Public transportation

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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"?

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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.

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 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.