Atlanta Streetcar Laying Tracks, Eying Expansion

An effort that Lanier started nearly 10 years ago reached a major milestone this week. Crews began laying track that will carry Atlanta's first streetcar line in more than 50 years. In today's front-page, above-the-fold story in the AJC, city officials are already talking of plans to extend the line, we hope along Peachtree to connect Downtown, Midtown, and Buckhead. Ideally, that line would have come first, but only the east-west tourism line earned federal stimulus funds to make it possible.

See photos of the track work

The story is drawing the usual complaints about boondoggles and waste, but streetcars have already proven hugely successful in cities across the country such as Portland, Charlotte, and Houston. We aren't exactly blazing a trail here. The streetcar will "complete the trip" by linking transit users with their destinations. It will link the convention district with major tourism spots. It will stimulate economic activity along its path. And above all, it will provide one more transportation option in a city badly in need of more choices.

Posted in Beyond Parking on Mar 06, 2013

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