Atlanta — Service Begins
Atlanta's downtown streetcar began carrying passengers on December 30, 2014, making the Mayor's commitment to start service by the end of the year with one day to spare.
Crowds gathered as Atlanta's first new streetcar arrived during a grand opening ceremony at Woodruff Park on Tuesday, December 30, 2014. Mayor Kasim Reed and dignitaries held an official opening celebration in the park. After escalating costs and a series of delays, the Atlanta street car finally rolled through a stretch of downtown Atlanta. The city sees the initial line as the first of many that will connect with othe transit modes attracting investment and creating jobs. WSB Television quoted the Mayor as saying “When it was time to deliver the Atlanta Streetcar we pulled together and got it done.”
Federal funding of $47 million helped build the line.
At least two out of four street cars will run at all times.
No fare will be charged to ride the Atlanta Streetcar for the first three months, after which the fare for adults will be $1.