmet. “Head injuries account for two thirds of all bicycle-related deaths,” he says. “Helmets reduce the risk of head injury by more than 85 percent.”

MARTA announces holiday schedule changes

MARTA announces holiday schedule changes

ATLANTA -- Before you hop on MARTA bus or rail this holiday weekend, you should be aware of their special schedule through Monday.

Saturday, Dec. 24
MARTA will operate on a regular Saturday schedule. Buses will run from 5 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., while trains will run every 20 minutes on all lines from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m.

The Five Points RideStore will be open regular hours (7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.), while the Airport RideStore will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 25
MARTA will operate on a regular Sunday schedule Christmas Day. Bus service will run from 5 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. and trains will operate every 20 minutes from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Both RideStore locations will be closed on Sunday.

13 Metro Atlanta communities receive transportation grants

13 Metro Atlanta communities receive transportation grants

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Regional Commission recently awarded $34 million in grants to help 13 Metro Atlanta communities build innovative transportation projects.

Each project includes pedestrian and bicycle improvements to encourage residents to find "greener" ways of getting from place to place, and to make these neighborhoods more livable and supportive of transit.

The money was given through the ARC's Livable Center Initiative, which is funded with federal transportation dollars.

"LCI has helped communities across Metro Atlanta re-tool and redesign over the years, creating more plans that attract residents and businesses alike," said Doug Hooker, executive director of ARC. "This program is a model for others around the country and has helped to create or finalize many of our region's most innovative and livable communities."

Wheels of Green: Drive a Chevrolet Volt and watch other drivers turn green with envy

Wheels of Green: Drive a Chevrolet Volt and watch other drivers turn green with envy

I’ve never been one to draw admiring glances. Until the other day, when I test drove a new Chevrolet Volt down Peachtree Street in Midtown.

The car was emblazoned with graphics, so people took notice of the Volt whether they were car buffs or not. Expressions ranged from curious to envious. Mostly envious. Because the Chevy Volt is a totally new type of car technology.

The Volt is not a hybrid like a Honda Civic or Toyota Prius, yet it does have a gas generator so it’s not 100-percent electric like a Nissan Leaf. This means that, at least until charging stations are readily available nationwide, the Volt is better suited to long road trips than other electric cars and won’t need as many fill-ups as a hybrid.

As significant as the glances that the Volt drew were the number of folks who failed to look at it, because it looks like a regular car not some alien craft. And it handles like one, too.

Traffic impacted this Sunday due to Atlanta Marathon

Traffic impacted this Sunday due to Atlanta Marathon

 

Expect road closures on Sunday as runners discover Atlanta one mile at a time at the Atlanta Marathon and Marathon Relay on Sunday, October 30, 2011. The 26.2 mile urban course starts and finishes at Atlantic Station taking participants on a tour of Atlanta past well-known Atlanta sites and neighborhoods such as Georgia Tech, Centennial Olympic Park, Georgia Aquarium, Turner Field, Grant Park, Oakland Cemetery, Martin Luther King Center, Piedmont Park, Buckhead and the famous Peachtree Road.

Below are some important resources for spectators and residents / businesses located along the course.

Airport security line wait averages 10 minutes

Airport security line wait averages 10 minutes

ATLANTA -- For being the world's busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport's security line wait time is about average compared with its major peers.

The average security line wait time in Atlanta is 10 minutes, according to a FareCompare list.

FareCompare used a variety of sources to compile the list, including the U.S.