At its meeting Sept. 18, the Atlanta City Council approved an ordinance transferring all assets and operations of the Atlanta Streetcar to the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA).
The mayor, or his designee, is now authorized to transfer all Atlanta Streetcar operations, including, without limitation, all operational, staffing, planning, maintenance, employee, fare, service level and related functions, from the city of Atlanta to MARTA over the next year.
The city was awarded $47.7 million for the project from the TIGER II discretionary grants. MARTA, as a metro Atlanta regional transportation authority and a grant recipient of federal funds, assisted the city in the administration of the awarded funds.
Future lines are planned, including a possible extension into Buckhead, and project developers intend to expand service to additional neighborhoods and other popular destinations around the city.
Formed in 1971 as a bus system, MARTA operates a network of bus routes linked to a rapid transit system consisting of 48 miles of rail track with 38 train stations. It is the eighth largest rapid transit system in the United States by ridership.
The council also approved a resolution authorizing the execution of a three-year agreement with AOT Public Safety Corp. (CryWolf False Alarm Solutions).
As part of the agreement, CryWolf and the city recommend amending the false alarm ordinance to reduce the failure-to-register penalty by 50 percent, resulting in a penalty decrease from $150 to $75 per false alarm activation. CryWolf and the city also recommend reducing the failure-to-renew penalty by 50 percent, resulting in a penalty decrease from $100 to $50 per false alarm activation. The council is also considering eliminating civil penalties for the first two false alarms during the year with the possibility of the Atlanta Police Department waiving a third false alarm. District 8 Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean introduced legislation to adjust the penalties.
In other news, the council:
o Approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to execute an operating agreement between the city, Fulton County and Arena Operations LLC for the renovation of Philips Arena.
o Extended the hours of operation until 2:30 a.m. Oct. 16 only for licensed establishments authorized to sell alcoholic beverages for on premises consumption.
o Authorized the transfer of $4.4 million to fund the construction of the Princeton Lakes Fire Station.
o Approved a resolution requesting the Atlanta BeltLine Inc. provide a defined outline and report to the Neighborhood Planning Units (NPUs) and the city council on all commissioned works of art prior to installation for their annual Art on the BeltLine project.
o Authorized the transfer of C.D. Hubert Elementary School, located at 1043 Memorial Drive SE, to the Atlanta Board of Education by quitclaim deed to facilitate the development of affordable housing.