UberX drivers will stage a protest at Piedmont Park this afternoon, Jan. 16, at 3 p.m. and also plan a work stoppage from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. – one of the private car hire’s busiest times of the week. The protest comes after announcement by Uber that it was slashing fares – the third in a year – and eliminating flat fares for trips to the airport. Uber drivers work as independent contractors and many who have purchased cars through the company’s alliance with a sub-prime loan company say they aren’t making enough money to make car payments. Uber is facing resistance in cities around the world over questions about safety, certification as well as a backlash from traditional taxi cab drivers.

MARTA rail and bus service will operate on a modified Saturday schedule on Jan. 19 for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. Rail service will begin at approximately 5 a.m. on Monday, and operate every 20 minutes until approximately 2 a.m. Tuesday. Bus routes that do not normally run on Saturdays will run on Monday and all other bus routes will run on a regular Saturday schedule. Buses in the area (Routes 16, 99 and 110) will require a reroute during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday March and Rally. To view the route changes, visit itsmarta.com.

Trees Atlanta will plant trees in four neighborhoods on Jan. 19, the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, as part of “A Day On Not a Day Off.”. The tree plantings will be performed by volunteers from the organization, Georgia Power, Atlanta Girls’ School and Georgia Interfaith Power & light. Neighborhoods receiving trees include Cabbagetown/Reynoldstown, Southview Cemetery, Old Fourth Ward and the Atlanta VA Medical Center.

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.