MARTA and the City of Atlanta are teaming up to provide the elusive “last mile” for people seeking alternative ways to get around.
MARTA and the city’s Relay bike sharing program launched their partnership on July 14 with an actual bike relay from the Colony Square bike station to MARTA’s Arts Center Station. MARTA and city employees “competed” in an effort to “win” the relay.
It’s a given. The City of Atlanta will go to voters in November to propose an additional half-penny in taxes over the next 40 years for MARTA. That tax alone initially is expected to generate more than $50 million a year.
But the City of Atlanta also has the option to ask voters whether they want to approve another half penny for five years for general transportation projects.
A cyclist navigates Peachtree Center in the rain- by Darin aka ATL Urbanist
From Darin: “Kudos to the cyclist (just visible in the bottom left) riding in the rain, uphill, on the Peachtree Center Ave bike track last night. On my walk home from the MARTA station I went over to the bridge to get a shot of city lights in the rain. It wasn’t until I took the picture that I noticed a cyclist in the shot. I love that kind of surprise.”
A new report by Atlanta’s planning department promises the city will monitor the city’s tree canopy and update the tree ordinance, address blight and promote affordable housing, and make sure the planned bike share program starts this year.
A committee of the Atlanta City Council voted Tuesday to help Georgia Tech advance its plans to improve the pedestrian nature of the central campus, while ensuring vehicles can still traverse the campus, as Tech pursues plans to create an Eco Commons that is to speak to Tech’s social and environmental ambitions.