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MARTA is Scheduled to Get Six New Electric Buses

Your AM Rundown: Plus, former Mayor Sam Massell has died

MARTA transit station
A MARTA transit station is seen in Atlanta in this 2013 photo. (Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)

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Here’s Your AM Rundown, with news updates in 400 words or less. Get caught up on headlines and other developments you might’ve missed. Here’s what to know for today:

  • MARTA is set to replace six older buses with six new electric buses thanks to a funding push from U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff. “The future of MARTA’s bus fleet is electric, which will help combat climate change & reduce public health impacts,” the public transit authority tweeted. “We thank @SenOssoff for his leadership in requesting & securing $3.8M to support MARTA’s second purchase of electric buses.” The tweet included a graphic of Ossoff dressed as a superhero.
  • Former Mayor Sam Massell died on Sunday. He was 94. Massell served as Atlanta’s mayor from 1970-1974 and was known for his work with the Buckhead Coalition, which gained him the nickname “Mayor of Buckhead.” A tweet from Atlanta’s City Council credited Massell for making “MARTA what it is today and [improving] our transit system to attract jobs, investment and generate economic development.”  
  • Atlanta City Council will have committee meetings in person again for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic starting this week. The committee meetings, which are set to resume standard in-person public comments, are scheduled for March 14-16.
  • Tomorrow, March 15, marks Crossover Day in the Georgia legislative session. A bill must pass in at least one chamber (House or Senate) by this date in order to be considered by the other.

ICYMI: Former Mayor and civil rights leader Andrew Young celebrated his 90th birthday this weekend. Local and national leaders including Gov. Brian Kemp, Bernice King, U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath and the Rev. Al Sharpton took to social media to celebrate the milestone birthday. 

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