News Briefs: MARTA creates Riders’ Advisory Council; AT&T sells BeltLine property; LGBTQ city report

Rhonda Allen

MARTA has named Rhonda Allen as its first  chief customer experience officer and announced the formation of a Riders’ Advisory Council to ensure customers’ voices are heard regarding operations and capital programs.  The Riders’ Advisory Council will consist of a group of 25 customers from diverse backgrounds who live or work in one of MARTA’s four jurisdictions: City of Atlanta, Clayton, DeKalb, and Fulton Counties. Allen is a 20-year veteran of the transit agency and most recently coordinated MARTA’s plans for last year’s Super Bowl. To learn more about the Riders’ Advisory Council and apply, visit www.itsmarta.com/rac. You can also pick up an application at the customer information booth at Five Points Station or at MARTA Headquarters, located at 2424 Piedmont Rd. NE in Atlanta.

Curbed Atlanta reports that AT&T has sold a former work center property at 195 Chester Avenue to Thrive Realty. The 1.9 acres sits along the Eastside Trail of the Atlanta BeltLine, where Thrive is developing townhomes in Old Fourth Ward and Reynoldstown.

The City of Atlanta has released its first Biennial Report of LGBTQ Affairs, which highlights key policies, programs and initiatives of Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ Administration, specifically aimed at improving the lives of Atlanta’s LGBTQ residents. Highlights of the report include appointing an LGBTQ affairs community liaison and advisory board; expanding access to PrEP; establishing anti-bullying measures at youth facilities; bolstering financial support to social services; and platforms for the expansion of LGBTQ arts, entertainment and culture.

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