History in the making | Today the Atlanta Street Car returned to Atlanta

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This morning, Tuesday December 30th at 10:30 a.m. the  inaugural ride of the Atlanta Streetcar traveled from the vehicle maintenance facility to the Woodruff Park Streetcar stop. The grand opening ceremony began at 11 a.m. in Woodruff Park and was attended by Mayor Kasim Reed and many other influential Atlanta movers and shakers. 

“The Atlanta Streetcar is part of the City’s Connect Atlanta Plan to increase urban mobility, sustainable development and livability of the city of Atlanta.

Phase one has been completed, here is the skinny.

The East-West route serves as Phase One of the Atlanta Streetcar project, connecting the Centennial Olympic Park area to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site.

  • Route: The East-West route features 2.7 running track miles with 12 stops. See the route map
  • Vehicle: A modern electric streetcar made by Siemens.
  • Operation: The system utilizes an overhead power system (single trolley wire) that operates on-street in lanes shared with other traffic.
  • Frequency: Streetcars run approximately every 10 to 15 minutes, depending on ridership demand and traffic conditions.
  • Hours: Service operates 7 days a week; Monday through Thursday from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Fridays from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m., Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m., and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sundays.
  • Fares: The Atlanta Streetcar uses the same Breeze smart-card technology as MARTA bus and rail service. Learn more about fares and how to purchase Breeze cards
  • Ridership: Project designers anticipate 2,600 riders each weekday.
  • Benefits: The Atlanta Streetcar provides a more sustainable and viable alternative to buses with less noise and fewer emissions.
  • Operating Cost: Operational costs will be covered by fare box revenue, advertising, Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID), Atlanta car rental and hotel motel tax, and federal funds.
  • Maintenance: A vehicle maintenance facility is located along the route under the I-75/85 bridge at Auburn and Edgewood Avenues.

Check out the official Atlanta Streetcar website. 

posted: Dec 30, 2014 | No Responses

Posted by:  Krish Dhokia

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