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Want to Join MARTA’s Riders’ Advisory Council? Read This.

Your AM Rundown: Plus, a new development is in the works for Vine City, and Dickens announces a plan to relocate Forest Cove residents

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MARTA is accepting applications for its Riders' Advisory Council. (Alex Tai/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Top of the morning! Welcome to Your AM Rundown, where you’ll get updates on local news to start the day. In 400 words or less, we will bring you up to speed on top stories and other developments you might’ve missed. Here’s what to know for today:

  • MARTA announced this week that it’s looking for residents to serve on the Riders’ Advisory Council. The all-volunteer group provides feedback on improving the overall transit experience for customers. Following a two-year term, the inaugural council members are stepping down in May. In a statement, MARTA’s Chief Customer Experience Officer Rhonda Allen said she wants to “encourage transit advocates and critics to apply so together we can ensure customer input is part of the decision-making process.”

The 25-person council is composed of residents from MARTA’s four service jurisdictions: the City of Atlanta, Clayton, DeKalb and Fulton counties. To apply for the RAC, click here.

  • For residents of Forest Cove apartments in southeast Atlanta fighting to keep their homes, there may be an end in sight. Mayor Andre Dickens visited residents and promised to submit a relocation plan by the end of this week.
  • Should Atlanta’s new nickname be “The Bottleneck City?” A new report from the American Transportation Research Institute breaks down the Top 100 truck bottlenecks in the country. Atlanta has two spots (I-285 at I-85 north, and I-285 at I-20 west) in the top five. Overall, the city and metro area took eight slots on the list.
  • Developers have plans for a property in Vine City that’s been vacant for 15 years. The home from the 1930s has an office addition behind it, and SAC Welch Holdings is seeking grant help from Invest Atlanta to turn the structure on Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard into affordable workspaces, martial arts studio and nonprofit space.

ICYMI: Georgia’s championship ties didn’t end with the Super Bowl. Douglasville’s Elana Myers Taylor took home the silver medal at the women’s Olympic monobob event over the weekend. Taylor battled COVID-19 on her way to glory, but wasn’t fazed on the quest for a fourth medal. To top it off, she melted hearts on Twitter after posting this video.

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