News Briefs: Street renaming battle; MARTA for the 4th; busy airport

Courtesy ADNA
Courtesy ADNA

The Atlanta Downtown Neighborhood Association is raising money online to file a lawsuit against the Atlanta City Council over the renaming of Downtown’s streets. According to Creative Loafing, the last straw for the organization was renaming part of Spring Street for media mogul Ted Turner. The organization claims on its FundRazr page that the city council disregarded its own laws on the renaming of public streets. The organization has already surpassed its $5,000 goal.

Those taking part in 4th of July celebrations are being encouraged to ride MARTA to events like the Peachtree Road Race and fireworks displays at Lenox Square and Centennial Olympic Park – places where parking will be scarce to nonexistent. MARTA rail service will operate from 4:45 a.m. on Saturday to 1 a.m. on Sunday. Trains will run on a 12-minute service schedule on all lines. There will be six-minute headways between the Lindbergh Center and Airport stations. Additional service will be added throughout the day, as needed. North Springs and Doraville trains will continue to the Airport until the end of service. Additional MARTA staff and police will be deployed throughout the system to assist customers. Due to the large crowds that are expected, customers are advised to purchase a round-trip fare at the beginning of their trip to avoid long lines on the return. Visit itsmarta.com for more information.

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is preparing for one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, with a projected 327,000 passengers over the long 4th of July holiday. That’s a 14 percent increase over last year’s numbers, according to a media release from the airport. Travelers are reminded to arrive two hours early for domestic flights, two-and-a-half for international. Volunteers will be giving out treats and musical performances will be taking place throughout the weekend as part of the airport’s Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Flying campaign to thank travelers for using H-J.

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