Atlanta Streetcar’s First Test Under Power Takes Place October 1

Posted by admin | News, Transportation | Tuesday, September 30, 2014 3:58 pm

First test will be at slow speed to allow simultaneous tests of other vehicle systems

On Wednesday, October 1, Atlanta Streetcar 1001 will make its first trip around the system’s 2.7 mile route under its own power. The electric streetcars are powered by an overhead wire carrying 750 volts DC. All four Atlanta Streetcars must undergo and pass specification, performance, and safety tests to be ready for passenger service later in 2014.

The test of Streetcar 1001 will take place overnight, beginning at approximately 11 p.m. and going until the early morning hours of Thursday, October 2. The streetcar will travel slowly – at approximately 5 m.p.h. – along the route, and will stop at each of the 12 stops to ensure the vehicle’s self-leveling mechanism is performing as designed. For safety and to allow streetcar personnel to work efficiently, spectators are asked to remain on the sidewalks and not to come up onto the streetcar stops during testing. The Atlanta Police Department will escort the vehicle along the route.

The test will start along Auburn Avenue at Fort Street, through Woodruff Park, north on Peachtree Street, west on Ellis Street to Carnegie Way and Andrew Young International Boulevard. The vehicle will then turn south on to Centennial Olympic Park Drive, head east on Luckie Street, south on Park Place, east along Edgewood Avenue, north on Jackson Street, and complete the loop on Auburn Avenue.

Motorists are advised that rolling closures will take place along the streetcar route and traffic may be delayed; they are advised to take alternate routes while the testing is taking place.

Drivers are also reminded that vehicles along the streetcar route need to be parked fully within the white lines of the parking spaces, and that double-parking is not allowed. Illegally parked vehicles along the route will be ticketed and/or towed.

The Atlanta Streetcar is a collaborative effort among Atlanta’s political, business and transit communities to bring to fruition critical infrastructure that will connect the metro area and the greater region. Partnership and innovation, key qualifiers for the federal government’s TIGER II Discretionary Grant program, are exhibited by this joint effort involving the City of Atlanta, the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, and MARTA.

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Sharon Gavin
Communications Director
The Atlanta Streetcar | 55 Trinity Avenue, SW, Suite 4900| Atlanta, Georgia 30303
sagavin@atlantaga.gov | Phone: 404.330.6759 | Cell: 404.640.3500

ATL 311 beta

Posted by admin | News | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 8:47 am

Dear Citizens,

As you may have heard, the City of Atlanta has launched the operational testing phase of its 311 service and we need citizens to give it a try and report back to me regarding how well you think the customer service rep handled the call and if your question was answered to your satisfaction.

If you would note in your email to me the time and date of your call, your question, whether the answer you received was thorough and accurate, and about how long you were on the line, I would be most grateful. My email address is sramage@atlantaga.gov.

311 is a way to give citizens answers about any city service quickly and efficiently. You may ask a question about your water bill, flooding, parking, court fines, parks, traffic, code enforcement, street lights, garbage pick up, business licenses, permits–basically anything–or make a service request. You may be transferred to the city agency best able to help you.

Due to technical issues that the city expects to have resolved in a couple of months, it is not possible to merely dial “311” just yet, however, if you need a question answered, you may dial 404-546-0311 or you can program it into your cell phone as “311.”

The website is also operational, and I really would appreciate as many citizens as possible giving it a try. Any complaints about it, from navigation to usefulness of content, etc. are welcome!

Click here:
http://www.atl311.com/

Please let me know what you think of the system in honest, straightforward terms. It’s important that it provide accurate information in an efficient manner.

Stephanie Ramage
Citizens Advocate
City of Atlanta
sramage@atlantaga.gov
404-852-5657

Spring Street Viaduct Replacement

Posted by admin | Transportation | Friday, June 27, 2014 11:21 am

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More information is available on GDOT’s website.

Caribbean Carnival Parades

Posted by admin | Street Closure | Friday, May 23, 2014 2:22 pm

There are two Caribbean Carnival parades taking place Downtown tomorrow – Saturday, May 24th. The parades are scheduled to start at noon and be finished by 3pm. Below is an map overlaying the two parade routes.

