Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Atlanta City Council approves Peachtree streetcar study

Posted By on Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 2:57 PM

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The Atlanta City Council yesterday approved a deal that could once again see streetcars running along Peachtree.

The Midtown Alliance and Central Atlanta Progress have offered up to $600,000 for MARTA to study the streetcar project, which last year was placed on hold after the city realized its budget woes.

Yesterday's deal also allows officials to determine if the project could compete for up to $300 million in federal transportation stimulus cash. According to City Council President Lisa Borders' mayoral campaign website, streetcars could become a reality in five years.

The $1 billion streetcar project, which includes new parks and streetscapes along the streetcar route, proposes connecting Fort McPherson to Buckhead. The first phase eyed for implementation — estimated at $120 million before the market tanked — would connect Midtown to downtown and include an east-west tourist loop stretching from the King Center to Centennial Olympic Park.

As funds become available, councilmembers requested studies be conducted on extending the line along Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, to Grant Park, to the downtown government center and to Fort McPherson.

None of the councilmembers had the courage to demand skybuckets be included as part of the study. For this, they will never be forgiven.

(Courtesy Peachtree Corridor Task Force)

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