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Atlanta streetcar

Atlanta streetcar

Atlanta streetcar

A streetcar will soon connect new developments in the Gulch, creating new walkability and a corridor for shoppers and residents to get around. And here's an interesting fact: Georgia State's new streetcar will have a stop on 13th Street.

STOP

The all-electric Streetcars (there are four of them) hold nearly 200 passengers and help curb air pollution and gas emissions by reducing the car traffic in the area. Streetcars use an overhead power system – a trolley wire – that operates on streets shared with regular cars. It runs seven days a week, about every 10 to 15 minutes. You can buy digital tickets through the Atlanta Streetcar app, use a MARTA Breeze card, get tickets at one of four vending machines along the route, or bring cash and pay $1 when you enter the streetcar. The Streetcar stops at each of its 12 stops, so it’s easy to get on and off.

The number of riders has inched up over the weeks, but I’ve never been on a car with more than 25 other people; it’s usually about a dozen—in a car that can seat 60 and carry up to 195. (One night I rode home alone. “I chose to think of this as my personal $98 million limo,” I told my husband.) In the mornings, I wait at the King Historic District stop along with senior citizens from nearby Wheat Street Towers and a few other Cabbagetown/Old Fourth Ward commuters. En route, we pick up Georgia State University students. In the evening, the mix changes, with a few tourists, more GSU students, and twentysomethings headed for Edgewood Avenue. Morning and evening there are always a few riders who appear to be homeless—or at least compelled to carry all their belongings on the trolley. (Source: www.atlantamagazine.com)

USE

To celebrate the Atlanta Streetcar’s (belated) fifth birthday, I decided to spend an evening riding around its limited track, to learn how it’s being used, who’s using it, and possibly, how much potential it still has.

Want to ride the whole loop? Prepare for an annoyingly long wait at the park—up to 15 minutes. This makes it harder to use the trolley to get around downtown. In theory, my colleagues and I should be able to get on the car at Peachtree Center and ride over to Sweet Auburn Curb Market for lunch. In practice, having to wait for the streetcar, and then at the park before carrying on to the market, means the travel alone would consume our entire break. No time for BBQ or empanadas. (Source: www.atlantamagazine.com)

 

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