Q&A on the News

Q: Twelve hundred seats at the Super Bowl couldn’t be used, but 850 people were moved to empty seats. Why were there 850 empty seats available? I can’t imagine that many people canceled ahead of time without reselling their tickets.

-- N. Loeb, Johns Creek

A: Some of the displaced fans were relocated to seats that were reserved by the NFL in case of a problem, league spokesman Brian McCarthy told Q&A on the News in an e-mail. Others were given seats that were made available when NFL and Dallas Cowboys staff and family members gave up their seats to accommodate the fans, McCarthy said.

Q: What's the status of the MARTA Braves shuttle? Last year MARTA announced it was not going to have a Braves shuttle. Are there plans to have a shuttle from the MARTA station to the Braves game?

-- Mary Anne Russell, Roswell

A: The shuttle for this year was cut in the fiscal year 2011 budget, a decision that still stands, MARTA spokeswoman Cara Hodgson told Q&A on the News. The fiscal year runs from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011. She said the best route now for people heading to Turner Field is to get off at the Georgia State station, which is on the blue-green line on the east side. People can then walk down Piedmont Avenue, which changes into Hank Aaron Drive. She said it is about eight to nine blocks, or 1.5 miles.

Lori Johnston wrote this column. Do you have a question about the news? We’ll try to get the answer. Call 404-222-2002 or e-mail q&a@ajc.com (include name, phone and city).