Metro Atlanta's transit authority approved on Thursday a $646 million contract to buy 254 rail cars.

The agreement with Stadler Rail also has an option for MARTA to buy an additional 100 cars.


This past summer, MARTA was considering renaming five train stations in Atlanta. It was an effort to keep up with changes in the city and to reflect surrounding neighborhoods.

Today, MARTA says no decision on renaming stations has been made, but that they are currently refining the process of making those decisions in the future.

One station proposed to be re-christened: Bankhead. The area was named after the highway that ran through it, which was in turn named after an Alabama family. But the Bankhead name is perhaps more closely associated with the torrent of rap and hip hop that grew from Atlanta's Westside and nearby neighborhoods. So, what's in the name "Bankhead"?


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MARTA is considering renaming five train stations in Atlanta. It's an effort to keep up with changes in the city and to reflect surrounding neighborhoods.

One station proposed to be re-christened: Bankhead. The area was named after the highway that ran through it, which was in turn named after an Alabama family. But the Bankhead name is perhaps more closely associated with the torrent of rap and hip hop that grew from Atlanta's Westside and nearby neighborhoods. So, what's in the name "Bankhead"?

Atlanta's public transit agency has laid out a preliminary timeline for new construction projects that puts off some highly anticipated items to 2035 and later, a newspaper reported.

The plan by the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority calls for launching two bus rapid transit lines and making other bus improvement by 2025, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported this week. Construction would also start in the coming years on a streetcar extension.

Gwinnett County citizens voted against joining Metro Atlanta’s Transit Authority Tuesday night.

Nearly 92,000 voters turned up at the polls for the special election and 54 percent of them voted no on the referendum.

It would’ve allowed the county to create a 1 percent sales tax for the next 30 years to fund public transit expansion and join into the MARTA system. County officials said that could've created $5.4 billion in funding. 

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Voters in Gwinnett will head to the polls Tuesday to vote on whether they want to join MARTA. The vote is required after Gov. Nathan Deal signed House Bill 930 into law last year, allowing the 13 metro-Atlanta counties to decide on buying into the system.

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Georgia native Dulcé Sloan is a comedian, actress and correspondent on "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah." Sloan started her stage career at Meadowcreek High School in Gwinnett County. After earning her degree in theater from Brenau University in Gainesville, Sloan was convinced to try her hand at comedy in Atlanta's stand-up circuit. In 2016, she made her big break: a late-night debut on "Conan."

Sloan joined "On Second Thought" from NPR in New York for a conversation about "The Daily Show," MARTA expansion, Waffle House and Georgia politics.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, a crucial vote that will give us clues about the appetite for transit in metro Atlanta starts today. Will voters approve a measure to expand MARTA to Gwinnett County? We’ll talk with the county’s chairwoman Charlotte Nash, who is leading the effort to bring MARTA to Gwinnett.

Early voting starts Monday for Gwinnett County residents and others living in Atlanta’s District 3.

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Atlanta and NFL officials passed the ball to Miami for Super Bowl 54.

As a mass exodus happened at Atlanta’s airport and wait-time rose past an hour, the city started its cleanup and passed responsibilities for next year’s game to South Beach.

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Atlanta officials expect 150,000 out-of-town visitors this week for events leading up to and including Sunday's Super Bowl game. Even more are expected to head into the city from around the state.

That has put the spotlight on transportation.

Derailed Cars Removed At Atlanta Airport, Repairs Continue

Jan 18, 2019
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A crane has removed two derailed commuter train cars at Atlanta's airport, but repairs continue on the damaged track.

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority says a crane removed the cars Thursday evening. Those cars on an out-of-service train ran off the track late Tuesday and it was not until Thursday that crane arrived to move them. No passengers were on that train and the driver was not hurt.

Today's show celebrated the 50th anniversary of Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, explored the dynamics of aging in place and checked in about the future of funding for MARTA.

Michael Parver and Jamie Clements joined "On Second Thought" to revisit 50 years of programming and transformations at the theatre. They also discussed the new renovation project and the opening of "Ever After," a musical based on the 1998 Drew Barrymore film.

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At last week's State of MARTA address, MARTA CEO Jeff Parker called for a $100 billion investment in public transit over the next 40 years. GPB's Ross Terrell attended the event and joined "On Second Thought" to discuss the future of transporation.

Terrell said MARTA could expand into Cobb, Gwinnett, Clayton and Rockdale counties, dependent upon local votes for an expansion. Gwinnett County plans to vote on a ballot referendum on March 19 that could expand MARTA into the area. MARTA will also undergo a name change and be known as "The ATL" in the future.

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Metro Atlanta's Transit Authority wants to invest $100 billion in public transit improvements as part of its 40-year plan.

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Metro Atlanta's transit authority has approved its multi-billion dollar transit expansion plan

The $2.7 billion More MARTA Atlanta plan calls for more than 20 miles of light rail, increased bus rapid transit and eight miles of rail along Atlanta's BeltLine.

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Metro Atlanta's transit authority has unveiled its billion dollar plan to expand transit in the area. On Thursday, it sent a letter to Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms outlining some proposals. 

The $2.7 billion plan is part of the transit authority's "More MARTA Atlanta" program.

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Transportation is a major issue on the minds of many metro Atlantans.

Several counties will be voting in the coming months on a Transportation Special Local Option Sales Tax, or TSPLOST, that could expand public transit beyond Fulton and DeKalb Counties. The municipality of Atlanta has its own decisions to make regarding transit.

Political Rewind: Russian Hacking Beyond Elections

Aug 3, 2018
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On this edition of Political Rewind, emails obtained by a voter security group show that Georgia officials knew about “critical vulnerabilities” in the electronic voting system less than a month before the November election. While the threat of Russian interference in US elections remains a top concern, should Georgia and other states across the country also be concerned about other areas of vulnerability?

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Wednesday morning, the Gwinnett County Commission approved a contract with MARTA and called for a transit referendum next March.

Voters will decide whether or not to join MARTA under the new regional transit agency "The ATL" and pay a penny sales tax to fund the expansion.

Tyler Estep is the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's reporter covering Gwinnett County. He was at the meeting this morning and joined me via phone to talk about the vote.

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Atlanta After Major Bridge Collapse: Jump In Mass Transit

Apr 3, 2017
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Atlanta area commuters crowded aboard mass transit trains and fewer cars hit the road Monday as public schools went on spring break, easing fears of fierce gridlock after last week's fiery collapse of a key interstate bridge.

MARTA Army Mobilizes To Help First-Time Commuters

Apr 3, 2017
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Atlanta commuters trying transit for the first time in the wake of the I-85 bridge collapse last week will get some help from a local volunteer group.

Members of the MARTA Army--a grassroots transit advocacy group--will be posted around the metro area to help novice riders.