Atlanta Streetcar & Beltline Project

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Re: Atlanta Streetcar & Beltline Project

Postby Jeff Smith » Wed Sep 30, 2015 8:20 am

NOT good PR: Biz Journals

Atlanta Streetcar problems 'critical and must be corrected'

The Federal Transit Administration says it has “continuing concerns” with safety and operation of Atlanta Streetcar.

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A FTA letter to MARTA CEO Keith Parker and Mayor Kasim Reed says it is concerned with multiple problems with the overhead contacts that provide power to streetcars, delinquent maintenance contracts, and lack of technical expertise due to high employee turnover, reports WBS's Richard Belcher.

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Since spring, WSB has reported about drivers without proper licenses, a driver fired following a major accident, the jailing of a driver for an outstanding arrest warrant and the firing or resignation of nearly all top managers.
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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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