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Every night, MARTA’s 318 railcars, each weighing 81,000 pounds, pull in to this gleaming maintenance facility for the mass transit equivalent of a tune-up and a detail. Here, in a facility just west of the Connector near Armour Circle, they’re cleaned and inspected by a crew of 130.
The first time I took the Atlanta Streetcar, on its third day of operation, I waited alone at the Peachtree Center stop across from the Ellis Hotel. It was raining, but the shelter kept me dry. The stop is about two blocks from our downtown office, and I wanted to check out for myself the project that took almost three years and $98 million to build.
After a bill to regulate them died in the state House, private rideshare vehicles have multiplied on Atlanta streets like ants in spilled Coke. We wanted to know: Who’s quickest? So on a Tuesday in June, Atlanta magazine staffers revved up our smartphones at 8 p.m. sharp in a race from Sister Louisa’s Church on Edgewood Avenue to Ormsby’s on the Westside.
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...
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.
A century ago, streetcars were Atlanta’s proverbial lifeblood, connecting Downtown to “suburbs” like Inman Park, Druid Hills, and the West End. Even as cars became common in the 1920s and 1930s, Atlantans continued commuting by trolley, streetcar, and intercity train.