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Briscoe Field will not go private

Briscoe Field will not go private

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- The Gwinnett County Commission has unanimously voted against privatizing Briscoe Field.

Proponents of privatization had wanted the commission to postpone Tuesday's vote since they were short on support. Former Commissioner Shirley Lasseter, a big backer, stepped down last week after pleading guilty in federal court to accepting bribes.

Opponents of privatization didn't want any delays. They had long expressed concerns over more noise at the airport if regularly-scheduled jet passenger service began.

Turns out Lasseter's vote wouldn't have mattered since all the commissioners voted against privatization.


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."

Traffic impacted this Sunday due to Atlanta Marathon

Traffic impacted this Sunday due to Atlanta Marathon


Expect road closures on Sunday as runners discover Atlanta one mile at a time at the Atlanta Marathon and Marathon Relay on Sunday, October 30, 2011. The 26.2 mile urban course starts and finishes at Atlantic Station taking participants on a tour of Atlanta past well-known Atlanta sites and neighborhoods such as Georgia Tech, Centennial Olympic Park, Georgia Aquarium, Turner Field, Grant Park, Oakland Cemetery, Martin Luther King Center, Piedmont Park, Buckhead and the famous Peachtree Road.

Below are some important resources for spectators and residents / businesses located along the course.

Man charged in multi-car accident

Man charged in multi-car accident

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Marietta Police have secured an arrest warrant for a Norcross man who was seriously injured after striking multiple cars Monday afternoon.

Garrett Hamlin, 24, was driving down South Marietta Parkway between Powers Ferry Road and Lower Roswell Road at around noon when he hit a black Ford F-150, police said.

Rather than stop at the scene, Hamlin drove away in his white Ford F-150. Investigators said he then hit a blue Dodge Caravan and a gold Mitsubishi Galant before running off the road and into a tree.

Hamlin was extracted from his car and taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital. He was released Tuesday afternoon; police have since charged him with hit and run, failure to maintain lane, driving too fast and driving on a suspended license.

The case remains under investigation. No other injuries were reported.

Anyone with information in this accident is asked to call Stephen Miller with the Marietta Police Department at 770-794-5356.

NORCROSS: I-85 project to worsen traffic congestion, report says

NORCROSS: I-85 project to worsen traffic congestion, report says

ATLANTA (AP) - A review of records shows that a project to add toll lanes to Interstate 85 in metro Atlanta will make traffic congestion worse for drivers in the regular lanes.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the $60 million project is expected to increase traffic in the regular lanes in order to keep the toll lanes flowing.

The new toll lanes are expected to open next week on parts of I-85 through Gwinnett and DeKalb counties northeast of Atlanta.

A state traffic and revenue study says the regular lanes are expected to gain up to 90 new vehicles per lane, per hour during rush hour.

State Road and Tollway Authority Director Gena Evans said the toll project will give drivers another option if they're willing to pay the tolls.

Gwinnett leaders to meet with airport consultants

Gwinnett leaders to meet with airport consultants

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Gwinnett County commissioners will soon meet publicly with consultants to consider future plans for an airport in Lawrenceville, an issue which has been controversial in recent months.

Commissioners are scheduled to meet Tuesday with IMG, a firm chosen because of its expertise in airport operations to help guide the privatization considerations.

Officials have said that privatization could mean keeping Lawrenceville's Briscoe Field a general aviation airport full of flight schools and small aircraft, or it could open the airport to commercial jets.

Some residents oppose the idea of turning the site into a commercial airport and have expressed concerns about increased traffic and other issues.

Toll lanes less than a month away

Toll lanes less than a month away

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- It won't be long before Gwinnett and DeKalb County drivers will have a choice: to putter in rush hour traffic, or pay for a faster commute.

We now know when the express lanes are going to open up on I-85, between Chamblee Tucker Road and Peachtree Road. Depending on construction and weather, the state will begin charging tolls on Sept. 24 or Oct. 1.

To use that 15 mile stretch of roadway, most drivers will need a Peach Pass. 

"We want to give people the earliest time that it could open so that they can register and go ahead and get a Peach Pass," said State Road and Tollway spokesperson Malika Wilkins.

That means you may have less than a month to get your Peach Pass so the SRTA can figure out how much to charge you for using the lanes. They think everyone should get one.