MARTA TO RESTORE BUS ROUTES SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID-19

ATLANTA – The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) will restore 58 previously suspended bus routes on Saturday, April 24, after completing the installation of state-of-the-art air filtration and purification systems on all buses and receiving support from the federal government to enforce mask wearing. MARTA suspended 70 of its 110 bus routes on April 20, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic was intensifying and the need for maintaining social distance was paramount to reducing the spread of the virus. In the months since, 12 routes have been reinstated as conditions allowed

“We understand the reduction in bus routes created a hardship for many of our customers, and we are appreciative of their patience as we balanced providing a service with protecting public health,” said MARTA General Manager and CEO Jeffrey Parker. “Public transit by its very nature goes against social distancing and by placing all 540 buses in our fleet on a reduced number of routes a year ago, we were able to provide more room for our customers and hopefully slow the spread of the virus. With the installation of filters that rid the air of harmful pathogens and the new federally mandated mask requirement, we feel we can now safely return to full bus service.”

Over the past few months, MARTA has installed Bipolar Ionization air filters on all buses, in addition to the antimicrobial filters already in place. These newest air-filtering devices eliminate airborne pathogens and deliver clean air every 75 seconds, without producing ozone or other harmful by-products. All buses will continue to be thoroughly disinfected every 24 hours, as well as cleaned mid-service as needed. Protective polycarbonate shields remain around all bus operator cabs and free masks are available on board every bus, either through a mask dispenser located near the front door, or from an operator when dispensers are running low.

“Protecting the health of our customers and the bus operators who have continued to work throughout the pandemic providing an essential service, was our first priority,” said MARTA Deputy General Manager of Operations Collie Greenwood. “It was imperative that every bus was equipped with an advanced air filtering system and that all customers were masked before returning to pre-COVID bus service levels.”

MARTA’s Bus Operations and Planning Department will spend the next few weeks preparing for full route restoration by updating digital and print bus schedules, removing signage from previously closed bus stops, and assigning routes to operators.

For bus route information and videos detailing the restoration of service and COVID-19 protocols visit https://www.itsmarta.com/servicerestoration.aspx. For real-time service alerts follow @MARTAservice on Twitter or download the MARTA On The Go app.

April Virtual Mechanicsville Civic Association Meeting (4/5)!

Just a reminder that the Mechanicsville Civic Association will be meeting on Monday, April 5 at 6:30pm. The meeting is normally held at Dunbar Recreation Center, Room 207, but will be held virtually due to COVID-19. You can find more information about the meeting here and below: https://www.facebook.com/events/1957278701094160/

Please use the following information to join our next meeting:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84468125603?pwd=cllOOWRWYnhzUXdxYVRyVDd6QmlHdz09

Meeting ID: 844 6812 5603
Passcode: 564274
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As always, meeting dates are subject to change pending holidays and important events affecting meeting space availability.

We hope to see you there!

Atlanta Watershed Learning Network Looking for 2021 Class Members

The 2021 Atlanta Watershed Learning Network class of 2021 will be starting soon.
Please reach out to your circle of friends, relatives, community members: share your learning experience and invite them to apply for membership in the upcoming class.

Use the attached flyer for details and download these links to share with those interested in applying:

 The link to the My Pledge document is here

The link to the Pre-Post Evaluation is here.

Atlanta History Center Survey

Hello,

My name is Kelsey Fritz, I am the Manager of Exhibition Planning and Concepts at the Atlanta History Center. Atlanta History Center is one of the premier history educational organizations in the Southeast, featuring a 150,000-square-foot museum, three historic houses, Kenan Research Center, the 1886 cyclorama The Battle of Atlanta, and other facilities on a 33-acres of interpretive gardens located on our campus in Atlanta.  https://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/.

We are currently exploring potential new topics for our exhibitions and are looking for community input. This brief survey below gauges interest in potential exhibit topics.

At the end of the survey there is also the option to opt in to receive invites to future virtual input sessions for those willing and interested in providing us more in depth feedback. These future sessions will allow for more in depth small group discussions and will be held virtually this spring.

All feedback we receive from the community helps us define the stories we can tell in our galleries and provides insight into how exhibitions at the History Center can meet the needs of the community.

The Atlanta History Center is trying to get broad community input at this stage in the process, so in addition to posting the survey on our social media sites, we are also reaching out to Metro Atlanta neighborhood groups to reach folks who might not be as familiar with our institution.

If you can, I would greatly appreciate you forwarding this email and survey to the Mechanicsville Neighborhood Association email list so that members of your community also have a chance to participate. I hope you are doing well and staying safe during this crazy time, and that I get a chance to speak with you at one of our virtual input sessions!

Here is the link to the survey.

Thanks so much,

Kelsey Fritz

Manager of Exhibition Planning and Concepts

kfritz@atlantahistorycenter.com

March 10 Workshop on Eviction Prevention

March 10, 6:00 pm Free workshop – Current state of the CDC moratorium on evictions and what to do when it expires on March 31. How to file an answer if you’ve received an eviction notice, what to do if you have a hearing before the moratorium ends, and COVID-19 emergency assistance for rent, mortgage, utilities, and security deposits.

https://beltline.org/event/evictions-during-covid-19-an-important-update/

@Promise Center Virtual Update meeting

Hello All
I hope you all are doing well. On March 4, 2021 @ 6pm the Atlanta Police foundation and @Promise center staff will host a virtually update meeting for the @Promise Center located in the Pittsburgh Community at 836 Metropolitan Pkwy Atlanta, Ga. 30310.
I will share the link as soon as I get it. Please share with people that may be interest in know what happening at the center.
Thanks,
Stephanie

March Virtual Mechanicsville Civic Association Meeting (3/1)!

Just a reminder that the Mechanicsville Civic Association will be meeting on Monday, March 1 at 6:30pm. The meeting is normally held at Dunbar Recreation Center, Room 207, but will be held virtually due to COVID-19. You can find more information about the meeting here and below: https://www.facebook.com/events/3756288394432459/

Please use the following information to join our next meeting:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84468125603?pwd=cllOOWRWYnhzUXdxYVRyVDd6QmlHdz09

Meeting ID: 844 6812 5603
Passcode: 564274
One tap mobile
+13126266799,,84468125603#,,,,*564274#

As always, meeting dates are subject to change pending holidays and important events affecting meeting space availability.

We hope to see you there!

NPU-V Community Support/Cure Violence Atlanta

Hello everyone

The following Cure Violence staff have been assigned to the following communities. Cure Violence staff will be able to assist with identifying community hot spots, identifying drivers of violence, community events, community clean ups, etc… As mentioned in the meeting, Cure Violence staff are not law enforcement. Our job is to identify drivers of violence, interrupt violence and provide wrap around supports for individuals looking for a positive path to journey down. In our efforts to change social norms, we aim to aid in the communities efforts to make sure residents remain safe and secure through disseminating credible information and or resources for the community to continue to thrive. Staff will be available for support, information sharing and gathering in Civic Association meetings.

The following staff are as follows:

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Alfred L. Garner II. MSW
Director of Zone 3 Community Initiatives