Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL) to Hold Board Meeting via Teleconference

For Immediate Release:

March 25, 2021

Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL) to Hold Board Meeting via Teleconference

Board Meeting Scheduled for April 1, 2021, at 8:30 a.m.

ATLANTA – The Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority announces that it will hold its Board Meeting via teleconference on Thursday, April 1, 2021, at 8:30 a.m.

To view the Board agenda and options to connect remotely, visit https://atltransit.wpengine.com/the-atl- board/.

Pursuant to O.C.G.A. 50-14-1(g), the public will be afforded simultaneous access to the Board meeting via remote options due to the emergency conditions affecting public safety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

About the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority

The ATL was created by the Georgia General Assembly during the 2018 legislation session to provide coordinated transit planning and funding for the metro Atlanta region. The ATL is responsible for developing the ATL Regional Transit Plan, as well as identifying and prioritizing the projects and initiatives required to develop region-wide transit. The ATL is also charged with creating a unified regional transit system brand. The population of metro Atlanta is growing rapidly and projected to add 2.5 million residents by 2040. The ATL is a critical step towards more efficient and effective transit and mobility in the region. For more information on the ATL, visit https://atltransit.wpengine.com/ and

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Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL) Holds Board Member Elections

For Immediate Release:

March 12, 2021

Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL) Holds Board Member Elections

Fulton Chairman Robb Pitts elected to District 3 seat, current Board Members for Districts 1, 5, 7 and 9 re-

elected

ATLANTA – The Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL) held Board Member elections on March 9th and 10th and has officially announced election results for Districts 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9.

District 1

Andy Macke was re-elected to serve a four-year term. Macke is the Vice President External Affairs at Comcast

Cable. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Georgia and master’s degree in Telecommunications Policy from Georgia Institute of Technology.

District 1 includes all of Cherokee County, and parts of Forsyth and Fulton Counties.

District 3

Robb Pitts was elected to serve a four-year term replacing Steve Dickerson who did not seek re-election. Pitts is the

Chairman of Fulton County Board of Commissioners. Robb earned his undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate degrees in education, business, languages and Latin American Studies at Ohio University, La Academia Hispanoamericana, Kent State University and La Universidad Interamericana. He has a master’s degree in business administration from Emory University.

District 3 includes parts of Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett Counties.

District 5

Tom Weyandt was re-elected to serve a four-year term. Weyandt is a former transportation policy and planning

official. He has a bachelor’s degree from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

District 5 includes parts of DeKalb and Fulton Counties.

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District 7

Michael L. Thurmond was re-elected to serve a four-year term. Thurmond is the Chief Executive Officer of

DeKalb County. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Religion from Paine College and a Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina’s School of Law.

District 7 includes parts of DeKalb and Gwinnett Counties, and all of Rockdale County.

District 9

Howard A. Mosby was re-elected to serve a four-year term. Mosby is the Vice President of Faculty Contracts

Administration in Medical Affairs at Grady Health System. He was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2002 and concluded his service as a member of the General Assembly in December 2018.

District 9 includes parts of Clayton, DeKalb and Henry Counties.

“On behalf of the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority Board, I am pleased to welcome Fulton County Commission Chairman Robb Pitts as the newly elected member for District 3”, said ATL Board Chair, Charlie Sutlive. “I look forward to working with Chairman Pitts and our returning re-elected Board members to continue improving transit and mobility options within the metro Atlanta area.”

The ATL is responsible for developing the ATL Regional Transit Plan, as well as identifying and prioritizing the projects and initiatives required to develop region-wide transit in the 13-county metro Atlanta region. Details regarding the ATL Board Election process and election results are summarized below.

ATL Board Election Process

The ATL is governed by a 16-member board — 10 of the 16 members represent 10 different “transit districts” that intentionally cross metro-Atlanta county boundaries. Caucuses comprised of local elected officials and State legislators representing each transit district meet to elect their respective transit district’s board member. Per the ATL’s originating legislation, signed in 2018, individuals elected to serve on the ATL board must be a resident of their district who possesses significant experience or expertise in a field that would be beneficial to the accomplishment of the function and purpose of the organization.

ATL Board elections for Districts 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 will take place in 2023. For more information on the Atlanta-

Region Transit Link Authority, please visit https://atltransit.wpengine.com/.

Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL) to Hold Specially Called Board Meeting via Teleconference

For Immediate Release:

March 4, 2021

Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL) to Hold Specially Called Board Meeting via Teleconference

Specially Called Board Meeting Scheduled for March 11, 2021, at 8:30a.m.

ATLANTA – The Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority announces that it will hold a Specially Called Board Meeting via teleconference on Thursday, March 11, 2021, at 8:30 a.m.

