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Atlanta — Extension to Buckhead Possible

June 2013

If Atlanta's 2.7-mile downtown modern streetcar line is a success, the route cold be extended northward over Peachtree to the Buckhead district, the Reporternewspaper.net site reports. Wikipedia describes the Buckhead neighborhood this way, "Buckhead is the uptown district of Atlanta, Georgia, United States, comprising approximately the northern fifth of the city. Buckhead is a major commercial and financial center of the Southeast, and it is the third-largest business district in Atlanta, behind Downtown and Midtown. The district's high-rise office buildings, hotels, and condominiums form a highly urbanized core along Peachtree Road."

Tom Weyandt, senior transportation advisor with the city of Atlanta, was quoted as saying that no timetable or funding exists for a possible north/south expansion. He said an east-west expansion connecting with the proposed Atlanta BeltLine is more likely to be the next step. He said that the Beltline is only about 2 1/2 blocks away from the eastern side of the Beltline so it would probably be the first deadline. However, he cautioned that almost two years need to be spent on environmental studies before any new segments begin construction.


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