Atlanta Light Rail Streetcar & Beltline Project

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Re: Atlanta Streetcar & Beltline Project

Postby Balerion » Thu Dec 10, 2015 7:14 am

Atlanta approves Streetcar expansion plan -- Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Atlanta City Council has approved a new Streetcar System Plan, which includes five crosstown routes in addition to 22 miles of streetcar service along the Beltline.

All totaled, the plan consists of a 50-plus mile streetcar system throughout the city. The document will serve as a framework for a potential Fulton County referendum in 2016 seeking approval from voters to impose an additional penny or fractional penny sales tax to fund transportation projects. Having the plan in place also enables the city to apply for large scale federal transportation funding.
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Re: Atlanta Streetcar & Beltline Project

Postby Jeff Smith » Sat May 28, 2016 10:21 am

Streetcar may be shut down: MyAJC

State threatens to close Atlanta streetcar
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In a letter to Mayor Kasim Reed and MARTA CEO Keith Parker on Monday, the Georgia Department of Transportation gave the city until June 14 to submit plans to address 60 outstanding problems outlined in the reports. If those plans are not sufficient, GDOT said, it will order the streetcar to shut down immediately.

The city and MARTA share responsibility for the $98 million system that runs in downtown Atlanta. State and federal law requires GDOT to oversee the safety and security of rail operations like the streetcar, GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry said.

The problems with the streetcar include poor maintenance procedures, inadequate staffing and a failure to properly investigate accidents.


And ridership is not what was expected:

After offering free fares for a year, the streetcar started charging $1 in January. Ridership plummeted. About 91,000 people rode the street in the first three months of this year – 48 percent less than the same period in 2015.
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Re: Atlanta Streetcar & Beltline Project

Postby litz » Tue May 31, 2016 1:05 pm

If I had to guess, a deal will be struck to prevent a shutdown.

Anyone who is surprised that ridership at $1/ride is a fraction of what it was when it was $0/ride is delusional.
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Re: Atlanta Light Rail Streetcar & Beltline Project

Postby Jeff Smith » Fri May 11, 2018 10:51 am

Expansion on the table, but Beltline supporters disappointed: MyAJC.com

Brief, fair-use:

MARTA transit plan includes 21 miles of light rail

MARTA and Atlanta have proposed building 21 miles of light rail lines and other transit improvements with the proceeds of a sales tax approved by city voters in 2016.
But it’s not enough for advocates of the Atlanta Beltline, who say the project is getting shortchanged.

The list of projects recommended by the city and MARTA - obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - includes the Clifton Corridor light rail line, plus a system of other rail lines snaking through downtown and along Campbellton Road in southwest Atlanta.
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But the proposal includes only a third of the light rail envisioned for the Beltline loop. Also missing from the list: A heavy rail extension along I-20 west, several other light rail lines and a bus rapid transit route along I-20 east.
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Since then, employees have evaluated dozens of potential projects that would cost a combined $11.5 billion. The proposed final list includes:
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A light rail system stretching from the Clifton Corridor to Campbelltown Road in southwest Atlanta. The network includes the northeast and southwest portions of the proposed Beltline Loop, plus a connecting link through downtown along the existing Atlanta Streetcar route. The streetcar would become part of the light rail network.


Clifton Corridor topic: viewtopic.php?f=137&t=95434&start=0
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Re: Atlanta Light Rail Streetcar & Beltline Project

Postby Jeff Smith » Tue May 15, 2018 10:20 am

https://www.myajc.com/blog/commuting/ma ... TZEYqNP6H/

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*Campbellton Line: Five miles of in-street light rail service along Campbellton Road between Oakland City Station and Greenbriar Mall. An arterial rapid transit line has been established. It will be upgraded to bus rapid transit and then to light rail in the long run. $263.7 million (light rail only).
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*Beltline Loop – Northeast: Three miles of in-street running light rail service from Ponce City Market to Lindbergh Station along Atlanta Beltline. $174 million.

*Beltline Loop – Southwest: Four miles of in-street running light rail service along Atlanta Beltline from roughly I-20 to Oakland City Station. $196.2 million.

*Crosstown Downtown West Extension: Three miles of in-street light rail service from the Atlanta Streetcar to the Atlanta Beltline – Southwest. $171.6 million.

*Crosstown Downtown East Extension: Two miles of in-street light rail service from the Atlanta Streetcar to Ponce City Market along Atlanta Beltline – Northeast. $189.8 million.
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