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MARTA’s Latest Proposal Could Help Two of Its Most Congested Stations

Your AM Rundown: Plus, our Black Maternal Health Week event is going down this afternoon.

Commuters boarding the train at Five Points Station.
Commuters board the train at a MARTA station. (Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

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Here is 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 pushing forward with its massive 2040 expansion program.  The next phase includes potentially adding a light rail line to its proposed Clifton Corridor. The project would connect Lindbergh and Avondale stations to serve an area that covers Emory University and Hospital, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Children’s Healthcare Hospital, and the Veterans Administration Hospital. The project could  begin in 2031.
  • Students at Druid Hills High School in DeKalb County are exposing an ugly reality to what they see as neglect. An 8-minute video — shot by students — showcases a deteriorating campus that the DeKalb County School District declined to modernize. The school district previously voted in favor of removing the school from a proposed list of repair projects, but after the video’s release said it will vote to revisit this issue.
  • The City of South Fulton is exploring a tax increase for its residents to reintroduce emergency and hospitalization needs. The news comes after Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center South in East Point announced that it’s set to close the emergency department, citing an overall decrease in hospitalizations at the facility. South Fulton officials say that the tax increase will be used to pay Grady Health System to continue a scaled-down version of current operations at AMC South.
  • Atlanta rapper and actor, Ludacris, is about to receive an honorary degree. Georgia State University — where the entertainer studied undergrad before leaving to pursue music full-time — says that it will award the entertainer with an honorary bachelor’s degree at the May 4 graduation ceremony. 

ICYMI:  Today is the day! Join us at 1 p.m. ET for our Black Maternal Health Week event, The State of Black Maternal Health. Registration is open.

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