MARTA Service Changes 3/30 – Info and Resources

Good afternoon NPU leaders,

I wanted to make sure that you have seen the announcement that MARTA is making service changes starting on Monday and provide information for communicating with your neighbors.

Flyer/social media: attached
News Release: below my signature

Please let me know if you have questions or need additional information.

Jon McKenley
Project Manager | Office of Stakeholder & Public Engagement
Department of External Affairs



ATLANTA – The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) is making operational adjustments beginning Thursday, March 26, to protect the health and wellness of employees as they continue providing essential transit service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, MARTA is making service plan changes to bus and rail operations beginning Monday, March 30, to address the dramatic ridership and revenue decline seen in the wake of this national health crisis.

“MARTA stands by our role as a provider of essential infrastructure. Our frontline employees are everyday heroes who drive buses, run trains, protect our customers, and clean vehicles and stations. I applaud the fortitude and resilience they show every day by coming to work despite the anxiety and uncertainty that has become the new normal,” said MARTA General Manager and CEO Jeffrey Parker. “While additional operational changes may be forthcoming, we are implementing the following changes to current operations to better protect our staff.”

Beginning tomorrow, bus customers will enter and exit using the rear doors only, except for customers who require the accessibility ramp. Also, because our Breeze farebox is located at the front door, MARTA is suspending fare collection on buses. For customers transferring to and from the rail system, fares will be paid at the rail stations. MARTA is closing public restrooms at low-utilization rail stations beginning tomorrow. Public restrooms will remain open at College Park, Doraville, Five Points, H.E. Holmes, Indian Creek, Lindbergh, and North Springs rail stations.

Beginning Monday, March 30, MARTA will reduce bus service by approximately 30 percent. All bus routes will continue to operate, but with fewer buses on each route. The exception is on routes with the heaviest ridership; 15, 39, 5, 121, 196, 73, 110, 78, 83, and 89, which will have buses added to help with social distancing. This adjusted plan most closely mirrors MARTA’s inclement weather plan and prioritizes service along major arterial routes and to medical facilities. The plan also allows for weekday level bus service to essential businesses.

Rail service will operate on a weekend schedule beginning Monday, March 30, except for start time which will remain the regular weekday start time to complement bus service. Also, all Red and Gold Line trains will go to the airport, and Green Line trains will turn back at King Memorial. Due to extremely low ridership, MARTA is closing Mercedes-Benz/State Farm Arena/GWCC rail station. Trains will not stop at this rail station beginning Monday. MARTA will perform deep cleaning, repair work, painting, and other small projects at the rail station during this temporary closure. Additionally, the streetcar will operate on a Sunday schedule beginning Monday, March 30.

Updated bus and rail service information will be available on, MARTA’s On The Go app, @MARTASERVICE on Twitter, @MARTAtransit on Facebook, digital boards throughout the system, and communicated through announcements on buses, trains, and at rail stations. Call our Customer Care Center at 404-848-5000 if you have any concerns.


NPU-V Healing Circle on April 8

Subject: NPU-V Healing Circle 4

Alfred Garner is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: NPU-V Healing Circle 4
Time: Apr 8, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Crisis response resource information

NPU V community groups,

We have revised our community event sponsorship fund (up to $400) to simplify it and allow its use for providing emergency supplies and other crisis related activities that are not typical events in the community.  Please see attached.

Also, I came across the funding opportunity down below which is due on 4/4.  And Georgia Center for Nonprofits is keeping a great list:

LISC and Verizon are partnering to provide grants of up to $10,000 to businesses and non-profits facing immediate financial pressure because of COVID-19—especially entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other enterprises in historically underserved communities who don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital. The grant can be used for paying rent and utilities, meeting payroll, paying outstanding debt to vendors, and other immediate operational costs.

The first round of grant applications is due on Saturday, April 4th. I understand this is very short notice. However, the application is short, collecting background information on the organization and its needs. There will be another round.


Please share this application with the groups you support and others in your network.

Thank you.


Update on ULI / mTAP Consulting in Mechanicsville | Please Complete Survey!

Last year, Mechanicsville Civic Association submitted a proposal to participate in ULI Atlanta’s mTAP program which provides the neighborhood with free consulting work from real estate professionals. Our proposal included the need to address the vacant, publicly-owned properties in the neighborhood–specifically the parking lots owned by the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority.

Our application was submitted and neighborhood leaders presented to ULI staff in late November. In December, we were notified that we were selected as a client for the mTAP program.

Over the year, community leaders have been working with the mTAP team to educate them about the challenges facing the neighborhood. To better facilitate their understanding of our needs and challenges, the mTAP has been distributing a survey that they’re asking community members to complete and submit. You can find an online version of that survey here.

Though we are all currently impacted by the effects of COVID-19, please review and submit as soon as you can.

