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.

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Whether you live in the city of Atlanta, commute to work there or only pass through occasionally, getting around Atlanta can be a hassle. 

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms talked about redesigning how Atlanta moves people through its streets during our monthly Ask The Mayor show with GPB's All Things Considered Host, Rickey Bevington.

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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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This month, GPB launched its "Full Plates" series, looking at hunger in Georgia. One in six Georgians is food insecure, meaning they don't always know where their next meal will come from. Food insecurity is often linked to access — in rural communities, as well as neighborhoods in and around metro Atlanta.

More than a third of metro Atlanta is considered a food desert. Ross Terrell met one Atlanta resident who's working to overcome a lack of reliable transportation, which is one barrier for some residents to access fresh, healthy food. Terrell visited On Second Thought to discuss the problems and solutions surrounding food deserts in Georgia's largest city.

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You can’t talk about Atlanta without discussing its close relative, traffic.

All it takes is one trip down I-75 or I-85 during rush hour to make you question why you ever thought driving on the highway was a good idea. The cars on the highway can seemingly stretch for miles with little movement for minutes at a time.

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The Georgia Ports Authority has elected a new chairman. Augusta Construction company executive William D. McKnight will begin a term July 1. 

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Eighteen miles of I-85 could be an on-ramp to the future.

The Ray C. Anderson Memorial Highway, or The Ray, stretches from West Point to LaGrange. Named for a carpet manufacturer once called the "greenest CEO," The Ray is now a proving ground for technologies that could make infrastructure safer and more ecologically sustainable.

So, how would it work? We asked Allie Kelly, executive director of The Ray.

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The Atlanta City Council adopted a transportation plan Monday night aimed at improving safety and mobility throughout the city.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, Governor Deal announces a first step to build new transit in metro Atlanta, a huge project along Georgia 400.  Is the state on track to tackle the region’s traffic headaches?

Southern Pedaler Makes Cycling A Party

May 7, 2018
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May is National Bike Month.

As Atlanta's only "pedal powered party," Southern Pedaler organizes group tours and pub crawls around midtown and downtown Atlanta. Their "mega bikes" can accommodate groups of up to 15 people.

On Second Thought intern Emily Bunker went for a ride with Southern Pedaler and brought back an audio postcard. 

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In the last year, nearly 80,000 people moved to the Atlanta metro area. The city is growing at its fastest rate since the Great Recession. But can the city meet its needs and maintain its desirable status? We talk about this with Mike Carnathan, a Researcher with the Atlanta Regional Commission.

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The Atlanta Regional Commission predicts Gwinnett County will become Georgia’s most populous county by the year 2040, outpacing Fulton county with nearly 1.4 million residents. The county is launching a study to create a comprehensive transportation plan for the area.

Gripe Bag: Road Rage

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Don Smith is one of many Atlanta residents who has a real problem with the city's traffic. Smith is the acting senior producer for "On Second Thought," and he has a thing or two to say about Atlanta’s roadways. This is part of our occasional series, The Gripe Bag.

Much  can be said about Atlanta’s roads and streets and sidewalks. But the FCC takes a dim view of many words that apply, so I will mind my manners, if not my malice. First of all: why are developers and deliverers favored over mere drivers?


This week, Atlanta-based Delta Airlines banned a disruptive passenger for life. This passenger was captured on video a week earlier shouting pro-Donald Trump and anti-Hillary Clinton remarks on a flight from Atlanta to Allentown, Pennsylvania. In addition to banning this passenger, Delta also gave refunds to people aboard that flight. Delta's decision came after the airline was criticized for its initial inaction in the matter.

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Macon-Bibb County officials meet later this month to discuss why the rate of pedestrian fatalities is so high in the city. It’s either the most deadly or close to the most deadly county in the state for walkers, depending on how you count it. Chris Tsavatewa of the Macon-Bibb Board of Health tells us why he's made pedestrian safety a top issue.