New regional transit authority holds first meeting

The Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL) Board of Directors held its inaugural meeting before Christmas.

The 16-member board is comprised of six members appointed by state officials with the remaining members elected by local delegations to represent 10 transit districts across a 13-county region. Board members are a mix of local business leaders and elected officials who will take a renewed look at transit planning and funding to improve coordination, integration and efficiency throughout the region.

Under the direction of Chair Charlie Sutlive, who was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal, and in coordination with ATL Interim Executive Director Chris Tomlinson, the Board addressed and unanimously approved the following initial action items:

§  Adoption of Bylaws

§  The ATL Board Communications Protocol

§  Authorization to seek Federal Transit Administration Direct Recipient Status

§  2019 Board Meeting Calendar

§  The ATL Logo and Brand Adoption (pictured above)

Per HB 930, after Jan. 1, 2019, any newly acquired MARTA transit asset worth more than $250,000 must display the ATL brand. The Board will continue to work closely with all regional transit partners to determine how best to incorporate the ATL brand.

The next meeting of the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL) Board of Directors is scheduled for Jan. 24, 2019.

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