Atlanta Streetcar Delayed Again Due To Construction Issues

Jul 16, 2014

One of the four streetcars making its way to the charging station under the downtown connector in the Sweet Auburn district.

The Atlanta Streetcar’s launch date has been delayed yet again.

City officials now say the Streetcar won’t be ready for passengers at least until October, but probably November. The latest estimate had been this summer.

Streetcar spokeswoman Sharon Gavin said it’s due to track and station construction issues along the downtown Atlanta route.

“What’s the phrase the mayor likes to use … doing hard things is hard ... and building a streetcar system is hard and there’s a lot of utility relocations and things that go along with that,” said Gavin.

The Streetcar was originally slated to begin service in the summer of 2013, but construction issues have dogged the project and raised its price tag by $6 million. 

However, Gavin said the latest delay won’t affect project costs, which are currently hovering around $100 million. 

Next month, city officials expect to begin trial runs of the four streetcars without passengers. That process is expected to take 60-90 days.

The Streetcar will ultimately run from Centennial Olympic Park to the Martin Luther King memorial site.