Click here to view the teleconference meeting.

Pursuant to O.C.G.A. 50-14-1(g), the ATL is holding this Board Meeting by teleconference due to the emergency conditions affecting public safety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The public will be afforded simultaneous access to the teleconference meeting by the means described in this notice.

To view the agenda, visit https://atltransit.wpengine.com/

About the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority

The ATL was created by the Georgia General Assembly during the 2018 legislation session to provide coordinated transit planning and funding for the metro Atlanta region. The ATL is responsible for developing the ATL Regional Transit Plan, as well as identifying and prioritizing the projects and initiatives required to develop region-wide transit. The ATL is also charged with creating a unified regional transit system brand. The population of metro Atlanta is growing rapidly and projected to add 2.5 million residents by 2040. The ATL is a critical step towards more efficient and effective transit and mobility in the region. For more information on the ATL, visit https://atltransit.wpengine.com/ and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL) to Hold Committee Meetings Via Teleconference

For Immediate Release:

February 26, 2021

Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL) to Hold Committee Meetings Via Teleconference

Xpress Operations, Administrative, Marketing and Communications, and Regional Transit Planning Committee Meetings Scheduled for March 4, 2021, Beginning at 8:30 a.m.

ATLANTA – The Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority announces that it will hold its Committee Meetings via teleconference on Thursday, March 4, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. The Xpress Operations Committee meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m., and each subsequent committee meeting will begin as the previous meeting ends.

To view the Board agenda and options to connect remotely, visit https://atltransit.wpengine.com/the-atl- board/.

Pursuant to O.C.G.A. 50-14-1(g), the public will be afforded simultaneous access to the Board meeting via remote options due to the emergency conditions affecting public safety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meeting Schedule:

Xpress Operations Committee Administrative Committee

Marketing and Communications Committee

Regional Transit Planning Committee

Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL) to Hold Mayoral Caucuses Leading up to Board Elections for Districts 1,3,5,7,9

For Immediate Release:February 9, 2021

Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL) to Hold Mayoral Caucuses Leading up to Board Elections for Districts 1,3,5,7,9

First Mayoral Caucus for District 9 to be held via teleconference tomorrow on Wednesday, February 10, 2021


ATLANTA – The Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority will hold a Mayoral Caucus to elect the Mayoral Representative for District 9. The Caucus will select a Mayor from amongst their group to represent them in the actual ATL District 9 board member election. Jonesboro Mayor Joy Day was the representative selected for District 9 in 2018.


WHO: Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority

WHEN:  Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Pursuant to O.C.G.A. 50-14-1(g), the ATL is holding the Mayoral Caucus by teleconference due to the emergency conditions affecting public safety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The public will be afforded simultaneous access to the teleconference meeting by the means described in this notice.

Click here to view the teleconference meeting.

WHAT: Transit District 9 Mayoral Caucus-The mayors of 11 cities within District 9 are scheduled to meet Wednesday for one of the first stops necessary to select a board member to the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority. The ATL is responsible for implementing transit projects across 13 metro counties and ensuring plans connect efficiently across jurisdictions. Each of the odd numbered transit districts are expected to hold meetings this month to select their mayoral representative onto a caucus of elected officials who will select their respective board members. District 9 includes parts of Clayton, DeKalb and Henry Counties. Municipalities included are Atlanta, Decatur, Forest Park, Jonesboro, Lake City, Locust Grove, McDonough, Morrow, Riverdale, Stockbridge and Stonecrest.


MAYORAL CAUCUS SCHEDULE:

Wed. 2/10, 4:30 p.m. – District 9 Mayoral Caucus

Mon. 2/15, 5:00 p.m. – District 1 Mayoral Caucus

Tues. 2/16, 8:30 a.m. – District 5 Mayoral Caucus

Tues. 2/16, 9:00 a.m. – District 7 Mayoral Caucus

Fri. 2/19, 2:00 p.m. – District 3 Mayoral Caucus


About the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority

The ATL was created by the Georgia General Assembly during the 2018 legislation session to provide coordinated transit planning and funding for the metro Atlanta region. The ATL is responsible for developing the ATL Regional Transit Plan, as well as identifying and prioritizing the projects and initiatives required to develop region-wide transit. The ATL is also charged with creating a unified regional transit system brand. The population of metro Atlanta is growing rapidly and projected to add 2.5 million residents by 2040. The ATL is a critical step towards more efficient and effective transit and mobility in the region. For more information on the ATL,

visit https://atltransit.wpengine.com/ and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Face Coverings Mandatory for Xpress Commuters Beginning February 2, 2021

For Immediate Release: February 1, 2021 

Face Coverings Mandatory for Xpress Commuters Beginning February 2, 2021

Mandate Follows CDC’s Order Requiring Face Masks on Public Transportation and at Transportation Hubs

ATLANTA – The Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority announces that face coverings will be mandatory for Xpress commuters beginning Tuesday, February 2, 2021.

