Gov. Nathan Deal announced March 27 that the state will borrow up to $100 million for mass transit projects. According to a report in the AJC, the $100 million in transit bond money is included in the governor’s 2019 budget, but how the money will be spent is uncertain. Deal’s announcement comes as the Georgia Legislature eyes two bills: House Bill 930 and Senate Bill 386 would allow 13 metro Atlanta counties to impose transit sales taxes of up to 1 percent. The bills also would create a board to oversee transit construction and funding in a 13-county area.

A rendering of the proposed Element hotel.

Curbed Atlanta reports that a new 157-room Element hotel is planned for Downtown at Marietta and Mill streets near Centennial Olympic Park. Element would be the latest in an ongoing hotel boom in Downtown, with Spring Hill Suites by Marriott nearing completion and Hyatt House on Luckie Street.

The Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee has opened its application process for the Super Bowl LIII volunteer program, known as TEAM ATL. The Host Committee is seeking up to 10,000 “high-energy individuals” to assist in welcoming more than one million guests expected to visit the city during the 10 days of festivities surrounding Super Bowl LIII on  Feb. 3, 2019 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Those interested in volunteering should visit ATLSuperBowl53.com/volunteer/ .

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.