10489631_10152460531486317_1772228662903586711_n-450x450The Atlanta City Council removed Buckhead from a long-term streetcar expansion plan at its meeting on Monday. The far-reaching enlargement of the system was proposed to be folded into the city’s official transportation blueprint, the ‘Connect Atlanta Plan’. A streetcar line along Peachtree Road from the Lindbergh MARTA station to Lenox Square was listed as a ‘priority’ extension.

Councilman Howard Shook, who represents much of Buckhead, offered the amendment to eliminate that leg from both the text and the accompanying map.

“We know from previous analysis and discussion that a lot more thought needs to be put into this,” said Shook. “The day may come when the public will support sharing precious Peachtree Road capacity with streetcars, but today isn’t it.”

The amendment was approved unanimously.

The revived plan to expand the streetcar line to Buckhead had already been met with resistance from residents and officials.

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.

4 replies on “Streetcar line to Buckhead removed from expansion plan”

  1. PLEASE let us stop trying to force improvements upon Buckhead, a neighborhood that doesn’t want it and has a CID that can afford to build their own. We DESPERATELY need new bike lanes and sidewalks on the east side of Atlanta, and our neighbors are unanimous in our support for them. Don’t build it in Buckhead, build it on the east side!

  2. PLEASE let us stop trying to force improvements upon Buckhead, a neighborhood that doesn’t want it and has a CID that can afford to build their own. We DESPERATELY need new bike lanes and sidewalks on the east side of Atlanta, and our neighbors are unanimous in our support for them. Don’t build it in Buckhead, build it on the east side!

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