You can learn more about our work with the mTAP program below:

Pandemic Financial/Other Resources/Info

Resources compiled and shared from Councilmember Joyce Sheperd’s office:

Stimulus Package Info:

Please scroll down for details about the following resource categories.
-Utilities & Bills
-Specific Industry Funds
-Free Media & Entertainment, Recreation

New Federal Tax Deadline July 15th:

Ga State Tax Deadline July 15th:–regional-govt–politics/georgia-like-feds-will-move-tax-day-from-april-july/jjYrFFntaF7l76zNWIGA0I/

Halting federal student loan payments and interest for 60 days:

US Federal Gov Unemployment:

Georgia News on Unemployment for Employers & Employees:

Georgia Unemployment Application:

Mortgage relief news:

No Atlanta Evictions for Next 60 Days:

Just Shelter: List of organizations working hard to preserve affordable housing and prevent eviction

List of Banks Offering to Help Customers:

Comcast: No disconnects. Free hotspots. Low-income households get 2 months free service

AT&T: No disconnects for 60 days, waiving late payment fees. Unlimited data

Verizon: No disconnects for 60 days, waiving late payment fees

Sprint: No disconnects for 60 days, waiving late payment fees. Unlimited data

T Mobile: No disconnects for 60 days, waiving late payment fees. Unlimited data

Georgia Power: No disconnects

Atlanta Watershed: Suspending all water shut offs during this time

Geico: Pausing cancellation of policies due to non payment or policy expiration until April 30th


Cobb County Food Resources:

Atlanta Community Food Bank:

Atlanta Survival Program: Free grocery delivery

Free Meals for Atlanta Public School Students:

Uber Eats: Waiving all delivery fees

The Giving Kitchen: For food service workers needing financial assistance

Bartender Fund:

Creator Fund: Freelancers/Creators, get up to $500 to help with groceries, medical bills, housing, etc

Resources for Artists:

Relief Fund for LGBTQI+ BIPOC:


Mental Health Services:

Financial Planning Association: Pro Bono Financial Planning

CVS: Waiving home delivery fees & 30 day refill limit on certain medications

Atlanta Public Schools Updates:

Old Fourth Distillery: giving away free hand sanitizer during their business hours. Bring your own container and make a donation

Uhaul: 1 free month storage units for students needing to move asap


Scholastic: Free education for Pre K – grade 6+

Adobe Photoshop: Free for students until May

Adobe Creative Cloud: People with Adobe can get 2 months free

NASA Media Library:

Peloton Workout App: Free 90 day trial

Free books, movies, software, music, etc:

Free Ivy League courses:

Free Online Museum Tours:

Free National Park Tours:

No Entrance fees to National Parks:

NPR: Free virtual concerts

Paris Opera: Free live performances

Center of Puppetry Arts: Free tours and performances

Might Could Studiomates: 1 month free trial

Download Free Coloring Books:

Virtual Meeting TODAY (Tuesday, March 17th at 6:30 p.m.) on Conducting Meetings During City of Atlanta Closure

Good afternoon, NPU Leaders and NPU Planners.

As you know, we have been working diligently to explore options for providing support to the NPUs and neighborhoods, most of whom are impacted by the City of Atlanta’s recent ban on public gatherings of more than 50 people. Today, we tested out a couple of options, and would like to share an update with you this evening at 6:30 p.m. I know this is short notice, but we really want to be able to get this moving as quickly as possible. If you cannot attend, please ensure that someone from your board is present. I will send you a calendar invitation separately that can be shared.

This meeting will double as an update and discussion of options; AND a demonstration of how you might be able to conduct virtual meetings. Please join this meeting by clicking this link from your cell phone, laptop, iPad/tablet, or desktop computer and join “as a guest.” You do not need to be technologically savvy to participate. And feel free to share this email with your executive board members, neighborhood presidents, or anyone connected to your NPU that you think may find this useful.

Filming on Bass and Ira St 3/16-3/17

Title of production: Macgyver Season 4
Production company name: Eye Production Inc
Production type: TV / Series
Production Short synopsis: Macgyver saves the day using everyday items.
Location Name: 381 bass st sw
Prep Start: 03/16/2020 07:00 AM
Shoot start: 03/17/2020 07:00 AM
Shoot end: 03/17/2020 03:00 PM

Dear Neighbors,

CBS Studio Network will be filming at a home on Bass St on March 17th between 7a-3p. We will be prepping on March 16th between 7a-7p and wrapping on the day of filming.

We’ve requested the following from the City of Atlanta:


  • North driving lane of Bass St SW b/t Ira St SW & Smith St SW from 7a 3/16 – 7p 3/17
  • West parking lane of Ira St SW b/t R.D.A Blvd SW & Stephens St SW from 7a 3/16 – 7p 3/17

CBS Studio Network is very sensitive to the impact that filming can have on a community. Off-duty City of Atlanta PD officers will be on site during this time to ensure the successful flow of traffic through the area. It is with these issues in mind that we approach the logistical needs of the production so we can effectively work to minimize any inconveniences to those in the neighborhood.

On behalf of CBS and MacGyver Cast and Crew, thank you for your patience and cooperation; it is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions you can reach us at the production office 404-662-4017.


Ben Smith
Assistant Location Manager

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BeltLine Sub Area 1 Master Plan / West End LCI Open House

The City of Atlanta Department of City Planning and The Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. have teamed up to coordinate two planning efforts The West End Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) and Atlanta BeltLine Subarea 1 Plan update. Collectively, these plans will reflect the community’s vision and today’s market conditions, while incorporating an action-oriented implementation plan. Additional information is included in the attached fact sheet.

There will be an open house for the mater plan update TOMORROW, March 5 at the Lee & White Community Room in West End. Here are the details:

Date: Thursday, March 5, 2020
Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm
Location: Lee & White Street Community Room
Address: 1000 White St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

Portions of Mechanicsville, Adair Park, and Pittsburgh are included in the planning area, so community members are strongly encouraged to attend. Though the first kick off meeting will be this week, the first workshop will be held in July.

You can find more information, including the draft LCI plan, here: