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Ramblin Wreck Hits The Road To El Paso

Ramblin Wreck Hits The Road To El Paso

ATLANTA, Ga. - Georgia Tech aerospace engineering major Mike MacMillan of Marietta is coming to the end of a high profile position on the football field.  But he's never made a tackle or caught a pass for the Jackets.

MacMillan is the driver of the Ramblin' Reck, the 1930 model A Ford sport coupe that has been driven out in front of the team for every home game since 1961.  Drivers are elected by the Reck Club, and hold that position for one year.  MacMillan's stint ends after the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.

He and three fellow club members left Tuesday evening, hauling the car 1406 miles to El Paso.  The truck pulling the hauler is one of the gifts from the class of 1984 when they celebrated their 25th anniversary.  The car was not taken to some recent bowl appearances on the west coast, but was at the 2004 NCAA Final Four in San Antonio.

MARTA announces holiday schedule changes

MARTA announces holiday schedule changes

ATLANTA -- Before you hop on MARTA bus or rail this holiday weekend, you should be aware of their special schedule through Monday.

Saturday, Dec. 24
MARTA will operate on a regular Saturday schedule. Buses will run from 5 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., while trains will run every 20 minutes on all lines from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m.

The Five Points RideStore will be open regular hours (7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.), while the Airport RideStore will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 25
MARTA will operate on a regular Sunday schedule Christmas Day. Bus service will run from 5 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. and trains will operate every 20 minutes from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Both RideStore locations will be closed on Sunday.

13 Metro Atlanta communities receive transportation grants

13 Metro Atlanta communities receive transportation grants

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Regional Commission recently awarded $34 million in grants to help 13 Metro Atlanta communities build innovative transportation projects.

Each project includes pedestrian and bicycle improvements to encourage residents to find "greener" ways of getting from place to place, and to make these neighborhoods more livable and supportive of transit.

The money was given through the ARC's Livable Center Initiative, which is funded with federal transportation dollars.

"LCI has helped communities across Metro Atlanta re-tool and redesign over the years, creating more plans that attract residents and businesses alike," said Doug Hooker, executive director of ARC. "This program is a model for others around the country and has helped to create or finalize many of our region's most innovative and livable communities."

Wheels of Green: Drive a Chevrolet Volt and watch other drivers turn green with envy

Wheels of Green: Drive a Chevrolet Volt and watch other drivers turn green with envy

I’ve never been one to draw admiring glances. Until the other day, when I test drove a new Chevrolet Volt down Peachtree Street in Midtown.

The car was emblazoned with graphics, so people took notice of the Volt whether they were car buffs or not. Expressions ranged from curious to envious. Mostly envious. Because the Chevy Volt is a totally new type of car technology.

The Volt is not a hybrid like a Honda Civic or Toyota Prius, yet it does have a gas generator so it’s not 100-percent electric like a Nissan Leaf. This means that, at least until charging stations are readily available nationwide, the Volt is better suited to long road trips than other electric cars and won’t need as many fill-ups as a hybrid.

As significant as the glances that the Volt drew were the number of folks who failed to look at it, because it looks like a regular car not some alien craft. And it handles like one, too.

Traffic impacted this Sunday due to Atlanta Marathon

Traffic impacted this Sunday due to Atlanta Marathon

 

Expect road closures on Sunday as runners discover Atlanta one mile at a time at the Atlanta Marathon and Marathon Relay on Sunday, October 30, 2011. The 26.2 mile urban course starts and finishes at Atlantic Station taking participants on a tour of Atlanta past well-known Atlanta sites and neighborhoods such as Georgia Tech, Centennial Olympic Park, Georgia Aquarium, Turner Field, Grant Park, Oakland Cemetery, Martin Luther King Center, Piedmont Park, Buckhead and the famous Peachtree Road.

Below are some important resources for spectators and residents / businesses located along the course.

Meet MARTA Day at Five Points Station

Meet MARTA Day at Five Points Station

ATLANTA – On Wednesday, MARTA riders can share ideas with the General Manager and CEO, Beverly A. Scott, of the Atlanta transit and rail company as a part of the company’s “Meet MARTA Day” effort. The event will be held at the Five Points Station from 4 to 7 p.m.

Tell company executives what, you think, would make MARTA “smarta” and partake in light refreshments, games, giveaways and tons of information. This event is the first in a series of Meet MARTA Days; the next two events will be held at North Springs station and at College Park and Kensington stations.

MARTA customers will also be able to learn about the proposed 2012 transportation sales tax and will have the opportunity to sound-off about Atlanta Regional transportation projects on the docket.

Eco-Fabulous Explored on Beltline Tour

Eco-Fabulous Explored on Beltline Tour

The Atlanta Beltline project is a diverse 2.8 billion project to renovate neighborhoods, parks and commercial space for an area of the city that will be connected by town-car (incorporating old railroad tracks).  The project incorporates nature and neighborhood's existing materials to create a neighborhood that's "eco-fabulous", as our tour guide called it. Brian Leary, the brain behind this project was a college student who was inspired by a similar plan in Paris.

Every Friday and Saturday at 9:30AM, the Atlanta Beltline hosts a free three hour tour along this beltline that highlights the circle that the town cars will transit. Currently, this Beltline tour is reserved for the next year but I was lucky enough to find a seat, due to a cancellation.

I didn't know what to expect on these tours. When I signed up I had never imagined the tour would take three hours out of my Saturday.