The long-delayed project will begin on-road testing this month.
The Atlanta Streetcar is delayed—again. While it looked like the $100 million project might be up and rolling in late summer, the new target date is November. After ballooning budget issues and multiple delays setting the schedule back over a year, the on-road testing on the cars is scheduled to start within the next few […]Read more
Delays continue to push back the completion date, but here’s what you’ll find when wheels start turning
The $100 million project—funded by federal grants, the city, and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District—seems close to completion. Track is installed, the stops are in place, and the cars wait in their shed. What to expect when you finally board.Read more
Check out the route during this weekend’s Run the Rails event.
If everything had gone according to schedule, we’d all have been riding the Atlanta Streetcar for months now. While the start date for the light rail system is still uncertain, the track, stops, and other infrastructural elements are in place. To promote the (eventual) launch of the system, the City of Atlanta and Central Atlanta Progress are hosting a 5K race along the route this Saturday. The race is sponsored by Siemens, the manufacturer of the streetcars that will (eventually) glide through downtown Atlanta.Read more
The streetcar’s not done yet, but the temporary shops along its route will open for business.
The much-anticipated, long-delayed Atlanta Streetcar won’t be cranking to life until August—at the earliest. But fourteen pop-up shops along the route are launching into gear tomorrow.Read more
And more updates from the busy transit agency
Good news, MARTA riders: Much-needed service increases will roll out over the next three days. Starting Saturday, May 17, approximately 17 bus routes will run more frequently; see a detailed list of changes here. Beginning Monday, May 19, peak-hour wait times for trains—between 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays—will be reduced to five minutes on the “trunk” (before the lines split) and 10 minutes on the “branches.” From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays, you’re looking at a six-minute wait on the trunk and 12 minutes on the branches.Read more
Good news: a construction milestone was achieved today. Bad news: it’s still unclear when the cars will start to run. Fun news: there’s a pop-up shop preview party on Saturday!
Sure, the project is over budget and behind schedule and the exact details of who’s going to run it remain in limbo, but today the Atlanta Streetcar project reached a construction milestone as the last track concrete was poured—at the intersection of Peachtree Street and Sweet Auburn.Read more
Chatting with a champion of transit, mobility, connectivity, and good urbanism
The Atlanta Streetcar has always been a tough sell on paper—even before construction challenges delayed its projected opening a year, to spring 2014. Just 1.3 miles end to end, the route passes through blighted city blocks and is book-ended by the tourist hubs of Centennial Olympic Park and the King district, leading skeptics to wonder how ordinary Atlantans will benefit.Read more
SkyView Atlanta delayed by storms, utility work
If you were hoping for a Ferris wheel and fireworks combo, you’re out of luck: SkyView Atlanta won’t open in time for Fourth of July.Read more
Seven ways you could spend $100 million instead of paying a quarterback.
The AJC reports that Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan will join the NFL’s $100 million club when his contract is renewed in the next few days. Naturally, we wondered, what else could Arthur Blank pick up for that much cash.Read more
The first ‘Streetcar Social’ takes place Thursday, April 11
As we’ve observed, while the Atlanta Streetcar offers huge future potential for shops and restaurants in the Edgewood/Auburn Ave. corridor, at the present, it’s creating, if not nightmares, certainly a less-than-dreamy business environment.Read more