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Where to report icy road conditions in your neighborhood

Where to report icy road conditions in your neighborhood

(WXIA) -- With threats of inclement weather looming, icy road conditions are apt to develop overnight. 

Counties surrounding metro Atlanta are preparing to treat roads before winter weather strikes. The 11Alive Help Desk has complied county contacts for you to report icy conditions in your neighborhood too.

Resource Page: Reporting Icy Road Conditions

If you come upon winter weather while in your vehicle, Safe Motorist recommends that you stay alert, slow down and stay in control.

Express lane toll hits $6.05 high

Express lane toll hits $6.05 high

ATLANTA -- The cost to use interstate tolls in metro Atlanta has soared in recent weeks and hit a new record this week.

The Gwinnett Daily Post reports that motorists paid a record $6.05 to use the lanes Tuesday morning.

Rates for the so-called HOT lanes on Interstate 85 northeast of Atlanta have steadily increased in the past year, from $4.70 in February to $5 in April.

Gena L. Evans, executive director of the State Road and Tollway Authority, said the price hit $6 at times last week and on Monday before setting Tuesday's record.

SRTA officials have say they've issued nearly 200,000 Peach Passes.

The I-85 toll lanes span about 16 miles from near Chamblee Tucker Road, just south of I-285, to Old Peachtree Road in Gwinnett and DeKalb counties.

MARTA holds special hours for Fourth of July

MARTA holds special hours for Fourth of July

ATLANTA -- Riders can get downtown quick and easy this Fourth of July holiday with MARTA.

The service will run on a weekday schedule with special availability for events. Service will be available from 4:45 a.m. to 1 a.m. to accommodate the Peachtree Road Race, Braves game, and fireworks displays around town.

Customers are advised to purchase roundtrip tickets ahead of time to avoid crowds at stations. Tickets are $2.50 one way, plus a $1 charge for a permanent Breeze card. Parking for less than 24 hours is free at all of MARTA's daily parking facilities. Some designated MARTA lots charge a fee.

MARTA will operate a Sunday bus schedule on Wednesday, July 4th. Please visit www.itsmarta.com or call 404-848-5000 for more information.

'Wireside Chats' to address TSPLOST questions

'Wireside Chats' to address TSPLOST questions

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Regional Commission has planned four more Wireside Chats to inform residents about the proposed TSPLOST sales tax and the projects it would fund.

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These town hall-style telephone meetings are coming up later this week, so mark your calendars.

Wednesday, June 13
Cherokee County, 6:15 p.m.
DeKalb County, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 14
South Fulton County, 6:15 p.m.
Clayton County, 7:30 p.m.

Biking to Better Safety

Biking to Better Safety

May is National Bike Month, a celebration of cyclists and the pastime they enjoy. Whether you ride a bicycle to work or school, or for exercise, National Bike Month is a great reminder of how to stay safe while biking on the road.

According to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, in Georgia, as in most states, the bicycle is legally a vehicle, meaning that general traffic laws apply to cyclists. And because bikes share the road with cars and trucks, accidents can happen.

Sean Sue, M.D., an Emergency Medicine physician at  Piedmont Hospital, says the most important safety tip for a cyclist is to always wear a helmet. “Head injuries account for two thirds of all bicycle-related deaths,” he says. “Helmets reduce the risk of head injury by more than 85 percent.”

Woman fights to dump double fares for paratransit passengers

ATLANTA -- Harriet Bradley, caregiver for 92-year-old Mildred Mallory says enough is enough on paying double fares when traveling Gwinnett Paratransit, then switching to MARTA Mobility.

She says it an outrage that Mallory and others like her have to pay a full fare on one carrier then are forced to pay another full fare on a second carrier. Regular passengers traveling both systems pay only one fare for a fraction of the cost.

Bradley first took her fight first to the MARTA board, then to its chief executive. Now she's gone to the next level, meeting with the executive director of the Atlanta Regional Commission.

She says she wants one fare to use both services.

"Today it was $14.50 roundtrip. When the fare goes up in Gwinnett it's going to be $15.50," Bradley said. "There are about eight people that use the system every day to come into Atlanta -- that's $146! Can you imagine $146? That is more than gas."

MARTA announces holiday schedule changes

MARTA announces holiday schedule changes

ATLANTA -- Before you hop on MARTA bus or rail this holiday weekend, you should be aware of their special schedule through Monday.

Saturday, Dec. 24
MARTA will operate on a regular Saturday schedule. Buses will run from 5 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., while trains will run every 20 minutes on all lines from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m.

The Five Points RideStore will be open regular hours (7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.), while the Airport RideStore will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 25
MARTA will operate on a regular Sunday schedule Christmas Day. Bus service will run from 5 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. and trains will operate every 20 minutes from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Both RideStore locations will be closed on Sunday.