The South's Next Streetcar System: Atlanta Streetcar

October 18, 2013

With a goal of spurring infill economic development in downtown and Sweet Auburn, the City of Atlanta (COA), the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID), and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) have teamed up to implement a modern streetcar transit system in Atlanta's urban core. Long time proponents of the streetcar's ability to stimulate economic development, Metro Jacksonville takes a look at what's coming to Atlanta.

One of four Atlanta Streetcars loaded onto a flatbed truck at the factory in California in 2012. Courtesy of the Atlanta Beltline at

Key features of the streetcar include:

- Potential for higher passenger loads
- Draw new transit riders
- Produces fewer emissions, impacting air quality and sustainability
- Reduces dependence on cars in a significant live-and-work corridor
- Appeals to visitors with its predictable fixed route
- Potential to increase ridership on connecting transit network


The Atlanta Streetcar's first phase will end at downtown Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park.





Streetcar construction on Peachtree Street in the heart of downtown Atlanta.


Auburn Avenue connects the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site (King Center) in Sweet Auburn with downtown Atlanta.


Rails being installed in Auburn Avenue.

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