Statement from Mayor Kasim Reed on the Opening of the Atlanta Streetcar:
I am proud to announce the Atlanta Streetcar opened for passenger service on Tuesday, December 30, 2014.
The Atlanta Streetcar Project is a collaborative effort among Atlanta’s political, business and transit communities to create efficient, sustainable and critical infrastructure that connects neighborhoods, the metro area and the greater region.
With the support of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s TIGER II Grant, Atlanta leaders have worked diligently to bring the Streetcar to our city safely and just in time for the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl and New Year’s celebrations.
I encourage families to ride the Streetcar as you visit our world-class tourist attractions like the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca Cola, and the College Football Hall of Fame. The Streetcar connects these attractions to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., birthplace and museum, and with a short ride, passengers can visit the new Center for Civil and Human Rights. These two institutions pay tribute to Atlanta’s role in the Civil Rights Movement, American history, and world history, and the role we will continue to play in expanding rights for all people in the future.