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MARTA to Refund Passengers for Snowstorm Shutdown

MARTA to Refund Passengers for Snowstorm Shutdown


ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta's public transit system is offering refunds to passengers who lost money when a winter storm stopped bus service.

MARTA officials said passengers who can prove they lost prepaid bus fares during a two-day shutdown of bus service on Jan. 10-11 will be eligible for a two-day unlimited ride pass. 

MARTA spokeswoman Ryland McClendon told WSB-TV that the transit agency apologizes for the inconvenience. She said bus service was halted because authorities believed the roads were too dangerous. Bus service was not fully restored for another five days.

Trantavis Wheeler said he paid $17 for a weekly pass, but could only ride the bus for a single day before the storm hit. He wants a bigger refund since buses in his neighborhood were not running for days.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

The Roads are Open; We Have Your Traffic Information at 11Alive.com

All the roads in Metro Atlanta are open today. You need to pack a huge load of patience while you get going though. There are many delays out there. For details on particular routes, check http://11alive.com/traffic.


The left lanes have ice in them. Stay out of those left lanes. Assume that all overpasses have ice on them; many have glaze ice that you will not be able to see until you are on them.

ALL of the on and off ramps have ice in them. Approach them slowly and carefully. If you speed onto an offramp or try to turn suddenly, you will slide and crash.


All have some ice on them. Most with three lanes ordinarily are down to two; most with two lanes regularly, are down to one lane.

Atlanta's Department of Public Works says they are Ready for the Snow on Sunday...

Atlanta's Department of Public Works says they are Ready for the Snow on Sunday...

Atlatna, GA--  Snow is the forecast for Sunday night into Monday, and 11Alive has been on the case asking the city if they are ready for the snow and how do they intend to respond to the ice.

The Department of Public Works  says that they "seek to maintain access in the immediate vicinity of emergency facilities such as hospitals, police stations and emergency shelters."  Of course, these areas can not be the only routes that take priority.  Thousands of residents will be on the roads and Public Works has acquired 6 sand trucks to distribute over 300 tons of sand to the city's 200 centerline miles. (which includes 40 bridges)

Priority routes are consistent with the functional street classification hierarchy which is based on the volume of traffic served and the connectivity provided:

  • first priority routes reflect major arterial  streets;  (e.g.

TSA, DHS Screening Trucks Near Hartsfield-Jackson

TSA, DHS Screening Trucks Near Hartsfield-Jackson

ATLANTA -- Transportation Safety Administration and Department of Homeland Security officials were sweeping incoming cargo at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Monday afternoon and evening.

Officials said it is not in response to any identified actual threat.

The VIPER operation, as it is called, checks trucks carrying cargo for air transport in the cargo area to the north of the airport terminals. The crews are using radiological equipment and canine units in their searches.

Routine checks of this sort happen every couple of months -- most recently at a Greyhound bus terminal, at Atlanta's Amtrak terminal and on trucks using Interstate 20 in Douglas County.

Public Invited to Attend Fulton County Meeting to Discuss Transportaion Needs and Solutions

Atlanta, GA-- (submitted by Fulton County Government) The Fulton County Department of Public Works will hold two upcoming public meetings to discuss transportation needs and potential enhancements for the unincorporated areas of Fulton County, as a result of the passage of House Bill 277.

The first meeting takes place on Monday, November 29, 2010 beginning at 6:00 p.m. and ending at 8:00 p.m. at the South Fulton Service Center located at 5600 Stonewall Tell Road College Park, Georgia 30349.   

The second meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. ending at 8:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library, located at 3665 Cascade Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30331.

The public is encouraged to attend this meeting to provide input on transportation needs.

For more information please contact Antonio Valenzuela, Transportation Planning Administrator at (404) 612-0520.

MARTA Prepares to Serve Weekend Events – Customers Advised to Plan Ahead

Atlanta, GA--  Due to the implementation of service changes this Saturday, MARTA is advising customers traveling on the system this weekend to plan ahead. MARTA is prepared to provide convenient service to the Midtown Festival of the Arts, football games and other activities; however, customers should be aware of several changes that could affect their trips.  Weekend rail service will now begin at 6 a.m. rather than 4:45 a.m., and trains will operate every 20 minutes on all lines.

In addition, due to employee layoffs as a result of the budget cuts this fiscal year, fewer station agents will be available to assist customers. Patrons are encouraged to visit www.itsmarta.com or call 404-848-5000 to plan their trip prior to arriving at a station.