ATLANTA – Crews last week began installing the first track for Atlanta’s new streetcar line, which is slated to open next spring.
Workers are expected to install one block of track every three to four weeks, according to city officials. When the east-west route opens next spring, city officials believe the new $69.2 million line will ferry tourists to and from many of the city’s popular downtown attractions.
When completed, the 2.7-mile streetcar line will connect with MARTA, the city’s existing transit system, and eventually the Atlanta BeltLine, a public-private partnership that is building walking paths – and eventually streetcars – along abandoned, underused and active railroad right-of-ways. The initial system will have 12 stops and four electric streetcars.