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Meet MARTA Day at Five Points Station

Meet MARTA Day at Five Points Station

ATLANTA – On Wednesday, MARTA riders can share ideas with the General Manager and CEO, Beverly A. Scott, of the Atlanta transit and rail company as a part of the company’s “Meet MARTA Day” effort. The event will be held at the Five Points Station from 4 to 7 p.m.

Tell company executives what, you think, would make MARTA “smarta” and partake in light refreshments, games, giveaways and tons of information. This event is the first in a series of Meet MARTA Days; the next two events will be held at North Springs station and at College Park and Kensington stations.

MARTA customers will also be able to learn about the proposed 2012 transportation sales tax and will have the opportunity to sound-off about Atlanta Regional transportation projects on the docket.

Eco-Fabulous Explored on Beltline Tour

Eco-Fabulous Explored on Beltline Tour

The Atlanta Beltline project is a diverse 2.8 billion project to renovate neighborhoods, parks and commercial space for an area of the city that will be connected by town-car (incorporating old railroad tracks).  The project incorporates nature and neighborhood's existing materials to create a neighborhood that's "eco-fabulous", as our tour guide called it. Brian Leary, the brain behind this project was a college student who was inspired by a similar plan in Paris.

Every Friday and Saturday at 9:30AM, the Atlanta Beltline hosts a free three hour tour along this beltline that highlights the circle that the town cars will transit. Currently, this Beltline tour is reserved for the next year but I was lucky enough to find a seat, due to a cancellation.

I didn't know what to expect on these tours. When I signed up I had never imagined the tour would take three hours out of my Saturday.

GDOT approves $102M in roadwork

GDOT approves $102M in roadwork

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Transportation on Friday approved more than $102 million in 25 new transportation infrastructure improvement and maintenance projects across the state.

"These projects are spread across our state and each one makes an important improvement to the capacity, safety or general condition of our highway system," GDOT Commissioner Vance C. Smith Jr. "And just as, if not more, important, they put millions of dollars into our economy and provide jobs for Georgians."

One of the big projects is in Rome, while another involves highways in Metro Atlanta:

* In Floyd County, $42.6 million will go toward widening 5.5 miles of the West Rome Bypass from south of the Coosa River to north of State Route 20.

Weekend lane closures

Weekend lane closures

ATLANTA -- There are literally dozens of construction-related road closures this weekend around Metro Atlanta.

We've compiled a list of GDOT hot spots. Only potentially disruptive lane closures on major interstates and state routes are noted here. Shoulder work is not included.

For real-time traffic conditions throughout the weekend, visit 11alive.com/traffic and www.511ga.org or call 511.

Clayton

I-75 SB at MP 239 (CW Grant entrance ramp)
Friday 9 p.m. - Monday 5 a.m.
Entrance ramp closed

I-75 SB at MP 239 (CW Grant HOV exit ramp)
Friday 9 p.m. - Monday 5 a.m.
Exit ramp closed

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.

Metro panel hits transportation sales tax target

Metro panel hits transportation sales tax target

ATLANTA -- A subcommittee of local elected officials took nearly four hours Monday to hammer out a $6.1 billion list of highway and transit projects to be funded by a proposed regional sales tax.

The Atlanta Regional Transportation Roundtable's Executive Committee voted unanimously for the projects just more than seven hours before a deadline required by transportation funding legislation passed by the General Assembly last year.

RELATED: Full transportation project listing

The bill gave roundtables in 12 regions across Georgia until Aug. 15 to develop preliminary project lists. The final lists that will be submitted to voters in each region next year must be completed by Oct. 15.