Politics & Government

Macon transportation rally details finalized

More details and schedule adjustments have emerged about Thursday’s “Stand Up 4 Transportation” day.

Rides on Macon Transit Authority buses will be free all day, but other activities will be available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at MTA’s headquarters at Terminal Station, 200 Cherry St.

A news conference, originally scheduled for Middle Georgia Regional Airport, will instead be at Terminal Station at 10 a.m., said Toni Elliott, MTA executive assistant.

Staff from the Medical Center, Navicent Health, will offer cholesterol and glucose checks, body fat measurement and information from the Center for Joint Care and the Breast Center. Piedmont Orthopaedic Complex and Kinetix Health Club also will be represented.

There will be an “aging and disability resource connection,” Elliott said; and Comics Plus will have superheroes at the event.

“Stand Up 4 Transportation” is a nationwide event urging congressional extension of a program called MAP 21 that funds transportation infrastructure and public transit. MTA General Manager Rick Jones says if MAP 21 is allowed to expire May 31, it would cost MTA nearly half its $5.5 million annual net operating budget.