The Official Atlanta Caribbean Carnival - parade starts near Hardy Ivy Park and leads to Morris Brown College

Atlanta Carnival – parade starts near Hardy Ivy Park and leads to Underground Atlanta

Please note that the MARTA shuttles for the Braves game will be departing from the West End station rather than Five Points/Underground. MARTA press release

Caribbean Carnival parades overlay

Broad Street SW Planning Workshop – Saturday, April 26th

Posted by admin | News | Tuesday, April 22, 2014 3:03 pm

Downtown Atlanta is hosting the national conference of the American Planning Association April 26-30, 2014. Over 3,500 professional city planners from across the country will attend the conference at the Georgia World Congress Center. In addition to the many tours, mobile workshops and sessions, the American Institute of Certified Planners will host a “Community Assistance Workshop.” The one-day workshop is an opportunity for planning professionals from across the country to volunteer their time and talent to provide input and recommendations regarding a planning issue in Atlanta.

The workshop participants will focus on the Broad Street SW corridor between the Garnett and Five Points MARTA rail stations. The goals of the workshop exercises are to 1) identify specific blockages to implementing the community’s vision and 2) to establish a realistic set of “first steps” that will spur community confidence and lead to revitalization in the area. In particular, the topics for discussion will focus on

  • Quality of Life Issues
  • Pop-Up Community: Tactical Urbanism
  • Investments in the Public Realm: Connectivity and Aesthetics

More background information can be found at http://www.planning.org/communityassistance/workshops.htm

You are invited to a summary presentation and discussion with the workshop participants

Saturday April 26, 2014
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
236 Forsyth Street SW – 2nd Floor

Please share this invitation with your colleagues, friends and neighbors.

6th Annual $500 Downtown Scavenger Hunt

Posted by debday | Events | Monday, April 7, 2014 10:47 am

Join us on Saturday, May 24 at 12:00 noon for our 6th Annual $500 Downtown Scavenger Hunt.

Have fun while learning about our neighborhood!  Go to Eventbrite to get your spot today!

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Fast & Furious 7 Filming

Posted by admin | Filming, Street Closure | Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:08 pm

Fast & Furious 7 has resumed filming in Downtown. Below are notification letters regarding lane closures, street closures, and the use of a helicopter below 500 feet. Contact information is included on each letter.

Any concerns that need the City’s attention can be directed to the Office of Entertainment. Their 24/7 hotline is (404) 295-0630.

March 2014 Meeting Agenda

Posted by admin | ADNA, Agendas, Licensing, Meetings | Friday, March 7, 2014 9:16 am

Atlanta Downtown Neighborhood Association Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Centennial Place Elementary School – 531 Luckie St NW (near North Ave)

socializing and tours at 6:30pm, meeting at 7:00pm

Welcome

Applications & Presentations:

Topic : Education

  • Centennial Place Conversion Charter
  • Council of Intown Neighborhoods & Schools
  • APS Board of Education
  • NPU M Education Committee

Committee Reports

General Discussion

Also, we will be collecting travel-size toiletries to donate to the Gateway Center.

ADNA Happy Hour

Posted by debday | ADNA, Dining, Events | Thursday, February 6, 2014 8:34 am

Tuesday, February 18th
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Slice Downtown
85 Poplar St NW

Complimentary appetizers
Drink specials

Martin Luther King Jr Drive Detour Plan

Posted by admin | Street Closure | Friday, January 31, 2014 1:14 pm

The following activities related to the Atlanta Falcons New Stadium construction are scheduled to begin Monday, February 3, 2014 (weather permitting):

a)   Martin Luther King Jr. Drive between Centennial Olympic Park Dr. and Mt. Vernon Baptist Access Road will be closed from all traffic and detour routes will begin.  Portions of Nelson St. will be converted into a two-way street as a detour route.

b)   Georgia Power is scheduled begin work on Northside Dr. and Mitchell St. to relocate infrastructure elements. This may include temporary lane closures (approximately 100 feet at a time) in the northbound curb lane of Northside Dr. and the south side curb lane of Mitchell St. The work will be ongoing until approximately April 27, 2013.

c)    Construction of a small parking lot will begin on Northside Drive, around GWCC Gate A.

14_02-03_New Stadium Project Construction Detour Route Map

If you have specific questions or concerns, contact Public Works, publicworks@atlantaga.gov, 404-330-6333.

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