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Andria Simmons

Andria Simmons is a reporter covering transportation. She started working at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2007 and previously was a reporter for the Gwinnett Daily Post. She is a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in print journalism.

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This Atlanta company will deliver gas to your car

9:17 PM Monday, Sep. 19, 2016

Photo by startyoshi Sometimes convenience stores aren’t so convenient, especially when you in a rush and don’t have time to stop for gas.
Competition heats up for state transit funding
 Bike share programs, bus stop shelters, replacement buses, park and ride lots and electronic passenger information signs. These are just a few of the items that transit agencies around the state are competing to fund with an unprecedented, one-time allotment of $75 million in general obligation bonds that state lawmakers included in last...

10:07 PM Friday, Apr. 08, 2016

Bike share programs, bus stop shelters, replacement buses, park and ride lots and electronic passenger information signs. These are just a few of the items that transit agencies around the state are competing to fund with an unprecedented, one-time allotment of $75 million in general obligation bonds that state lawmakers included in last...
More than 100 Cobb traffic lights go on the blink
 About 20 percent of Cobb County traffic signals malfunctioned for several hours in the middle of the day Wednesday, causing temporary mayhem along some of the county’s busiest thoroughfares. Hundreds of calls from drivers flooded Cobb’s 911 center, and county DOT workers had to scramble to manually reset about 110 malfunctioning...

9:23 PM Wednesday, Apr. 06, 2016

About 20 percent of Cobb County traffic signals malfunctioned for several hours in the middle of the day Wednesday, causing temporary mayhem along some of the county’s busiest thoroughfares. Hundreds of calls from drivers flooded Cobb’s 911 center, and county DOT workers had to scramble to manually reset about 110 malfunctioning...
Fulton leaders hope to avoid repeat transportation sales tax defeat
 The failed regional transportation referendum of 2012 has cast a long shadow over plans to pitch Fulton County voters on a new, more locally focused transportation sales tax in November. The 2012 initiative would have funded $7.2 billion worth of road, rail and bus projects over a decade. But the sheer size of the 10-county metro region made...

4:00 AM Tuesday, Apr. 05, 2016

The failed regional transportation referendum of 2012 has cast a long shadow over plans to pitch Fulton County voters on a new, more locally focused transportation sales tax in November. The 2012 initiative would have funded $7.2 billion worth of road, rail and bus projects over a decade. But the sheer size of the 10-county metro region made...
Road striping problems to be fixed on metro Atlanta interstates
 The manufacturer of pavement marking tape that has peeled up on interstates around metro Atlanta said it will repair damaged areas at no cost to taxpayers and retrain workers to avoid future occurrences. At the same time, Georgia Department of Transportation is embarking on an aggressive plan to spruce up pavement markings as part of a stepped-up...

9:59 PM Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2016

The manufacturer of pavement marking tape that has peeled up on interstates around metro Atlanta said it will repair damaged areas at no cost to taxpayers and retrain workers to avoid future occurrences. At the same time, Georgia Department of Transportation is embarking on an aggressive plan to spruce up pavement markings as part of a stepped-up...
Truck lanes for I-75 a $2 billion gamble
 Picture this. It’s a morning 10 years or so in the future, and you’re driving from Macon to Atlanta on I-75 when traffic slows to a creep. Over to your right, though, two broad lanes of the interstate are mostly empty, open solely to truckers. The big rigs breeze by your traffic jam at 70 mph. This future could come to pass. The...

12:05 AM Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2016

Picture this. It’s a morning 10 years or so in the future, and you’re driving from Macon to Atlanta on I-75 when traffic slows to a creep. Over to your right, though, two broad lanes of the interstate are mostly empty, open solely to truckers. The big rigs breeze by your traffic jam at 70 mph. This future could come to pass. The...
Presidential motorcade could tie up Tuesday traffic
 President Barack Obama will visit downtown Atlanta on Tuesday, likely leading to some traffic tie-ups during the afternoon commute. New details as of Tuesday morning: The president’s schedule has him flying into Hartsfield Jackson International Airport shortly after lunchtime on Tuesday, and heading to the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel...

7:42 PM Monday, Mar. 28, 2016

President Barack Obama will visit downtown Atlanta on Tuesday, likely leading to some traffic tie-ups during the afternoon commute. New details as of Tuesday morning: The president’s schedule has him flying into Hartsfield Jackson International Airport shortly after lunchtime on Tuesday, and heading to the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel...
MARTA expansion bill scores victory in Legislature
 A plan to let the city of Atlanta pursue a $2.5 billion expansion of MARTA scored an improbable victory on the last day of Georgia’s legislative session Thursday, championed by some of the same lawmakers who tried to defeat a similar proposal weeks ago. The MARTA expansion, which is likely to include a long hoped for light rail system...

1:06 AM Friday, Mar. 25, 2016

A plan to let the city of Atlanta pursue a $2.5 billion expansion of MARTA scored an improbable victory on the last day of Georgia’s legislative session Thursday, championed by some of the same lawmakers who tried to defeat a similar proposal weeks ago. The MARTA expansion, which is likely to include a long hoped for light rail system...
Critics say bill threatens historic sites with bulldozers
 Georgia has more than 50,000 documented archaeological sites — and those are just the ones we know about. With 13,000 years of human habitation in this state, traces of past lives are everywhere. And that’s the concern of cultural preservationists who say that legislation pending in the state House could threaten relics like slave...

4:00 AM Sunday, Mar. 20, 2016

Georgia has more than 50,000 documented archaeological sites — and those are just the ones we know about. With 13,000 years of human habitation in this state, traces of past lives are everywhere. And that’s the concern of cultural preservationists who say that legislation pending in the state House could threaten relics like slave...
MARTA pushes new route to expansion
 Days after MARTA’s biggest expansion plan in decades went down in flames, a smaller but still potentially transformative proposal has risen from the ashes. With the last day of the Georgia General Assembly’s session looming March 24, MARTA has embarked on a legislative push to accomplish its $8 billion plan in pieces over several...

4:46 PM Sunday, Mar. 06, 2016

Days after MARTA’s biggest expansion plan in decades went down in flames, a smaller but still potentially transformative proposal has risen from the ashes. With the last day of the Georgia General Assembly’s session looming March 24, MARTA has embarked on a legislative push to accomplish its $8 billion plan in pieces over several...
A legislative end run could revive MARTA bill
 With a little legislative maneuvering, a MARTA expansion bill that appeared dead a few days ago could lurch back to life. The endangered legislation, Senate Bill 330, would have let residents of DeKalb and Fulton counties, who already pay a one-cent sales tax for MARTA, vote to up their contribution by a half-cent. The added revenue would...

11:50 PM Wednesday, Mar. 02, 2016

With a little legislative maneuvering, a MARTA expansion bill that appeared dead a few days ago could lurch back to life. The endangered legislation, Senate Bill 330, would have let residents of DeKalb and Fulton counties, who already pay a one-cent sales tax for MARTA, vote to up their contribution by a half-cent. The added revenue would...