News Briefs: Bottoms pledges unity; new MARTA buses; faster Kroger checkout

Bottoms speaks at Buckhead Coalition annual meeting.

New Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms promised to unite the city and not neglect Buckhead, at the Buckhead Coalition’s annual meeting on Jan. 31. “I am committed to making sure that we continue to work together to make sure that our entire city is as strong as it can possibly be,” she said. “It’s so incredibly important that we remember we really are one Atlanta,” she said at the event, which had theme of “Atlanta Together.” She also said that, while she welcomes Amazon or other big businesses coming to Atlanta, it will not be at the expense of existing companies. “While we pursue outside opportunities, it’s extremely important that we not forget those who have stuck with us,” she said. Read the full story at Reporter Newspapers.

MARTA plans to replace 25 percent of its bus and paratransit fleet over the next six years. MARTA will introduce 387 buses and 211 Mobility vans from now until 2024. The new buses feature Wi-Fi, high definition security cameras, high capacity heating and air conditioning, including heated entry and exit floors to prevent icing, and mobile ticketing. The new Mobility vans have three wheelchair positions, non-slip flooring, and ambulatory seats with three-point seatbelts. The new vehicles roll out in March. They were paid for with the local sales tax collected in Fulton, DeKalb, and Clayton Counties, and the City of Atlanta.

Kroger will introduce its new Scan, Bag, Go shopping technology at stores in Atlanta this year. The technology will allow customers to use a wireless handheld scanner or the Scan, Bag, Go app on their personal device to scan and bag products as they shop for a quicker, seamless checkout experience. The tech will also allow shoppers to view and download digital coupons, keep a running total of their order, and view the current week’s sales ad.

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