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.


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

Spring Street Viaduct Replacement

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


More information is available on GDOT’s website.

Help Make Metro Atlanta Walkable!

Posted by Stephanie | Community Projects, Politics, Transportation | Thursday, June 28, 2012 11:10 am


Action Alert: the time for accountability on sidewalks is NOW!

Let Atlanta City Council know that you’ve waited long enough for responsible action on sidewalks. With last month’s record $3 million payout to a pedestrian injured after falling on a broken sidewalk, it’s past time for change.

Please add your voice to others asking for accountability and action in our upcoming public forum on the City of Atlanta’s sidewalk maintenance program:

Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 6:30 pm – 8 pm
Old Council Chambers, Atlanta City Hall
55 Trinity Avenue, Atlanta

Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell, Councilman Michael Julian Bond and Public Works Commissioner Richard Mendoza will participate in a panel discussion moderated by PEDS President & CEO Sally Flocks. We’ll include time for questions from the audience.

Your presence will let City Council members know that voters want the City to prioritize sidewalk maintenance – by replacing its dysfunctional sidewalk program and funding one that works.

Last Sunday’s Atlanta Journal Constitution reported on the failures in the present system.

At Atlanta Streets Alive last month, residents showed their support for safer sidewalks by supporting a PEDS petition composed of 180 signed footprints.  A week later, volunteers helped us present the banner at an Atlanta City Council meeting.

Help keep up the momentum for policy change that enables the City to address the estimated $152 million backlog of broken sidewalks and missing or broken curb ramps. Please participate in the forum and ask your friends and neighbors to do so as well!

What You Need to Know about the Regional Transportation Referendum

Posted by Stephanie | Community Projects, Transportation | Monday, June 25, 2012 2:42 pm

The July 31 Regional Transportation Referendum is an historic opportunity for Metro Atlanta. It would be the single largest investment in transit since the MARTA system. This is what it means for the Atlanta BeltLine. Please watch and share. (via

Absentee Ballot for Transportation Referendum

Posted by Stephanie | Community Projects, Politics, Transportation | Thursday, June 21, 2012 12:40 pm

We hope you all are able to make it out to the polls on July 31 for the vote on the Regional Transportation Referendum!

But for those who may not be able, here’s a handy link to request an Absentee Ballot.  Let your voice be heard!

Atlanta Beltline Quarterly Briefing, Tuesday, July 18

Posted by Stephanie | Community Projects, News, Transportation | Monday, June 18, 2012 4:56 pm

The Atlanta Beltline Quarterly Briefing is tomorrow! And speakers from across the region will be present to discuss the July Transportation Referendum. You don’t want to miss this!

When: Tuesday, June 19th from 6 to 8 p.m.
Where:Trees Atlanta, 225 Chester Ave., Atlanta

Featured speakers include:

-Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson
-Kevin Ross and Paul Bennecke of the Metro Atlanta Voter Education Network
-Kathryn Lawler, Manager of External Affairs for the Atlanta Regional Commission
-Tom Weyandt, Transportation Policy Advisory for Mayor Kasim Reed
-Atlanta City Councilman H. Lamar Willis

Construction Begins On Atlanta Streetcar Project

Posted by adna_admin | News, Transportation | Wednesday, February 1, 2012 1:41 pm

Repost from CBS Atlanta

Wednesday, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood kicked off construction of the Atlanta Streetcar system.

The 2.6-mile line will run through the heart of Atlanta’s business, tourism and convention corridor, bringing jobs and new economic development to the city.

The $94.4 million project was funded in part by a $47.6 million TIGER 2 grant from the Obama Administration.

This comes one week after President Barack Obama called for investments in transportation as part of “an America Built to Last” in his State of the Union address.

LaHood was joined at the event by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, City Councilman Kwanza Hall, A.J. Robinson with the Atlanta Downtown Improvement Partnership, and MARTA CEO Dr. Beverly Scott.

“Today’s launch of the Atlanta Streetcar project is the first step in a project that will transform our downtown corridor, and it reflects President Obama’s blueprint for an America that’s ‘built to last,'” said Mayor Reed. “I am grateful for the support of the Obama Administration and Secretary LaHood for the TIGER II grant, which stands as the largest single federal allocation awarded to the City of Atlanta for transportation outside of Hartsfield-Jackson Airport and MARTA in more than a decade.”

Operated by MARTA, the streetcar line will include 12 stops with access to major attractions like the World of Coca-Cola, CNN Center, the Georgia Aquarium, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and the historic Auburn Avenue corridor, which is the birthplace of the Civil Rights movement. The line will also connect with MARTA’s rail and bus systems with eventual connectivity to the Atlanta BeltLine.

“President Barack Obama and Secretary Ray LaHood are truly realizing the vision for transit in this country,” said Dr. Scott. “Thanks to their unwavering commitment to building a better way through transit investment, we are experiencing increased economic growth, a cleaner, greener environment and an overall improved quality of life for our citizens.”

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Latest Proposal from Portman Commission

Posted by adna_admin | Transportation | Monday, May 16, 2011 12:17 am
——– Original Message ——–

Subject: John Portman Recommendation
Date: Sun, 15 May 2011 20:38:56 -0400
From: Preston Harden <>

I hope all is well.  In an effort to determine an honor befitting Xernona Clayton and John Portman, the office of President Ceasar C. Mitchell engaged both commissions to develop a solution.  The solution was based from the feedback provided by the NPU, Urban Design Commission, Community at large and other factors.  It was the desire of the office of President Mitchell to find a common ground for the community and commission alike.  As a result, the following was recommended by the Clayton Commission:

Clayton Commission Recommendation:

  • Dedicate the upper portion of Hardy Ivy Park as “Xernona Clayton Plaza”.
  • Install street toppers on Baker Street from Piedmont Ave to Centennial Olympic Park.

John Portman Commission Recommendation:

  • Change Harris Street to John C. Portman Boularvard
  • Install street topper to reflect: “Historic Harris Street”
  • On Harris Street, install historic plaque to tell the history of Harris Street (Examples are below)
  • In addition, install historic plaque to tell the history of John C. Portman (Examples are below)

As both legislations were packaged together, we worked very hard with both commission to develop a common solution based on the feedback from the community.  In addition, the office of President Mitchell is also prepared to introduce a resolution to develop a city wide commission.  This commission will be responsible for reviewing the existing legislation and determine the best approach for honoring future honorees.

In close, we have worked very hard to find a common solution for all stakeholders.  Thank you in advance for your assistance and support.  We look forward to our continued partnership to make the city of Atlanta great.

Best Regards,

Preston L. Harden

Director of Intergovernmental and Community Relations

Office of President Ceasar C. Mitchell

(404) 376-6833

Abandonment of Foundry Street (proposed)

Posted by adnanews | Transportation | Thursday, January 27, 2011 12:44 pm

Please raise any questions or concerns on the proposed abandonment of Foundry Street by entering a comment below…

View in Google Docs if you’re unable to see it below.

Marietta Streetscape Project Update

Posted by adnanews | Transportation | Wednesday, January 26, 2011 3:41 pm

From Central Atlanta Progress:

“The following is a general update of the progress of the Marietta/COP Streetscape project. Despite some minor delays the project continues to progress as the contractor works diligently to make up for lost time.  Due to the lengthy project duration we are confident  that the contractor will be able to quickly make up for lost time and it is anticipated that the project completion date of September 2011 will stay the same.

Please continue to consult our website for more detailed updates at”

Contact information to submit questions or concerns are found in the link above.

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