Photo courtesy Atlanta Streetcar/Gene Phillips Photography
Photo courtesy Atlanta Streetcar/Gene Phillips Photography

The Atlanta Streetcar won’t be open to the public until November, according to a report from the AJC. Cost overruns, weather, relocating utilities, mandatory testing and, most recently, issues with the overhead cable system, have continually pushed the opening back from spring to summer and now autumn.

The 2.7-mile streetcar, which will ferry riders from Centennial Olympic Park to the King Center and back, broke ground in 2012 and is projected to cost $100 million. Tom Weyandt, deputy chief operating officer for the city, said he predicted that once the streetcar is up and running “no one will remember opening day.”

Testing of the cars on the tracks, which was supposed to begin in April, was pushed back to later this month and the Federal Transit Administration and Georgia Department of Transportation still have to sign off on the project.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.