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Alison Guillory / WABE

One of Georgia’s most notorious air monitoring stations is on top of Fire Station Number 8 in northwest Atlanta. It's notorious because it consistently ranks among the worst in the state in levels of air pollution.    

“Those in EPD who are familiar with air quality issues are very familiar with this monitor,” said Rich McDonald, with the Environmental Protection Division.

Commentary: 'Eco' Locomotives Are Good For Georgia

Sep 18, 2015
Norfolk Southern's "Eco" Locomotives
Norfolk Southern Corporation, nscorp.com

Norfolk Southern unveiled its new "Eco" locomotive on Sept. 1 at Atlanta's Inman Yard.

The new locomotive is up to 25 percent more efficient than the train engines currently rolling on our rails, making them even more environment-friendly. 

It's a no-brainer.

The more freight that travels on railroads rather than trucks and highways, the better off we will be.

MARTA Commuter Rail Possible For Clayton County

Jul 29, 2015
MARTA North Avenue station in Atlanta
Scott Ehardt / Wikipedia

MARTA buses have been rolling in Clayton County since March, but what the county really wants is commuter rail.

The good news is that MARTA is working on it.

MARTA CEO Keith Parker addresses the commission before the vote.
Jonathan Shapiro/WABE

Clayton County's path to join MARTA just got a bit trickier.

The Clayton Commission Tuesday night approved the prospect of MARTA bus service in the county, but not commuter rail.

MARTA had backed a plan for both bus and rail. Now, the transit agency says it will likely back out of the deal entirely.

The commission was mulling whether a November ballot measure would ask voters to raise the county sales tax by a full penny or half penny.

Clayton Holds Final Public Meeting Before MARTA Vote

Jun 23, 2014

The Clayton County Commission Monday hashed out more details related to the county possibly joining MARTA. It was the last public meeting scheduled before the commission votes on the issue next week.

Commissioners are still debating whether to ask voters to raise the county sales tax by a full penny or half penny. A full penny generates an estimated $46 million annually and buys rail and bus service. A half penny buys just bus service.