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Woman fights to dump double fares for paratransit passengers

ATLANTA -- Harriet Bradley, caregiver for 92-year-old Mildred Mallory says enough is enough on paying double fares when traveling Gwinnett Paratransit, then switching to MARTA Mobility.

She says it an outrage that Mallory and others like her have to pay a full fare on one carrier then are forced to pay another full fare on a second carrier. Regular passengers traveling both systems pay only one fare for a fraction of the cost.

Bradley first took her fight first to the MARTA board, then to its chief executive. Now she's gone to the next level, meeting with the executive director of the Atlanta Regional Commission.

She says she wants one fare to use both services.

"Today it was $14.50 roundtrip. When the fare goes up in Gwinnett it's going to be $15.50," Bradley said. "There are about eight people that use the system every day to come into Atlanta -- that's $146! Can you imagine $146? That is more than gas."

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."

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.

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