Out of 60 applicants, the city of Atlanta is one of only six national cities selected to participate in the Green Lane Project, which works with U.S. cities to speed the installation of protected bike lanes around the country. These on-street lanes are separated from traffic by curbs, planters, parked cars or posts to make riding a bike an appealing option for more people. program. Over the next two years, the City of Atlanta plans to launch its first bike share program that will include approximately 50 stations and 500 bikes. Plans are underway to build miles of multi-use trails, bike lanes and cycle tracks.

MARTA has announced that increased rail service will begin on May 19, according to a report from WSBTV. During weekday peak hours (6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 to 7 p.m.), trains on the Red and Gold Lines, which extend to North Springs and to Doraville respectively, would run every 10 minutes instead of every 15 as they do now. That means where the trains share a line from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport north to Lindbergh Center Station, trains would run every five minutes during those times. Likewise on the Blue and Green Lines, which run to Hamilton E. Holmes and Bankhead Stations, respectively, rush-hour service would be every 10 minutes instead of 15. And where the lines share tracks, from Ashby east to Candler Park Station, trains would run every 5 minutes during those times. Midday service on weekdays will be every 12 minutes on each of the lines, and six minutes on the trunk where the Red/Gold and Blue/Green lines merge.

Atlanta City Councilmember Natalyn Archibong will join the Boulevard Tunnel Initiative (BTI) on April 12 at 9 a.m. for a tunnel clean up. Since BTI’s inception in 2013, they have worked with the Department of Public Works to replace broken guard rails and install brighter security lights. The goal of BTI is for residents to be at ease walking from one end of the tunnel to the other. The community will clean the  tunnel this weekend to make it safer for pedestrians. Future plans include fixing road damage and having the department maintain the tunnel through monthly weed control. Later this month, a mural will be painted from end to end with the help of the Living Walls organization – covering both sides of the street to decorate the tunnel. For more about the BTI project, check out this recent story in INtown.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.