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No, you can’t ride the Atlanta Streetcar. But you can look at these sneak peek photos.

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...

Six lessons Atlanta can learn from New York’s bikeshare woes

Last month the Wall Street Journal reported that Citi Bike, New York City’s fledgling bikeshare program, faced a mounting debt in the tens of millions with no clear lifeline. The news was disconcerting to Atlanta biking advocates. Atlanta is slated to launch its own bikeshare program in 2015, and like New York’s, it will be entirely self-funded. Most other cities partially subsidize their bike rental programs with local or federal dollars.

Modal Citizen: Jonathan Weidman, streetcar ambassador

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.

Launching Forward Atlanta (again)

Why mess, as they say, with success? That’s the apparent philosophy of civic boosters, who will reincarnate the Forward Atlanta marketing campaign the Chamber of Commerce first debuted in the 1920s.

A legal roadblock for ARC-helmed regional transit governance?

One possible solution to Atlanta's lack of regional transit governance may have become less viable after a legal review found that the Atlanta Regional Commission may not own transportation capital assets.

MARTA audit caveat: Low wages counterbalance costly benefits

On Monday, MARTA released an independent audit that cited employee benefits as one major drain on the cash-strapped transit authority. On Tuesday, this appeared on the front page of the AJC print edition:

As the Eastside Trail opening nears, BeltLine security squad still is “more of a concept.”

Though it doesn’t technically open until October 15, and sizable chunks of it are still under construction, the Atlanta Beltline’s Eastside Trail is already populated with business-attired bicyclists, joggers, skaters, and entire convoys of families. Police and Beltline officials stress that people who use the trail now do so at their own risk.

Art on the Atlanta BeltLine gets ready to light the night

Last weekend was packed with institutional Atlanta events such as DragonCon and the Decatur Book Festival, but this weekend marks the third anniversary of a younger civic tradition: Art on the Atlanta BeltLine, a three-month-long exhibition that brings visual and performance art to the BeltLine's twenty-two miles of trails, parks, and rail lines.

MARTA is the engine for Atlanta’s epic Labor Day weekend

One reason I love working Downtown is that the streets on any average weekday have an almost Manhattan-like energy. But when big events blow through town, as they often do, pedestrians flood the crosswalks and drivers start blaring horns, and it really feels like the Big City.

Handy site: It’s Near MARTA

MARTA train riders, check it out: A Georgia Tech prof has created a simple webpage that shows all businesses within a half-mile of MARTA stations that have at least four stars on Yelp. Itsnearmarta.com is pretty helpful if you're traveling by transit and looking for a bite to eat or a nearby tattoo parlor. (But watch out for Yelp mapping errors; a quick inquiry into how the heck the Popeyes in Vine City nabbed four stars showed a mixup with the airport location. You know how out-of-towners love their authentic Southern cuisine.)

Of course, we've blogged before about how even short walks from MARTA can be unpleasant and unsafe. But such is not the case with all MARTA stops, and we dig any effort to get people exploring the city on foot.

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