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Atlanta - February 2004
   

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Atlanta — Consultant Hired

Rail Transit Online, February 2004

Confirming the recommendation of its executive committee, the Atlanta Streetcar Inc. board of directors on Jan. 20 voted to hire a consulting team led by HDR Inc. to conduct a feasibility study on a proposed eight-mile (12.9 km) streetcar line along Peachtree Street from downtown Atlanta to Buckhead.  This was the board’s first meeting, which was opened by the ringing of a traditional streetcar bell.  HDR’s project director will be Charlie Hales, who was a Portland city commissioner and a major booster of that city’s downtown streetcar.  State Sen. Tommie Williams attended the board meeting to announce he would co-sponsor a bill in the legislature that would put Georgia at the forefront of obtaining federal funding for streetcars.  “People come to Portland just to ride the streetcar,” Williams said. “I can't imagine people coming to Atlanta just to ride the bus.”

 

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