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MARTA to increase train, bus service

4/11/2014, 2:30 p.m.
MARTA authorities say they will increase service on trains in the transit system that serves metro Atlanta.
MARTA train at station.

ATLANTA (AP) - MARTA authorities say they will increase service on trains in the transit system that serves metro Atlanta. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/1g5iqF9) that trains operated by the Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority will begin running more frequently on May 19. The changes will mean that trains on the heavily-traveled red and gold lines will run every 10 minutes during peak hours on weekdays instead of every 15 minutes as they do now. Officials say bus service will be increased as well starting on May 17.

Transportation officials hold rail network forums

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Department of Transportation is hosting a series of public meetings on a rail network plan. Department officials say the plan will spell out Georgia’s vision for a freight and passenger rail network, its economic impact and more. Department officials say the long-range plan covers a time period through 2040 and the department will also consult railroad and port officials, shippers, transit agencies and others. The department is hosting a meeting in Dalton on April 15, Atlanta on April 16 and in Valdosta on April 17. Each meeting runs from 5 to 7 p.m. and officials say the department will host a second set of meetings on the subject this fall.

www.dot.ga.gov/travelingingeorgia/rail/Pages/StateRailPlan.aspx

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DeKalb Superintendent Michael Thurmond

DeKalb County school system eyes charter status

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - DeKalb County could soon become the latest metro Atlanta school system to pursue charter school status. All Georgia school districts must decide by summer 2015 whether to maintain their current structure or pursue a charter school status, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported (http://bit.ly/1gH0wI0). The charter school status is expected to move more decision-making from the central office to school buildings. If DeKalb County opts for charter school status, it would join Fulton County in that category. Gwinnett County, Georgia’s largest school district, chose a middle ground, becoming an "Investing in Educational Excellence’’ district and keeping more central control than a charter system. DeKalb County Superintendent Michael Thurmond is recommending charter status instead of the status quo or the middle ground selected by Gwinnett.

Selig helps Braves celebrate Aaron’s anniversary

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig called Hank Aaron "ideally suited to become Babe Ruth’s heir’’ as he participated in the Braves’ celebration of the 40th anniversary of Aaron’s record-breaking 715th homer. The 80-year-old Aaron was given a standing ovation in Tuesday’s night ceremony. Aaron broke Ruth’s record with his homer on April 8, 1974 off the Dodgers’ Al Downing. Downing attended the ceremony and threw out the first pitch. Some of Aaron’s 1974 teammates returned, including Dusty Baker and Tom House, who caught the homer in the bullpen. Aaron thanked fans "for all your kindness all these many years.’’ Aaron, recovering from recent hip-replacement surgery, used a walker. The Braves wore their 1970s era white-and-blue uniforms, complete with small "a’’ caps, in tribute to Aaron. The Braves went on to lose their home opener to the New York Mets, 4-0. But rebound the next day with a win.

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