The mandate follows the recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) order, issued on January 29, 2021, requiring the public to wear masks while on airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis and ride-shares.  The mask requirement also applies to travelers in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and seaports; train, bus and subway stations and any other areas that provide transportation.  On January 31, 2021, the Transportation Security Administration issued a Security Directive to enforce the requirements of the CDC Order.

Effective February 2, Xpress Transit Services will mandate masks for all customers riding Xpress, awaiting or disembarking their coaches and at their Park and Ride lots and bus stops.  Messaging on the mask mandate, telling customers, “Mask Up to Board Up” will be posted at Xpress facilities (retail centers, stops, park and ride lots) and on Xpress communication platforms (website, bus onboarding videos, social media, SMS text messaging services and e-newsletters).  Customers will be required to wear a face covering that covers both the nose and mouth areas and adhere to social distancing requirements.  Xpress coach operators have been required to wear face coverings since safety measures were implemented at the beginning of the pandemic and will continue to do so.

Xpress services are committed to doing its part in slowing the spread of the coronavirus while continuing to provide critical services to customers that rely on public transit.  Previous and ongoing safety measures implemented by the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL) include an enhanced cleaning regimen for Xpress with a combination of daily activities and sequenced deep cleanings.  Xpress dispatch facilities are conducting daily cleanings of equipment, high touch areas and or high foot traffic areas using products promoted to eliminate 99.9 % of germs, daily trash disposal and daily inspections of the buses. Xpress is also conducting anti-viral deep cleanings at a rate of 10-15 buses per day with cleaning complete for the majority of the fleet by the end of each week. Bus operators are being provided hand sanitizer, germicidal wipes, and spray to be used in driver and dispatch areas.

The ATL is also encouraging Xpress commuters to practice these preventive habits including:

  • Carry an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol content) and use it after you leave the bus if you don’t have access to water or soap right away.
  • Clean your phone screen with an antibacterial wipe and wash your hands with soap and water after touching your phone.
  • Don’t touch your face, whether you’re on or off Xpress. The CDC recommends avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, specifically.
  • If you’re on a crowded bus and can’t physically step away, face your back towards the person coughing.
  • Limit contact with high touch areas. If you decide to use a napkin or tissue to touch high touch areas, discard the tissue in an enclosed trash bin afterward.
  • Sanitize your purse, bag or briefcase and keep it off the floor and other surfaces. This includes the bottom of the bag, especially if it sits on the floor any time during your travels.

Information about the mask mandate and other safety practices will be available at www.XpressGA.com.  Customer service representatives will be available Monday – Friday from 5:30 A.M. – 8:30 P.M. at 844-XPRSSGA (977-7742) and riders may also sign up for alerts by texting XPRESS to 888777 for additional information.

About the Xpress Transit System

The Xpress regional commuter transit system is operated by the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL). The ATL was created by the Georgia General Assembly during the 2018 legislative session to provide coordinated transit planning and funding for the metro Atlanta region. The ATL is responsible for developing the ATL Regional Transit Plan, as well as identifying and prioritizing the projects and initiatives required to develop region-wide transit. The ATL is also charged with creating a unified regional transit system brand. Effective July 1, 2020, the ATL was legislatively authorized to oversee the state’s Xpress regional commuter transit system and the Atlanta region’s vanpool system. The population of metro Atlanta is growing rapidly and projected to add an additional 2.5 million residents by 2040. The ATL is a critical step towards more efficient and effective transit and mobility in the region. For more information on Xpress and the ATL, visit https://atltransit.wpengine.com/ and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL) to Hold Board Meeting via Teleconference

For Immediate Release:

January 28, 2021

Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL) to Hold Board Meeting via Teleconference

Board Meeting Scheduled for February 4, 2021, Beginning at 8:30a.m.

ATLANTA – The Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority announces that it will hold its Board Meeting via teleconference on Thursday, February 4, 2021, at 8:30 a.m.

Click here to view the teleconference meeting.

Pursuant to O.C.G.A. 50-14-1(g), the ATL is holding this Board Meeting by teleconference due to the emergency conditions affecting public safety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The public will be afforded simultaneous access to the teleconference meeting by the means described in this notice.

To view the agenda, visit https://atltransit.wpengine.com/

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