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Contravious Burson got a $40,000 bond after being accused of stabbing a MARTA patron.

Bond set for man accused in MARTA stabbing

A Fulton County judge ruled Thursday that the man charged with a stabbing at a MARTA rail station needs to make a $40,000 bond to get out of jail and then is prohibited from using the transit service.Magistrate Jessy Lall also imposed a 24-hour curfew on Contravious Burson, 22, of ...

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MARTA vs. labor: like running into a horse with an SUV

MARTA’s boss man lives in grand mansion with columns out front. How do I know that? I saw it in a newspaper advertisement a couple weeks ago. The ad, paid for by angry union members, compares MARTA CEO Keith Parker’s stately edifice with a couple of dumps occupied by the ...

Man wounded in MARTA station shooting

One man was wounded and another in custody after a shooting inside MARTA’s Inman Park Station shortly after 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon. MARTA reported the man received a non-life threatening injury to his arm. The station was closed temporarily and the authority used bus bridges to ferry people between the ...

Driver killed in crash with MARTA bus identified

The driver who was killed when his car collided with a MARTA bus has been identified as Ricky Kindrick, 49, of Union City.Kindrick died when his northbound car crashed head-on into a southbound bus on Roosevelt Highway near Global Gateway Connector at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, said Lyle Harris of MARTA.The ...

Motorist killed in crash with MARTA bus in College Park

A motorist was killed Sunday morning after a head-on collision with a MARTA bus in College Park.The collision occurred around 8:30 a.m., according to MARTA spokesman Lyle Harris. He said the MARTA bus was traveling southbound on Roosevelt Highway near Global Gateway Connector when it was struck head-on by a ...

Man arrested after jumping on tracks at Five Points MARTA station

Service was delayed on MARTA’s East-West line for about 20 minutes Saturday afternoon following the arrest of a man who allegedly jumped onto the tracks at the Five Points station. According to MARTA spokesman Lyle Harris, about 1:34 p.m. a 25-year-old man jumped from the center platform onto the tracks. ...

Curtis Howard (left), president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 732, uses a bullhorn to speak to union members protesting stalled contract negotiations and MARTA’s proposal to outsource several functions. JONATHAN PHILLIPS / SPECIAL

MARTA workers protest stalled contract talks

MARTA union employees held up signs and shouted chants in the shadow of a Midtown high-rise building Monday to protest stalled negotiations and privatization efforts that could threaten hundreds of jobs.Contract negotiations between the union and the transit agency have dragged on for 16 months. The last contract expired in ...

The snow ended, the sun came out and temperatures climbed above freezing on Feb. 13, 2014, but authorities still advised against venturing out onto snow-covered roads. JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM

MARTA ridership rising again after January disasters

Winter storms that walloped metro Atlanta in January and February also dealt a blow to MARTA ridership during the fiscal year that ended June 30.Ridership figures released Thursday show patronage of the transit agency has stabilized. In fact, MARTA experienced gains in ridership (measured by the number of “unlinked” trips) ...

Man hit, killed by MARTA train ID’d

A homeless man — born in India but a U.S. citizen — was killed just before daybreak Wednesday when he was struck by a train pulling into the Georgia State rail station. The man was identified as Mahendra Kumar Ghelabhai Patel, 55. Though he had “no fixed address,” officials were ...

MARTA driver charged after hitting and killing pedestrian

The driver of a MARTA bus that struck and killed a pedestrian in West End last week has been charged with misdemeanor vehicular homicide. Leroy Brown, 59, was behind the wheel of the bus when it hit 19-year-old Brenda Travis as she tried to cross Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard at ...

Court: MARTA must pay $500K to ex-employee in retaliation lawsuit

A U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled that MARTA must pay a half-million dollars to a former employee who claimed he was fired in retaliation for making a racial discrimination complaint. Darryl P. Connelly, a white man, was fired in 2009 from his job as director of transit-oriented development because ...

'Eyesight' software will scan MARTA for suspicious behavior

Can a computer program catch a bad guy before he even commits a crime? MARTA will soon see. The transit agency has contracted with a Houston-based security firm to analyze its surveillance video using an artificial-intelligence-based software that “learns” to distinguish normal behavior from that which seems suspicious. Much like ...

Access to Ashby MARTA station blocked as police investigate stabbing on train platform on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

MARTA’s Ashby station reopened after stabbing investigation

UPDATE: MARTA’s Ashby station, closed for nearly five hours to accommodate the investigation of a stabbing inside the station, has reopened. Service is available both eastbound and westbound, but only from the westbound platform. ORIGINAL REPORT: MARTA’s Ashby station is closed and served by a bus bridge while authorities investigate ...

MARTA officer arrested for DUI

A lieutenant for MARTA police has been placed on administrative duty after being arrested for drunk driving, a MARTA spokesman said.According to DeKalb County jail records, Cleshea Britt was arrested July 18 and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, open container and a lane violation. She was released ...

Workers push one of the first streetcars out of its maintenance facility in April, so crews could install wiring inside the building. With the wires in place, the cars move under their own power. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

Streetcar’s opening day set back to November

The Atlanta Streetcar will miss its planned summer opening and won’t start rolling until November, city leaders said Tuesday. But Tiger Feazell isn’t holding his breath.The manager of Will’s Way Creole Kitchen on Auburn Avenue has seen prolonged construction work in front of his restaurant deter customers for months. Workers ...

Feds explain $45 million takeback of commuter rail line funds

The Federal Transit Administration issued a statement Friday explaining a decision to claw back $45 million in earmarks designated for a commuter rail line south of Atlanta that had sat unused for nearly a decade.“As a responsible steward of taxpayer dollars, the Federal Transit Administration must ensure that federal funds ...

MARTA Civic Center station reopens

Normal rail service has resumed at MARTA’s Civic Center station, nearly three hours after the station was shut down because of a suspicious package. MARTA tweeted just before noon Tuesday that service had been restored to the station on West Peachtree Street, which was shut down when the package was ...

MARTA expansion to go before Clayton voters

Clayton County commissioners on Saturday voted to place a historic MARTA referendum on the ballot in November, enabling voters to decide whether to pay an extra one-cent sales tax to bring rail and bus service to their county.If they approve the measure Nov. 4, voters will kick off the first ...

MARTA expansion to go before Clayton voters

Clayton County commissioners, in a 3-1 vote, opted to let residents decide in a Nov. 4 referendum whether to fund MARTA service within the county with a one-penny sales tax. If Clayton voters approve the measure, it would be the first expansion of MARTA beyond the confines of DeKalb and ...

A standing-room-only crowd reacts to presentations for a referendum to join MARTA for the November ballot during a meeting of Clayton County’s Board of Commissioners Tuesday, July 1, 2014, in Jonesboro, Ga. If approved by voters, the transportation measure would usher in the first additional county since the inception of the transit authority. David Tulis / AJC Special

Outlook dim for Clayton County’s MARTA prospects

A last-ditch effort to revive public transportation in Clayton County appeared to have hit a wall Thursday.Two of the three commissioners considered possible swing votes for a MARTA penny sales tax, Gail Hambrick and Sonna Singleton, emailed virtually identical letters to constituents Thursday reaffirming their opposition to a 1-cent-per-dollar sales ...

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