According to the
Streetsblog website, the Atlanta Streetcar, which is routed on a 2.7-mile loop around the
downtown Atlanta area, had been projected to carry 2000 passengers per
day, but currently only carries 700. See the Streetsblog report
at this link.
What's next for the Atlanta Streetcar system?
According to the
Atlanta Streetcar site, the Atlanta Streetcar is planned as a key part of a new system of local
and regional transportation. Additional phases will expand that service
even farther. In November 2016, Atlanta voters authorized funding for
a $2.6B expansion of MARTA. The list of projects to be funded by the referendum
includes 48 miles of new light rail and streetcar transit. Currently,
more than 16 of those expansion miles are undergoing National Environmental
Policy Act (NEPA) documentation in preparation for future project delivery.
What is causing the shortfall of riders?
The Streetsblog site asserts that the streetcars stop too frequently, and
often get stuck in street traffic which makes the service unreliable.
The City of Atlanta takes a different view, saying that the level of ridership
is in-line with expectations, and that other factors, like the new $1
charge, are affecting ridership. The city also points out that additional
phases will expand over 50 miles of Streetcar service connecting communities
and destinations along on-street corridors and the
What are the advantages of the Atlanta Streetcar?
According to the City of Atlanta, the Streetcar has been a real boost for
economic development, prompting more than $1.5 billion in new economic
activity has occurred very near the route, including a new $96 million
apartment building, being developed by
Post Properties. Future phases of the project will be instrumental in creating a citywide
network of transit options.
The Atlanta Weinstein attorneys support the development of mass transit
in all of its forms
Yes, while ridership may be lagging, the cost is significant, and the future
phases of the project are not complete, we are fully supportive of any
additional mass-transit systems we can get. Atlanta traffic is some of
the worst in the nation, and people are getting injured and killed in
collisions daily. A vibrant and growing metropolitan city of Atlanta's
caliber deserves a world-class transportation system.