Q&A on the News

Q: Every morning, a MARTA bus picks up a disabled person on Rockbridge Road in DeKalb County. The driver parks the bus in the eastbound lane while he enters the house to help the passenger to the bus, causing traffic delays. Why doesn’t he pull into the driveway? The cars can’t get around the parked bus because of oncoming traffic.

— E.W. Nielsen, Stone Mountain

A: MARTA Mobility, which provides transportation services to people with disabilities who are unable to board MARTA's buses or trains, is not allowed to enter private driveways. The weight of the buses could damage driveways, a MARTA spokesman told Q&A on the News in an email. Regarding this specific case, the spokesman wrote: "In order to address any concerns from the public, we are conducting an assessment of this situation to determine the extent of the problem and to find a workable solution, if necessary."

Q: How did one Supreme Court justice (Sonia Sotomayor) issue an injunction for mandated birth control coverage?

— Tom Cotton, Senoia

A: Sotomayor was the justice who was assigned to hear emergency applications from the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. She granted a temporary injunction to the Little Sisters of the Poor, a Denver nonprofit run by nuns, on Dec. 31, blocking part of the Affordable Health Care Act's contraceptive mandate. The Little Sisters and other plaintiffs received an injunction on Jan. 24 that will temporarily shield them from the mandate, the National Catholic Register reported.

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